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Pacquiao goes for KO: What else is new?

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No question about it, Manny Pacquiao needs to do something different, something new—if possible—please.

This, of course, may not be the case with crafty Juan Manuel Marquez, who has vowed to give Pacquiao a full taste of defeat by going for a knockout in their fourth—and hopefully final—encounter in Las Vegas next month.

The arch rivals could go fight tomorrow and Marquez, at home with his tested style and physique, could walk into the ring confidently without changing a hair.

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Yes, they’re going for something different, Alex Ariza vowed last week.

Pacquiao’s famous conditioning coach, however, refused to elaborate.

Everybody was left to speculate.

But when Pacquiao next showed up at the Wild Card Gym and took off his training jersey, what got bared was a trim and leaner physique.

“He looked lean as in old times, practically with no bulk,” reported a stunned closed-in broadcaster from the Pacquiao training camp yesterday.

He next speculated that Pacquiao could opt for more shiftiness, superb footwork, in his next encounter with Marquez.

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That, indeed, could be the new thing they plan to introduce: a nimble, light-footed Pacquiao relentlessly going for the kill.

But, come to think of it, hasn’t Freddie Roach ordered for a compelling knockout?

Sorry, but based on appearances, Marquez, a 4-1 underdog at presstime, appeared like the more proper candidate to essay a stoppage come Dec. 8 at the MGM Grand.

This, based on a report by the sharp-nosed fight chronicler Nick Giongco who said Marquez has put on “tons of muscles.”

“It’s no secret Marquez has been in and out of the gym even prior to the formal announcement of this fourth fight with Pacquiao and he reported for training camp ahead of his fierce Filipino rival,” wrote Giongco.

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Was Roach trying to play a mind game? Or were they actually groping trying to even up?

In truth, Roach did not even have to emphasize a knockout win.

OK, it could be meant to drum up the event for greater pay-per-view take, although the bout has promised to be a sellout.

The KO threat was unnecessary because, in the first place, this has always been the theme of Pacquiao’s career, the Pacific Storm that rages with no letup.

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Anyway, in order to enhance a clear Pacquiao win, maybe all they’ve got to do is assure there would be no repeat of that ugly fight eve scuffle between the Pacman and his ever-jealous wife.

But, on a more serious vein, they could consider this suggestion for a review of Pacquiao’s third bout against Marquez last November.

If they look close enough, they could not miss that point when trainer Nacho Beristain tinkered and made adjustments in Marquez’s armory immediately after the third bell.

Pacquiao had gone on a ball, landing sharp combos in the early going. He, however, started missing after Marquez pushed his head closer to his (Pacman) left side, a ploy that next resulted in Pacquiao blindly digging hard, crouching uselessly to reach his target, who proceeded to counter expertly.

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“Just asking you, as a boxing analyst, can Pacman solve the counterpunching style of Marquez, or is El Dinamita truly Pacquiao’s boxing Waterloo,” wondered a college friend who has closely followed the rivalry.

Reply: “He cannot solve it because Pacman provides his own Waterloo. He openly gives himself as counterpunch target each time he crouches and digs in blindly for a knockout.”

Now is the time to try something sharply, safely different.


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  • http://www.facebook.com/dannmariz Danilo Navarro

    im to late to read this article…hinde ko na sana babasahin pero ng mabasa ko manny get TKO i decide to read all the msg here nabasa ko dami ng di gusto si pacman di naman sila masisisi kay pakman din nag mula kung bakit halos lahat na lang gusto pasukin pag kanta artista emcee sa tv politics..bible isipin na lang naka usap niya ang diyos””” dios ko po naman million ginastos nag bigay ng relo sa kapuwa kongresman ang halaga almost 30k8million plus yun kung ang ginawa ba naman sa mga taga saranggani ibinuhos yun di mas maganda..tapos ngayon patutulugin si markis..hayyyyy

  • http://www.facebook.com/dannmariz Danilo Navarro

    how many times that they say it knock out in 5 6 7 round but nothing happened tired of saying that… just do it…. .that 8 million plus that watches (almost 30,000 each) you gives to congressman. which they dont need it and they can affored..  give it onyour constituens which badly need it may be i will salute you..

  • gyvv

    …the something different would be, pacquaio would lie in wait and be the counter puncher. after all, shouldnt the challenger unseat the champion and not the other way around…

  • valsore

    Yes, keep the wife tied in Saranggani.

  • pedronimo

    Forgive this different tune:

    I WISH PACQUIAO WOULD LOSE IF ONLY FOR OUR COUNTRY TO WIN.

    His poor constituents in Sarangani will win his attention and service. And for another no more Showbiz for Mommy Dionesia and politics for Jinky. That’s good, good news for sanity.



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