By Prarthito Maity | Dec 08, 2012 08:48 PM EST
Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez 4 are rearing up for one of the most exciting and interesting boxing matches of the year. The two old rivals will be meeting for the fourth time.
With their first fight ruled as a questionable draw, and their two following fights awarded to Pacquiao by controversial decision, this rivalry remains intense, unresolved, and seems like it’s growing almost every day.
After a long wait and months of speculation, the pound-per-pound king, Pacquiao, has finally settled on a decision to take on his biggest rival, Juan Manuel Marquez on their fourth and probably their last fight, with the big event being held at MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas Nevada on Dec. 8, 2012. The last three fights of Pacquiao and Marquez were all controversial and this one is expected to be no different.
Manny, however, seems to slip past his prime during the past few years and Marquez pretty much is the only opponent that can match his speed and power. A Mexican counter puncher such as Marquez has shown fans how he can trade punches with the champ and certainly he does it with sheer brute force.
So will Pacquiao put his several distractions aside and relight the old fire, or will Marquez dictate the pace and not just rely on his superb timing and counterpunching? The big names in boxing as well as several writers have already started rating them as well as the fight.
“Think back to the end of their last fight. Right before the decision was announced, Manny Pacquiao, who can feint in the ring but doesn’t possess the best poker face, was the picture of defeat. Unfortunately, the judges got it wrong that night. The Pacquiao/Bradley decision garnered more outrage from the press, but Marquez/Pacquiao III was the bigger travesty. Number four will be Marquez’s fight. He’ll once again show his mastery of ring geography,” writes Adam Berlin of Boxing.com. “He’ll once again land the more dramatic blows. And, fueled by injustice, he’ll be more motivated than his familiar rival. For one Las Vegas night, the days when fighters fought each other multiple times will be resurrected, and in an old-school contest of veteran skill and savvy, Marquez will win handily. Let’s hope the judges get it right.”
“There's been a razor-thin edge for both fighters in all the fights. It's hard to say one way or the other who won unless you just like a certain style," states Eddie Chambers, former Heavyweight Title Challenger and Cruiserweight Contender.
Chambers also believes that the reason every fight has been so close is because both fighters feel they have the capability to govern the other, and because of that fans always get the best of both fighters. He feels Pacquiao will win.
"I think Pacquiao is going to come out and be very aggressive," B.J. Flores, Cruiserweight Contender and NBC Boxing Analyst states. "I think Freddie and those guys really plan on going for the knockout and that plays right into Marquez's hands. I think Marquez is definitely the better counter puncher and is going to be stronger this time. I like Marquez in a 12-round decision."
Pacquiao vs Marquez 4 Fight Time is on Saturday (December 8) at 6:00 PM PT / 9:00 PM EST. The fight will also go live on HBO PPV. Fans can also check out Firstrowsports.eu for a free live stream (note that the link will only go live five minutes before the fight starts).
Check here for an embedded video player that will stream the Pacquiao vs. Marquez 4 fight in real time.
Additionally, pacquiaovsmarquez4.info is also offering a live stream of the fight or those who can’t go to Las Vegas to watch the fight.
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