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Of the many things said and written after Manny Pacquiao’s tragic fall at the hands of old nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez, who has reportedly gone parading proudly around Mexico like a returning conquistador with the Pacman’s head in his upraised right hand, we find this one by respected boxing writer Manny Piñol most relevant and appropriate. Please share it:

People who are suggesting a fifth fight between Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao and Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez are either foolishly consumed with pride or they are simply afraid that with the Pacman out of the ring, their opportunity to make more money will vanish.

The knockout suffered by Pacquiao at the hands of Marquez was not just a result of a “lucky punch” as some pseudo boxing experts would like to call it. There are no “lucky punches” in boxing. Every punch thrown is aimed at hitting the opponent.

The only antidote to that is to avoid the incoming “lucky punch.” If he is able to evade the punch, it is the defending boxer who is “lucky.”

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If the boxer is hit, the punch is not “lucky.” It simply means he is slow in reacting to an attack.

Manny’s knockout loss was simply a result of too many fights, in too many nights, in too many rings.

The first knockdown suffered by Manny came from a punch that a younger Pacquiao could have easily withstood or avoided.

But Manny just stood in front of Marquez with his left hand slightly lowered, thus opening his left temple to the right which sent him to the canvas, both feet up.

Pacquiao is no stranger to the canvas. He was knocked out cold by Rustico Torrecampo when he was younger.

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In another fight a few years later, he should have lost by knockout to Australian fighter Nedal Hussein had he not been aided by referee Carlos Padilla Jr. following a fall in the fourth round of their fight in October 2000.

Padilla delivered the mandatory 8-count in utter slo-mo fashion, thereby allowing the crawling Pacquiao to recover.

Pacquiao came back from that fall to knock out Hussein in the 10th round.

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In another fight against a Kazakh challenger Serikzhan Yeshmaganbetov in 2003 at the Rizal Park, Pacquiao also kissed the mat in the fourth round.

Of course, he also got timely assistance from the referee, a  Makati City cop, who did everything to stall the onslaught, like untying the tidy glove of the Kazakh before tying it back.

Pacquiao finished off his frail, famished foe in the fifth.

There were other instances when Manny would be hurt but the fighting spirit and the youth in him helped him withstand those terrible tests.

When Manny was floored by Marquez with a plain right hook in the third round of their fourth meeting in Las Vegas on Dec. 8, I already had a discomforting feeling.

I had a premonition that something bad would happen as Manny went back to his gung-ho style in attacking his opponent, again leaving himself open to counterpunches.

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That was what exactly happened in the dying seconds of the sixth.

Instead of relenting in his attack since the 10-second bell had already rung, a show-boating Pacquiao came in with his guard down.

He was knocked out cold by a perfect right that hit the button.

Marquez is one of the best counterpunchers and the most resilient fighter I have seen in the business.

Remember the three knockdowns he suffered in the hands of Pacquiao in their first meeting in 2004?

Well, he came back from those knockdowns to bring the fight to an exciting end which was scored a split draw.

If it had been the other way around, there would’ve been no way Manny could stand up after those three devastating knockdowns.

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I had misgivings about the fourth fight actually.

Early on, I thought that it was a pointless fight. There was nothing in it for Manny to gain.

Besides, I really felt that Marquez is a very difficult opponent for Manny because of his counterpunching style.

Manny’s people, and even Bob Arum, if he really cared for Manny, should have realized that and refused a fourth fight.

* * *

A rematch with Timothy Bradley was the more logical fight for Manny.

If at all, the fourth encounter was a fight designed to give Marquez a chance to redeem himself, not for Manny to prove that he is the better fighter.

Marquez did just that.

A fifth fight would not only be foolish. It will be a virtual push to the yawning crevice of ignominy for Manny.

It could even be a virtual suicide.

Only people who do not care for Manny and who only crave for his money will suggest a fifth fight with Marquez.


