Editor's Note: This piece was written in response to Opposing Views writer Alex Groberman's piece "Juan Manuel Marquez Knows He’s a Dead Man vs. Manny Pacquiao" published on July 10, 2011.
Mr. Groberman: I read your article on the November trilogy between Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao. I find it a bit appalling you see JMM as a dead man walking. He said he would "go for the kill or die trying." I am not sure if you watched the first 24 rounds but JMM dominated his foe in at least 18 of those rounds. I do get he was knocked down (4 times) but I don't comprehend how a man, who has dominated Manny like JMM, isn't given a chance by writers like yourself.
You mentioned JMM isn't the fighter that fought Manny the past two times. Did you consider that Manny isn't either? Some of the issues JMM had with Manny was the Filipino's wild angles and off balance style yet Marquez solved them pretty easily. Now that Manny sits on his punches much more, this plays right into the hands of JMM.
I do understand the weight issue but I also have watched boxing long enough to understand that styles make fights and no matter how many times they fight, JMM has Manny solved. This isn't to say Manny can't win, but I think you should have more respect for JMM than to use terms like "Dead Man Walking."
Marquez is ready to lay it all on the line and has been ducked by Manny long enough. Remember, after fight 2 it was Manny who jumped in weight and it was JMM that followed him.
Thank you for at least mentioning that Juan Manuel Marquez deserved one of the wins against Manny as that is more than most do.
But then again these boxing pundits had him winning fight 2 as well.
Associated Press:114-113 Marquez
- Joe Santoliquito:115-112 Marquez
- Dan Rafael, ESPN.com: 114-113 Marquez
- Darius Ortiz, ESPN.com:114-113 Marquez
- Eric Raskin, ESPN.com:114-113 Marquez
- Brian Kenny, Friday Night Fights:115-112 Marquez
- Scott Mallon, Ring Magazine / Boxing News / The Fist / Boxing Digest:114-113 Marquez
- Yahoo Sports:115-112 Marquez
- Fight News.com:115-112 Marquez
- Steve Carp, Las Vegas Review Journal: 114-113 Marquez
- Norm Fraunheim, Arizona Republic:114-113 Marquez
- Rich Marrotta, Top Rank TV:114-113 Marquez
- Kieran Mulvaney, Reuters:114-113 Marquez
- DogHouseBoxing:114-113 Marquez
- Brett Conway, MaxBoxing.com:114-113 Marquez
- Rick Reeno, BoxingScene.com:114-113 Marquez
- Gary Randall, MaxBoxing.com:114-113 Marquez
- Bart Barry, 15Rounds.com:115-113 Marquez
- Bruce McTavish, International Judge:115-112 Marquez
- Francis Ochoa, Philippine Daily Inquirer:114-113 Marquez
- Scott Christ, BadLeftHook.com:114-113 Marquez
- William Detloff, The Ring Magazine:115-113 Marquez
- Ron Borges, TheSweetScience.com:114-113 Marquez
- Bert Sugar:Marquez
- Max Kellerman & Bob Papa:Marquez in both fights
- Nonito Donaire:114-113 Marquez
- Filipino Sports Analysts Ronnie Nathanielsz, Recah Trinidad and Ed Picson all picked Marquez.
- Graham Houston, FightWriter.com also picked Marquez
- Andrew Walker, ********boxing.com:115-114 Marquez
- Jeff Pryor, The Boxing Bulletin:114-113 Marquez
- Andrew Fruman, The Boxing Bulletin:114-113 Marquez