Local boxers see Pacquiao vs. Marquez 5-A A +A
Sunday, December 9, 2012
WHAT’S next? Should Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao hang his gloves or should he pursue yet another rematch against Mexican rival Juan Manuel Marquez?
Some of the most talented boxers and their boxing coaches had different opinions on the 33-year-old congressman’s next move after a shocking sixth-round knockout in the hands of Marquez.
World Boxing Organization light flyweight champion Donnie Neites, unbeaten up-and-comer Genesis Servania, former world title challenger Jimrex Jaca and both coaches Edito and Edmund Villamor expects another chapter in the epic rivalry between Pacquiao and Marquez.
“Manny just got caught. Manny was winning that fight,” said Neites “They should have another rematch .Marquez got lucky.”
“It was a really close fight. I think there will be a fifth fight,” Servania said.
“Pacquiao was winning that fight. Nobody is that good if they get hit by that kind of shot. There will be a fifth fight,” said Edmund.
“It was exciting. Pacquiao was really ahead. I think there will be a rematch because it wasn’t a boring fight,” said Edito.
“Pacquiao was ahead. He got almost all the rounds. Marquez got lucky and knocked him out. I think there will be a rematch,” said Jaca.
One-time world title contender Rey “Boom-Boom” Bautista and Jason Pagara, on the other hand, believe that it should be Pacquiao’s last appearance inside the ring.
“He was winning. It was in the last 10 seconds and Manny did not see the counter punch coming,” said Bautista”I think it’s already enough. He should retire because he has nothing to prove.”
“He just got caught off guard. I think Manny should retire,” said Pagara.
World-rated flyweight Milan Melindo believes that Pacquiao knows his body more and he should be the one to decide his future in the sport.
“That is boxing,” said Melindo “It all depends on Pacquiao.”
Jaca, who once fought Marquez, and Edito feel that Marquez’s strategy of gaining some bulk was a good strategy despite some concerns that the 39-year-old would slow down because of the added mass.
“It was a good strategy to gain some muscles,” said Jaca. “He hit hard when we fought at the lower divisions. How much more now that he is bigger?”
Marquez caught Pacquiao with vicious shot from out of nowhere and put the Filipino superstar to sleep with just a second until the bell that signaled the end of the sixth round.
Aside from Marquez’s added muscle, Edito believes that it was Pacquiao’s overconfidence that killed him.
“Marquez gaining some muscle was a huge help but I think he was overconfident and felt that he could knockout Marquez,”said the ALA Gym head coach.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 10, 2012.