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  • just another human

    switching hats from politics to actor to preacher  is definitely ok but boxing does require a pair of gloves not a cap 

  • melbourne333

    Here we go again. The sudden and shocking knockout suffered from Marquez hasnt settled yet in the minds of every boxing afficionado and today Manny Pacquiao just announced that he is scheduled to fight on April 2013.

    This is a very convincing and definitive declaration that Manny believes he still has the skills and heart to rewrite the unfinished ending to this story. He doesnt want Marquez to have the last laugh. Its entirely out of his character to just enjoy the money and run.

    Ahhh whatever. 

    For about 10 long years, all of us Pinoys rode on the crest and wave of his victories.We were
    delirious. He made us proud to be Pinoys. 

    Two weeks ago it just ended in an ignonimous defeat. Or so we think.
    That speaks volumes of the Filipino character. 

    • captainramius

      He cannot fight anymore in Vegas , not after serving his automatic 4 months suspension due to the knock out .  He cannot even train 90 days after the loss.  Thus he can fight in April , but not in Vegas.

  • Philcruz

    Buti pa si Arce. He had the brains and the humility to say “.. enough already. I retire.”

  • ric

    arum will not stop until he bleeds mANNY to death….RETIRE PACQUIAO

  • melbourne333

    The last time Manny was interviewed locally, he replied “Oo, puede pa”. Together with
    Mr Arum who declared the fifth fight will be the biggest not the Mayweather fight…that sums up
    the entire picture. Lets not forget that Pacman is still very marketable. Thats the business side.
    The astute promoter sees it differently. From another angle.

    We should appreciate the insights of Manny Pinol. He is mainly concerned about the
    health and diminishing skills of Pacman. The same is true with the venerable Mr Recah Trinidad.

    At the end of the day however, only Manny and Arum can decide whether to continue or call it quits. Marquez? he might be in heaven right now but his career is in limbo. Even if he decides to fight on… who is going to be his opponent or even a promoter who can give him a guaranteed purse of 1M dollars minimum? Nobody. The only fight for Marquez left on the horizon is the Pacquiao fight.

  • captainramius

    At last local sportswriters like Recah are not shy to say it what it is…especially on sports icon like Pacman.   I have been betting against Manny since the 3rd Marquez fight and my score is 2-1 , based on the simple reason that his luck will soon ran out , ( playing multiple roles in life and mastering nothing or not focused on anything including boxing ).  He thought he can push button anytime and change roles from congressman to TV host to boxing and preacher etc.

    His time has ended but he dont want to accept this , he cannot quit boxing now and swallow his pride but he cannot also quit politics to concentrate on boxing… so he put himself in a situation he cannot change without consequences.

    Without focus the only thing he can hope is to finish the next bout with Marquez on his feet , winning on points will be a blessing and perhaps redeem himself, but knocking out Marquez as what he promised on III and IV is already out of the window.

    He is writing his last chapter in boxing.  He is done, in my opinion , he just wont accept this .

  • cleep

    Good article..but I have to disagree on few points. We have to admire the courage of Pacquiao in choosing Marquez over Bradley and other fighters. It is never a pointless fight when a fighter rises up to the challenge of defeating his most difficult and dangerous opponent and rival. It would have been more pointless if Pacquiao chose the boxer(Bradley) he already defeated and dominated in the eyes of many, boxing experts included. In the past, Pacquiao had faced really difficult opponents, big strong men, boxers who made name in boxing. At times, many experts, like this writer, saw and dismissed some match-ups for Pacquiao as illogical. But Pacquiao proved those difficult and dangerous fights are not insurmountable. Boxers recognized as greatest in the history of the sports are those who faced the best the sports can offer; yes, they experienced defeat at some point, but ultimately gained the respect of the boxing fans by rising up again and becoming stronger. People who succeed are those who have the courage to defy the norm, the illogical, or what others see as pointless. And again, the fight that people dismissed as pointless became one of the best fights ever in history.



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