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.