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  Thank You Juan Manuel Marquez

By Dave Wilcox


Juan Manuel Marquez did the unthinkable last Saturday night in Las Vegas. He brought out the Kryptonite against Superman and made Manny Pacquiao seem human yet again. The Manny hype train has been in full force for quite a few years now and it seemed that “Pacman” was invincible and could leap tall buildings in a single bound.

What Marquez did on Saturday was remind us that if you don’t stand in front of Pacquiao and let him beat you like a drum, you can use his size against him. I remember when I watched Floyd Mayweather fight Marquez, the “Pretty Boy” seemed much larger and faster than the diminutive Marquez. When the Mexican warrior stood in the ring with Pacquiao, he seemed bigger and stronger than the Philippine legend.

What does this mean? It means that all of a sudden there is once again drama in a Pacquiao fight and that can only mean bigger business for our beloved sport. Last Friday night, I was lukewarm to the thought of paying sixty bucks to watch Manny Pacquiao beat yet another opponent silly. On Sunday morning, I wondered if Tim Bradley would be too quick for Pacquiao and whether or not Mayweather would win every round of a 12 rounder against Manny. The thought also crossed my mind that maybe Miguel Cotto could do better in a rematch if he gets by the plaster free Margacheato in their upcoming return bout. Dare I say Amir Kahn’s reach and boxing ability would give Pacquiao fits?

The bottom line is that boxing is better off now that Juan Manuel Marquez performed so well on Saturday night against Manny Pacquiao. Last week the only opponent I wanted to see Pacquiao fight was Mayweather. Now, I can’t wait to see him fight a handful of guys.

Bob Arum wins again. Say what you want about the maroon haired boxing legend. He might be corrupt, dishonest and irritating, but he is also a genius as it relates to promotion and after Saturday night, I think we have a better understanding on why he won’t make the Mayweather fight.

What a difference a day makes.

Thanks for the clarification, Mr. Marquez.

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