Quijano: 3 possible scenarios for Pacquiao-Marquez IV-A A +A
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
THIS is usually the time when I come out with my three possible scenarios for a major fight. And as duke-outs go, they do not get any bigger than Paquiao-Marquez IV. Let’s get right down to business.
A. The Pacman starts out fast, eager to replicate what transpired in the first round of their first fight in which he enjoyed his most successful three minutes against his archrival.
Marquez, however, seems strategically prepared for the bum-rush. He uncharacteristically clinches whenever the opportunity arises and stifles his incendiary opponent’s offense.
The tactic is repeated in the 2nd and 3rd rounds and Marquez seems to have gained strength from his extensive weight-training regimen, which serves him well in the clinches as he tries to out-leverage the Pacman.
It’s getting to be an ugly unwatchable fight, and the crowd gets restless.
Manny, however, is unperturbed, and goes for the attack relentlessly. His efforts pay him dividends big time in round 6 as right out of a clinch, he unleashes a good solid hook on Marquez’s chin and sends him down.
The crowd erupts, but Marquez is more surprised than hurt and is up at the count of 5. Manny is on him like a flash, but the bell summons the end of the round.
In Round 6, Marquez reverts to boxing and countering his aggressive opponent and succeeds in keeping the Pacman at bay. Rounds 7 and 8 are close, but Marquez seems to be edging the rounds with his more accurate snipes.
In Round 9, Manny gets his second wind and he surges again with renewed vigor. He lands a couple of solid left straights and bloodies Marquez’s nose.
In Round 10, a tiring Marquez again resorts to clinching and hugging, but an unorthodox Pacquiao 5-punch combo, which ends with a right uppercut, clips him and he is down again.
This time, he is hurt. The recuperative powers that have served him so well in the past have deserted him now at 39. He gets up feebly and wobbly in 8 and the Pacman pounces.
A brave Marquez fights back, but brutal left straight jerks his head back violently and the ref steps in to halt the carnage.
B. Marquez starts out as the aggressor and Manny is only too willing to oblige. They pick up right where they left off and this is round 13 of the third fight.
They trade furious combinations in the middle of the ring and the crowd goes wild.
The succeeding rounds are close and difficult to score with both fighters landing effectively.
In rounds 5-7, the pace dips and Marquez seems to control the fight with his ring generalship.
Manny dictates the action and wins rounds 8-10. In round 11, perhaps sensing that he needs the championship rounds to secure the win, the Pacman goes for broke and tries for the knockout.
Marquez is stunned on a couple of occasions, but also counters well. The 12th is the best round of the fight with both fighters having their moments.
The fight ends with both men raising their hands in victory, but this time the law on averages catches up with Pacquiao as Marquez is declared the winner via split decision. Another controversial verdict, but this time it is Marquez who gets the nod.
C. Both men start out cautiously. Perhaps it is because they are not anymore the feral young men they were when they first met, or it is a matter of strategy. Whatever the case, rounds 1 to 2 feature a lot of jabbing and feinting.
Pacman explodes in round 3 and lands a short right hook for a flash knockdown. Marquez is furious and fights back with a sizzling right uppercut-left hook combo that catches Manny off-guard and stuns him along the ropes.
Marquez is on him like a bloodhound, but in his fervor, he gets careless and Manny clips him again with a left hook.
Marquez goes down, but gets up at 7. It is Manny’s turn to pounce but the bell saves “Dinamita.”
Manny re-assumes his familiar role as the aggressor in the middle rounds while a cautious Marquez is relegated to counter-punching.
Marquez seems hopeful that he can revisit his brilliant comeback in the first fight,
but it was not meant to be.
By now, Manny has become so familiar with his style that he wins the rounds easily with his speed and power.
The fight ends mercifully for Marquez who is badly beaten and thumped, but nonetheless holds his head up high for having survived four grueling fights with the greatest southpaw in boxing history.
LAST ROUND. It’s on Pureza “Ampog” M. Tero who celebrates her birthday this week. Cheers!
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 05, 2012.