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Manny Pacquiao will face Juan Manuel Marquez for the fourth time on December 8, 2012. The fight will be held in MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas Nevada, USA. Kenny Bayless will be the referee. The judges are Adalaide Byrd (Nevada), Steve Weisfeld (New Jersey) and John Keane (UK). This is a 12 round fight and the winner will take special WBO belt “Fighter of the Decade”.
Pacquiao and Marquez first meet on May 8, 2004 for WBA and IBF title. Pacquiao floored Marquez three times in the first round but the Mexican warrior got up and continued until the final bell—sweeping most of the remaining rounds. The fight ended in a draw.
Marquez felt he won the fight. Pacquiao wanted a rematch. But the rematch did not materialize until May 15, 2008—almost four years. Pacquiao won a split decision. A fight that could went either way. Roach believed that the third round knockdown made the difference. Marquez felt he was robbed.
For the third time the arch-rival fought once again on November 11, 2011; promising a decisive conclusion of their rivalry. Many believe Pacquaio will knock-out Marquez this time. This prediction is based on Pacquiao’s blockbuster performance against bigger opponents in higher weight class that includes David Diaz, Oscar De la Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto, Joshua Clottey, Antonio Margarito and Shane Mosley.
Nevertheless, we are entertained with the same outcome—a very competitive fight that could go either way. Pacquaio won via majority decision. Marquez felt he was robbed for the third time. He was so upset that he talked about retirement but willing to face his tormentor for a fourth time.
However, Pacquiao believed that he has nothing to do with Marquez and fought undefeated American Timothy Bradley in June—losing in a very controversial decision.
My prediction for Pacquiao vs. Marquez 4 is simple. “Styles makes fight”. This will be again a very competitive and entertaining fight that could go either way that will make it controversial again; déjà vu of the second and third fight. Why? It is because they are too familiar to each other. The element of surprise will not be there.
At this late stage of their career it is almost impossible for them to change dramatically their style. Levels of motivation might be different.
However, a single punch can change everything. Pacquaio can do that. Marquez said that it is difficult to knockout Pacquaio but it is possible.