MANILA, Philippines – Mexican boxer Juan Manuel Marquez is likely to go for broke when he faces Manny Pacquiao for the fourth time on December 8, said sports analyst Joaquin Henson.
Henson said the fourth clash would likely be Marquez’s last shot at the Filipino boxing superstar, which is why the Mexican is highly motivated to beat Pacquiao by knockout.
“If the Mexican fails to win in his fourth attempt, he won’t get another chance so this is make or break for him. That’s why he’s gunning for a knockout – Marquez will go for broke because he knows there will be no tomorrow,” Henson recently said in his Philstar column, Sporting Chance.
The Pacquiao-Marquez rivalry began in 2004 when they fought to a thrilling draw in a featherweight title fight.
This was followed by a rematch 4 years later in the super featherweight division, which was won by Pacquiao via a split decision.
Last year, the two went at it again at the welterweight class. Pacquiao won again via a controversial majority decision.
Henson said Pacquiao would need a convincing win against Marquez if he wants to get the superbout against Floyd Mayweather Jr.
“Pacquiao needs a resounding victory to stay marketable in negotiating the much-awaited showdown with Floyd Mayweather next year. Marquez is out to prove a point and detests Pacquiao with a passion,” said the analyst.