MANILA, Philippines – A boxing analyst is sensing another mismatch for Manny Pacquiao when the boxing dynamo from the Philippines collides with Mexico’s Juan Manuel Marquez on November 12.
Ring Magazine’s Michael Rosenthal said that at a 144-pound catch weight, Marquez will look sluggish against the fleet-footed Pacquiao.
“We got a good look at what Marquez looks like as a welterweight, when he fought Floyd Mayweather Jr. at 142 pounds in 2009. He couldn’t even begin to cope with Mayweather’s speed and ability,” he said in Ringtv.com, referring to the Mexican’s decision loss to Mayweather.
Rosenthal said Pacquiao could probably send the older Marquez to retirement.
“Marquez is in for the worst beating of his career, perhaps a career-ending beating,” he said.
Because of this, Rosenthal thinks the fight will be a mismatch.
Last May 7, Pacquiao scored a lopsided win over the aging "Sugar" Shane Mosley in a fight considered by most fight fans as "boring".
As a ring tactician, Marquez gave Pacquiao two of his toughest career fights.
The Mexican champion battled the Pacman to controversial draw in 2004. Four years later, Pacquiao defeated Marquez via a split decision.
But Rosenthal pointed out that Pacquiao has already acquired size while retaining his speed and power. He said that this will play a big factor in the Filipino's third face-off with Marquez.
“He clearly has outgrown a rival he fought at 126 and 130 pounds a number of years ago,” said the boxing analyst.
Rosenthal said the Mexican's best chance against Pacquiao is to enter the ring at 135 pounds, a weight that will allow him to move around the Filipino champion.
Still, Rosenthal cited that time is not on Marquez’s side.
“The future Hall of Famer will be 38 when the fight takes place; clearly, he’s not quite what he was.”