‘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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  • mamer2

    If Manny could neutralize &/or counter the “apak-apak” strategy of JMMarquez…,
    this fight could be “a walk in the park” for the PacMan.

    In their last fight, the third, it was quite clear that
    JMM was doing the foot-stepping on purpose.
    It were, usually, a prelude to a Marquez offense/attack in that fight.
    It was during these times, that Manny got hit the worse.

    • Bok

      Natural lang yan sa laban ng Southpaw and Orthodox. Review mo muna Boxing 101 mo.

      • mamer2

        Ikaw ang mas kailangan mag review nang pre-Boxing 101.
        If natural lang, as you say…., then why is it only Pacquiao that gets stepped on.?
        Review the video…, and see how “intentional” the stepping by Marquez is being made.

        Kaya…, balik ka nalang sa H.S….., you and your sarcastic comments.

      • akongednamzug

        Pasensya ka na ! ! ! Ang kumpleto nga pala niyang pangalan ay BOK YANGUTAKKO.

  • Nilo C. Dinauanao

    I totally with Gerry Penalosa technical wisdom with an addition: The great Manny Pacquiao should show his Manny’s knock out video against opponents to intimidate Marquez during the Introduction by psychology Marquez don’t have the power to knock out our Manny, he just there to fight Manny only to gain and survive for 12 rounds contrary to what he said last November 23, 2012. Manny have all the strength to silence Marquez. Hopefully, Manny’s corners will accommodate my humble opinion.   

  • George Lapulapu

    Manny can not simply do the same thing like the last three fights and expect a better result.. unless Juan Manuel has deteriorated.

  • ThePattern

    panalangin ko lang magtrabaho na sa kongreso itong taong ito.  kongresista ka na uy! hindi ka na dapat boksingero!

    • Nilo C. Dinauanao

      Excuse Me!!! you are so ignorant!!!!! Manny is a hardworking legislator, he even risk his life in order that Filipinos, like you, be respected worldwide. Only two boxer in the world ever steps in the White House – for sure you don’t know that make easy for Manny to make a Law from House Bill other boxers to enjoy the benefits of insurance. See!!!!! of course you can’t see because you are blinded by your egoism Pare!!!!!!!!! 

      • ThePattern

        pare mo muka mo. two BOXERS hindi two BOXER. stepped in hindi steps in.  balik ka sa grade 1 bago ka makipagtalo. see?! of course i can see how imbecile of a mind you have.

      • akongednamzug

        Ikaw naman, eh ang sama mo rin mag-English.

  • Albert Einstien

    ilalabas na naman ni marquez yung secret weapons nya…TATAPAKAN nya paulit-ulit  PAA ni pacman para malito , gagamitin nya ang mga SIKO nya dagdag sa paa at kamay….at pinaka secret weapon nya…yun ULO na PAPUPUTUKIN nya kilay ni pacman….fearless forecast…..scorecard decision ang mangyayari..hindi matatapos ang 12 rounds…

  • captainramius

    Ito pa isang Penalosa… tama naman sinasabi mo gaya lang dapat ang katawan ni Pacman is 25 years old not 34 years old na bugbug na for so many years.

    Parang sinabi mo noon gaya ni Ali… he still can float like a butterfly pero pang isa dalawang rounds na lang ng tumanda sya.

    Si Pacman last 3 fights nya … nag pacing na halata naman na hindi na nya kaya yong non stop punching style noong bata pa sya.

    Wala na eh… He really wanted to knock out Bradley di ba ? and even Marquez in their last fight pero…. body is not responding anymore… ganyan talaga pag old age na at sa style nya pa na all out palagi.   Slugger naman talaga si Pacman… and sluggers usually have a shorter careers.

  • LuwigVonMises

     put the older version of paquiao and he will have a better chance of winning than the present.

  • kevin

    Nothing interest me ,than seeing Manny goes down the canvas……..

    • Nick_Fury

       Nothing interest me more than seeing JMM knocked unconscious in the canvass. Then he will wake up the next day and will tell the media that he was cheated again.

    • ThePattern

      Manny will go down the canvas for sure.

      • mamer2

        If you are “for sure”…, then place your bet on Marquez.
        I would like to see your face after this fight

  • Serom

    Good assessment but I see a Marquez win.  Reason?  Marquez is hungrier for a win more than ever.

    • mamer2

      Marquez will turn out to be too slow and too old for this fight.

      • Serom

        I told you so, Padrino!  Marquez was never slow.  He is even faster than Manny!  There will be a 5th and 6th fight between the two for sure.  There might even be 7, who knows?

      • mamer2

        I stand corrected.
        NOW…: Has JMM ever been tested for illegal drugs/steroids…, immediately prior, immediately after this fight…? Demanding this because Marquez couldn’t have gained those muscles…, nor could have been this fast…., nor could have been this strong…., IN SO SHORT a TIME.., without some sort of “help” from illegal substances.

      • Serom

        I believe it is standard procedure in Vegas with these big fights that fighters are subjected to testing shortly before and after the fight. I think they are both clean.  Even with previous fights with other fighters, JMM was always clean. 

        I think what is lacking with Manny is the preparation because he is always thinking “kayang-kaya natin yan.”  He is so overconfident that he trained only for 2 months with Boboy as compared to Marquez’ 4 and a half months.  It is the training and preparation that really matters in these fights.

  • brunogiordano

    “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

    Sangayon ako sa sinabi ni Penalosa, pero bakit hindi nagawa ni manny ‘yon sa nakaraan laban nila ni Marquez .

    • captainramius

      Ang sinasabi ng Penalosa na ito was meant noong 2002 or when Manny was 24 years old 

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