Tuesday, July 19, 2011

should be interesting

Saturday, Juan Manuel Márquez KO'd Likar Ramos in the 1st round, setting up Márquez' November 12th rematch with Manny Pacquiao.

Back in 2004, Márquez and Pacquiao fought to a draw after Márquez came back from being knocked down three times in the 1st round.

In 2008, Pacquiao beat Márquez on a split decision. Márquez went down in the 3rd round in that fight.

The first fight was at featherweight, the second at super-featherweight. I think the fight in November will be at welterweight.

Both of those two fights were controversial and the decisions could have gone either way. I don't think anyone in recent years has fought Pacquiao as well as Márquez did.

Everybody wants to see Pacquiao vs. Mayweather, but I seriously doubt that would be as good a fight as Pacquiao vs. Márquez.

Márquez fought Mayweather in 2009 at 144 lbs. Márquez was moving up in weight and didn't look so hot; he came in at 142. Mayweather came in over the limit at 146, which cost him a financial penalty, and Mayweather won the unanimous decision.

Márquez is 53-5-1 with 39 KOs. It'll be interesting to see if older Márquez vs. older Pacquiao at welterweight will be anything like young Márquez vs. young Pacquiao at featherweight and super-featherweight. It's also interesting because if Pacquiao loses the fight, there goes any chance for Pacquiao vs. Mayweather. Another interesting point is that Márquez couldn't handle Mayweather, so how can Pacquiao handle him? Is Pacquiao that much better than he was before? The "experts" say so, but we'll have to see.

One thing's for certain: Márquez is a tough Mexican fighter with a great record who has never been stopped. Should be interesting to see if Pacquiao can finally stop him in November.

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