Can Manny Pacquiao Knock Juan Manuel Marquez Out Early?

| by Alex Groberman

Most boxing observers think that Manny Pacquiao will beat Juan Manuel Marquez when the two square off this December. Even though Marquez is a very capable fighter, and even though Pacquiao has not been particularly impressive over the past 12 months, there is just no getting around the fact that the latter is better. When he is at the top of his game and has his head on straight, Pacquiao is superior to just about everyone currently in the sport. 

That’s not to say that Marquez won’t give his counterpart trouble on Dec. 8, of course. He has proven time and time again that, stylistically, he poses a bigger threat to Pacquiao than just about anyone else in boxing. But in terms of actually closing the deal and earning a victory – it’s tough to see Marquez being able to cross the finish line.

Once you buy into the general idea that Pacquiao will win this match, the question then becomes: how will he win it? Will he win it via unanimous decision? Split decision? Knockout? And if by knockout, in how many rounds?

Manny insists that he is going to revert back to his old self and aim to end this one early; however, because the Filipino champ hasn’t actually been able to knock anyone out since 2009, it is a little tough to see him being able to do it this time around. At least one person thinks it’s doable, though. There is one boxing fan out there who, for whatever reason, believes that Pacquiao can finish Marquez off really early. That one person?

Pacquiao’s mother, apparently.

“Gusto kong daliin niya in one round, two rounds… oo, i-knockout mo na (I want him to finish Marquez in one round, two rounds… yes, you knock him out),” she said in an interview with ABS-CBN’s Dyan Castillejo.

So there you have it – this match will end in two rounds.

Obviously Pacquiao’s mother is biased and he definitely won’t knock Marquez out that early, but her comments do bring up an interesting question: can Pacquiao actually end this bout via KO? Mind you, nothing we have seen from the Filipino champ over the past three years indicates that he can. If he couldn’t take down Timothy Bradley -- who was fighting with two bad feet and getting absolutely destroyed -- how will he be able to take out a guy who traditionally gives him as many problems as Marquez does?

Dec. 8 will definitely be very interesting.

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