|Manny Pacquiao (L) of the Philippines fights against Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico during their WBO welterweight fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada November 13, 2011 (Manila time). REUTERS/Steve Marcus
Analysts say Marquez won the fight
MANILA, Philippines – The result of the latest Manny Pacquiao versus Juan Manuel Marquez fight calls for another rematch, local boxing analysts said.
Ronnie Nathanielsz and Ed Tolentino believe Pacquiao didn’t look the clear-cut winner in his latest battle against Marquez.
“In our books, he lost the fight,” said Nathanielsz in an interview on dzMM.
Pacquiao managed to pull off a majority decision against Marquez on Saturday (Sunday in Manila), despite the Mexican’s counter-punching prowess.
The fight took place at the jampacked MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“I thought Marquez was at times faster than Pacquiao and he had good punches,” said Nathanielsz. “Maganda 'yung galaw ni Marquez at saka ‘yong his strategy was really perfect.”
For his part, Tolentino believes Marquez prepared well for the fight.
“I think Marquez, ginawa niya 'yong kanyang homework. Ginawa niya 'yong kanyang assignment. Ang hindi natin maintindihan kung anong nangyari sa scorecards... pero that is the result eh,” he said.
Tolentino said the third fight prolonged further the rivalry, instead of ending it.
“Kinakailangan dito, masakit mang sabihin, kailangang magkadaupang kamao ulit ang dalawang ito. Apparently ang rivalry na ito has 9 lives eh... mukhang hindi pa talaga tapos,” he said.
Nathanielsz said Pacquiao didn’t seem his usual self in the fight.
He said Pacquiao looked tight and tense while trading punches against Marquez.
“Pacquiao was tight… gigil na gigil. It was not the Manny Pacquiao we know,” said Nathanielsz.
“Alam mo nung pinapanood ko 'yong laban, akala ko si Manny Paksiw at hindi si Manny Pacquiao ‘yong pinapanood ko eh. That is how different Pacquiao looked,” he said.
Rematch in May
Boxing promoter Bob Arum already said during the post-fight interview that he will be working to stage another rematch between Pacquiao and Marquez.
“I'm gonna talk to Juan Manuel and maybe we'll do it again in May,” said Arum.
He believes the fight generated enough interest, setting up another multi-million pay-per-view potential.
“It's great boxing,” said Arum. “If we do it again it will break all monetary records for any pay-per-view.”
But Tolentino said it will be complicated.
“May kumplikasyon ito eh. Under the original agreement, pag nanalo si Marquez, doon pa lang magkakaroon ng ika-apat na laban at siya'y babayaran ng doble, from $5 million to $10 million. Eh paanong sitwasyon ngayon?” he asked.
Prior to the fight on Saturday, the two boxers clashed in two controversial fights.
Marquez salvaged a draw in 2004, despite suffering 3 first-round knockdowns.
Pacquiao edged him 4 years later with a split decision.