‘Marquez can’t survive combos’

Peñalosa sure Pacquiao’s foe will wilt


MANNY Pacquiao throws a left at trainer Freddie Roach in Monday’s final mitts session at Wild Card Gym in Hollywood. ROY LUARCA

HOLLYWOOD—Take it from former world champion Gerry Peñalosa. There’s one sure-fire way to beat a savvy counter-puncher like Juan Manuel Marquez: Overwhelm him with sheer volume of punches.

“If you throw a 1-2 combination, he can see it and defend. But when you unload a three- to four-punch combo he can no longer react in time,” Peñalosa told sportswriters in Filipino at Vagabond Inn here, just a stone’s throw away from Freddie Roach’s famed Wild Card Gym.

Peñalosa should know. Roach describes the former two-division world champion as the best Filipino technical boxer ever. Peñalosa also excels in defense and counter-punching.

Having seen Pacquiao in training here, the 40-year-old Peñalosa said his friend seems to be more focused than in his last two fights— against Marquez and unbeaten American Timothy Bradley.

“Unlike before, when Manny had difficulty waking up to do his early-morning run, he now rises on time. Maybe he sees Marquez’s face and that motivates him,” said Peñalosa.

The former WBC super flyweight and WBO bantamweight champion who retired in 2010 with a 55-win (37 KOs), 8-loss, 2-draw record is now a fight promoter.

He doubts whether Marquez could transform himself from a defender into an attacker on Dec. 8 for his fourth clash with Pacquiao.

“You can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” said Peñalosa.

According to Peñalosa, Pacquiao should avoid a replay of Pacquiao-Marquez 3 because the “judges could be swayed into rewarding the Mexican with the victory.”

On fight night, Peñalosa will also be watching his protégé, Michael Fareñas, and unbeaten nephew, Dodie Boy Jr., namesake of the former IBF light fly and flyweight champion, clash with separate opponents in the undercard of Pacquiao-Marquez 4.

Fareñas will be in for a tough fight against Athens Olympics gold medalist and former WBC and IBF featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa.

Dodie Boy Jr., who boasts an impressive record of nine wins, all by KOs, has a lighter assignment in Jesus Lule (6-4, with 1 KO).

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  • Serom

    What happen between those combos?  You’ve seen it all!

    • Mamerto

      Pacquiao hit Marquez, several times, straight on the mark, but could not put him down?
      It appears that Marquez was given some divine powers of some sort.
      I suspect those powers were the “opposite of what is divine”…!
      Drug testing should have been done…
      a) shortly before the fight (shortly, meaning, a few hours)…, or
      b) shortly after that fight (again meaning “shortly”, a few hours)

  • Albin

    Kung hindi ma knock-out si mraquex, ipakulam!

    • Serom

      Maghanap ka na ng mangkukulam Albin!

  • Jess

    Tulad ng sinabi ni Peñalosa “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” dapat wag maging attacker dito si Pacman. Hayaan niya na si Marquez ang pumasok. So what kung ano ang sabihin ng referee, at least kung magtabla, siya pa rin ang pound for pound king.

    • Serom

      Sleep king na sya Jess

  • Benjamin

    I dont have anything against fellow Pinoys but more often, Pinoy bloggers have the habit of hitting fellow Pinoy most often than his opponent. Mexicans are solid for their boy Marquez and you wont hear negative criticisms against him unlike here in the Philippines. Saan ba kayo talaga mga kapwa Pinoy? Bakit natutuwa kayo pag natatalo si Pacman at panay ang paninira niyo sa kanya? Here in the States, Pacman is considered a celebrity at maging mga movie stars at sports celebrities ay nakikipagsiksikan makausap lang at makapagpicture kay Pacquiao. Hindi ko naman sinasabi na purihin ng purihin si Pacquiao bat bilang kapwa Pinoy, mas dapat nating iaadvance ang cause niya at tangkilikin imbes na purihin ang kalaban niya na parang tapos na ang career ni Pacquiao. Sabagay, it is more fun in the Philippines with so many people whose only credibility is to criticize others.

    • Lemuel Vargas

      Yes, that is our so called crab mentality. To those uninitiated, crabs has the tendency of pulling those that are above them downwards and thus you get the picture.

    • INQ_reader

      Do you think that the last win of Bradley was legitimate?

    • Samuel Dasalla

      Korek ka dyan,ako man nagugulat sa lahing pinoy…..

  • usaf9

    If the fight goes even Manny for sure will win. He is the champion. Another reason is that another megafight  is waiting for him in Mayweather. Even how much we analyse Manny is the greater fighter than Juan. 8 divisions to his name. Juan has only 3. In fact Manny is one of the best fighter in the world, if not the greatest of all times. Another irreversible truth is the age factor. Marquez is senior by 5 years, and that greatly affects the outcome. For Marquez? Anyone? haha 

  • Chris P Pnono

    para kayong mga ngek ngek simo man ang manalo kahit kusing hindi kayo maambunan hehehehe .sport lng sino man manalo siyang mag wagi heheh


    Pac can’t unload three to four punch combos against Marquez because Marquez is not a stationary target like Oscar dela Hoya, Margarito, Clottey and other come-forward opponents of Pacquiao. He would just sidestep or backpedal when Pacquiao is on the offensive. This is how it unraveled in their first three fights. And don’t expect Pac to perform differently this fourth time. 

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