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article imageBoxing pundits say Pacquiao will beat Marquez at 147 Special

By Kenneth P. Ragpala     Nov 29, 2010 in Sports
After a gutsy comeback win against Michael Katsidis, Mexican lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez now asks 8-division champion Manny Pacquiao for a third fight. Experts, however, says Marquez is simply no match for Pacquiao at this point.
Marquez, as great as he is, is no longer on the same level as his ultimate rival Pacquiao, whom Marquez fought twice with both fights ending in a controversial fashion. Granted that Pacquiao struggled with Marquez in their encounters, but Pacquiao simply evolved into a juggernaut beyond the lightweight division.
Pacquiao has won all fights he had over the 135-lb limit, all of which are against heavier and bigger opponents that include former champions Oscar dela Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto, Joshua Clottey, and Antonio Margarito. In contrast, Marquez only has one showing beyond the lightweight limit and that was a losing bid against former welterweight champion and defense genius Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
While a third installment between Pacquiao and Marquez definitely has the drama to come with the mix, boxing experts believe that Marquez is too old and would be way out of his comfort zone to be at his competitive best should he chooses to fight the Filipino champion at welterweight.
Former Australian amateur boxing champion and highly respected promoter Peter Maniatis says "It would have been a great fight because both boxers have a bitter score to settle. But with the progress Pacquiao has shown, I don't see Marquez winning that bout."
Philippine-based boxing manager and promoter Art Afable told this writer that Marquez' age factor is something that would work against the Mexican champion. "Marquez has always been the better boxer than Pacquiao. He's a master technician. But he also has to consider his age. Pacquiao twice had a hard time against him but that was ages and some lower divisions ago."
"It would be a big gamble for Marquez," Afable added.
For John "Iceman" Scully, a former light heavyweight contender and a boxing analyst for ESPN, Pacquiao will be too much for Marquez at this stage. "Pacquiao will whip him (Marquez) convincingly."
The Pacquiao Marquez fought twice before is a whole lot different now. Pacquiao is very much explosive and energetic," Scully added.
But for former Pacquiao opponent and boxing promoter Oscar dela Hoya, Marquez has what it takes to beat his nemesis. In an interview with dela Hoya said"
''Marquez is the best, simple as that. Pacquiao is the fight we want, and the fight that Mexico wants, and the fight the world wants. Marquez is better, is getting stronger at the higher weights, and is faster now. He is like old wine. And Pacquiao most face Marquez in order to get respect from the boxing world because they have unfinished business."
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