Manny Pacquiao vs Juan Manuel Marquez
By J.J. Guerrero
I’ve taken to calling the line of Manny Malhotra, Raffi Torres and Jannik Hansen the “Roberto Duran Line”.
For those too young to remember, Roberto Duran is widely regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all-time and an inductee in the International Boxing Hall of Fame. He was the Manny Pacquiao of an earlier generation of boxing fans. His nickname was “Hands of Stone” and he has a biography with the same name.
Which brings us back to Manny, Raffi and the Great Dane.
After last night’s game, Malhotra is now pointless in 2011, a stretch of 19 games. Torres is goalless in the same stretch, though he does have 4 assists. Hansen has been the most productive of the three with 5 points (2G – 3A) in 19 games.
For what it’s worth, they were probably more noticeable last night than they have been for most of the last 6 weeks. They managed to create their fair share of scoring chances, including a couple of odd-man rushes, but unfortunately were unable to finish them.
Again, hands of stone. read more
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Before he stepped into the ring against Antonio Margarito in July 2008, Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto was undefeated and considered one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world.
The then-WBA welterweight champion — who will fight current pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao on Nov. 14 in Las Vegas — was a powerful and punishing body-puncher, and his handlers were eying a future mega-fight against undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr., if they could coax him out of retirement.
But Cotto fans were stunned as Margarito administered an 11-round beating before Cotto’s corner threw in the towel after Cotto, bloodied and battered, twice took a knee in an attempt to slow the Mexican’s onslaught.
The majority of fans and media give Pacquiao a better chance to beat Mayweather because your fellow Pinoy has proven himself in the higher weight classes. Marquez has not.
While it’s true that Pacquiao and Marquez were evenly matched in their two fights (I scored both 12-round classics a draw), you have to keep in mind that those fights took place at featherweight and junior lightweight. Since their rematch at 130 pounds, Pacquiao weighed 135, 142 and 138 pounds for his last three fights .
And your boy looked just as sharp (or sharper) fighting at welterweight (vs. De La Hoya) and junior welterweight (vs. Hatton) as he did at the lighter weights. Nobody has ever seen Marquez fight above the lightweight limit, so his effectiveness above 140 pounds is unknown. Most fans and members of the media are skeptical that he will look better at the heavier weight because he struggled in both of his 135-pound bouts. His speed and reflexes appeared slower vs. Joel Casamayor, and he suffered a few rocky moments in his battle with Juan Diaz.
So it’s difficult, even for Marquez fans, to envision a victory over a boxer as smart, fast, and experienced as Mayweather, who has fought at 146 pound or more since late 2005.
By Howard Chua-Eoan / Las Vegas When the sixth round ended, Manny Pacquiao did a half-pirouette toward his corner, raised his eyebrows like a happy emoticon and beamed a smile…