Manny Pacquiao vs Juan Manuel Marquez Fight Predictions
(53-3-2, 38 KO) Manny Pacquiao, the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world is ready to end all speculation, as he fights the biggest and strongest (53-5-1, 39 KO) Juan Manual Marquez ever on Saturday night, for the third and final time in their careers.
The MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada will be filled to capacity to see one of the greatest of all time do what he does best. With an unmatched combination of blinding speed, crippling power, beautiful footwork and the heart of a lion, the man they call PAC-MAN has solidified his name as one of the top five fighters of all time.
When you think about the way Pacquiao has dominated the sport and for how long, one can’t help but to compare him to guys like Muhammad Ali, “Sugar” Ray Leonard, Roberto “Manos de Piedra” Duran and Alexis Arguello, just to name a few. When you see this guy fight, you know you’re looking at something special, something that’s rarely seen in sports…
On Saturday night, the 32-year-old Pacquiao will take on another legend of the sport in 38-year-old, Juan Manuel Marquez. But this isn’t like any other JMM we’ve ever seen. Bigger and stronger than ever, Dinamita, is determined to pull off what would be one of the biggest upsets in sports’ history. To beat Manny Pacquiao at his prime would be something that no one could see coming! But that’s exactly why Marquez believes that he can pull off the impossible.
“That’s OK, I don’t care,” Marquez said. “People think what they want to think. I’ve heard it before. That won’t affect me at all.”
Many skeptics believe that Marquez’s confidence for this fight is extremely high because he may in fact have an illegal edge on his opponent. As we reported earlier, the reigning WBA/WBO lightweight champ hired a new coach, which has led to many people questioning Marquez’s sudden, bulkier physique.
For his Pacquiao camp, he hired PED dealer, Angel “Memo” Heredia and put him in charge of his strength and conditioning. Heredia changed his name to Angel Hernandez, which is the alias he goes by today, after ratting on his former partner Victor Conte and helping bring down the infamous Bay Area Laboratories Co-Operative.
Hernandez was a key witness in the government’s case, which eventually exposed the BALCO scandal and dozens of pro and Olympic athletes were busted for using performance-enhancing drugs. Of course, Marquez denies any wrongdoing and the allegations that he took PEDs in preparation for this fight. I’ll let the public decide.
“Of course it hurts to hear people say things about me that aren’t true,” Marquez said. “I haven’t done anything wrong and I’ve worked extremely hard to do this. But I can’t think about that now. There will be time for that later.”
It’s hard to imagine Marquez will be able to beat Pacquiao on Saturday night, with or without PEDs in his training. I believe that the move up in weight will affect his speed and stamina, like it did for the Floyd Mayweather fight. at the end of the day, Pacquiao is younger, faster, more powerful and more squalled than any version of JMM we’ve ever seen. I still like Pacquiao to come out victorious in this fight, whether it’s by knockout or decision, and leave no doubt as to who the better fighter is and always was.