March 15, 2008, the 12th round both fighters bloodied and unease about the judges decision as they raise their hands to the air declaring victory on their own right… Manny Pacquiao escape the hairline split decision win against the boxer who gave Manny some beating more than any other boxer he has faced in years. Like it or not Juan Manuel Marquez made Manny Pacquiao what he is now…a multi-dimensional fighter who has now power on both hands. So what transcends a fighter like Manny into boxing stardom? Marquez exposed Manny on their first fight mainly exposing him as a one dimensional fighter relying most on his power while decking Juanma three times on the first round but as the fight progresses Juanma took Pacquiao’s challenge and got a draw on the 12th round by simply counterpunching Pacquiao. The rematch happened four years after when Freddie Roach developed a one-dimensional fighter who bulldozed his way against his opponents into a boxer who uses tremendous footwork and speed and fights in controlled aggression the result was tremendous having legendary names on his W list such as Oscar Larios, Hector Velasquez, Erik Morales and Marco Antonio Barrera. On their rematch 5 lbs later, Marquez almost got a win on Pacquiao if he wasn’t floored down earlier in their match it was another weakness that Marquez expose of Manny his ability to throw his right hand and when Manny lounges towards Marquez for a punch he was countered by a smashing right hook. That was corrected by Freddie Roach and gave it a test drive disposing the 135lb. champion David Diaz. So taking away all the Marquez matchup Manny could have ended his career earlier than we think. A Juan Marquez maybe Pacquiao’s nemesis but he also is a blessing in disguise because Manny won’t have those victories against Oscar De La Hoya and Ricky Hatton if it weren’t for him. He sharpened Manny before going into bigger battles like the upcoming Cotto fight. Question will be will Manny and Marquez fight the third and final match? Marquez is aching to fight Manny and settle the score once and for all but I hope he doesn’t put his hopes high because Manny is now a complete fighter and it will be too late to realized when he is in the ring… he just created a monster.
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