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Pacquiao-Marquez 3: Judge it with your head, not with your heart (from GMAnews.tv)

I’m not out to change your opinion. If you scored each round and saw that Juan Manuel Marquez was the winner, I respect that. However, if you just “felt” that Marquez won, if you forgot to score the fight round per round, we need to talk.

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The Juan Manuel Marquez Experience

“Carlo, I need you to be the point person of the entourage of Juan Manuel Marquez.”

I received this message while inside our office elevators. At first I didn’t know what to think. I was excited to be up close and personal with the champ. I was eager to ask a billion questions. I was a bit afraid that the communication gap may be too great to overcome.

My duties started on August 31 at about 3 am. Marquez arrived in the Philippines through a PAL flight and they disembarked through NAIA Terminal 2. That day started a whirlwind press tour that I have not completely recovered from yet. We went to the Manila City Hall (where I acted as an all important taga-hawi), then to Mexican embassy, bought four pairs of shoes from Greenbelt, shopped at SM Mall of Asia, heard mass at the Manila Cathedral, then partied at Palladium.

Meeting Marquez was pretty fun.

Meeting Nacho Beristain was equally amazing. Señor Nacho does not speak English very well so I had to rely on context clues to decipher much of what he said but I was also able to ask the other members of the entourage to translate for me in some occasions.

I was lucky enough to get stuff signed by Marquez including a couple of gloves already signed by Manny Pacquiao. I was even able have him sign my credentials for the World Press Tour.

As I’ve said, I still can’t fully comprehend everything that happened on those five days but you can visit SolarSports.ph for my attempt to put everything together. Click on http://solarsports.ph/posts/marquez for the article.

Juan Manuel Marquez and the danger of a tune-up match

(This post also appears on gmanews.tv)

Some fighters feel that they need to get in a good workout before engaging in a big match with a marquee opponent. What they do is get an overmatched opponent to have a tune-up fight with. This is exactly what Juan Manuel Marquez (52-5-1, 38 KOs) will do this weekend.

To prepare for his third fight against Manny Pacquiao, Marquez will head on to Cancun, Mexico to fight Likar Ramos (24-3-0, 18 KOs). Marquez is not stupid. He won’t choose an opponent who has a legitimate chance of derailing the completion of the Pacquiao-Marquez trilogy. Although the record of Ramos makes him look passable for an opponent for Marquez, a quick look at his résumé and you will see that he has not defeated anyone of worth. The only decent names in there are one-time Pacquiao victim Jorge Solis and journeyman Walter Estrada, and guess what, Ramos lost to both fighters.

However, even if Ramos seems like a low-risk opponent for Marquez, we all know that a lot of things can go wrong with these tune-up fights.

Erik Morales and Pacquiao both took tune-up fights before their rematch and the two fought in the same boxing card. Pacquiao knocked out Hector Velazquez but Morales failed to hold his end of the bargain, losing to Zahir Raheem by unanimous decision.

Losses to tune-up opponents are not the only things that make these kinds of fights dangerous. Marco Antonio Barrera took a tune-up fight in Mexico against Freudis Rojas who had an atrocious record of a single win, seven losses, and a draw. It was supposed to be in preparation for a fight against Amir Khan. Barrera did win the fight but he suffered cuts due to headbutts. These cuts came back to haunt Barrera in his fight against Khan.

Marquez needs to win, and win big against Ramos so as not to jeopardize the fight against Pacquiao.

If Marquez loses, then the fight against Pacquiao will automatically be off. For Pacquiao, there will be no sense in defeating a fighter who just lost to someone like Ramos

If Marquez wins a close decision, Pacquiao-Marquez 3 will be a hard sell to fans. And if that happens, Bob Arum can pull the plug on this fight altogether.

Even if Marquez wins convincingly, there are a lot of factors that could go wrong for him. Ramos is not a clean fighter by any stretch. He was given a one-point deduction in his last defeat for punching at the back of the head and he also has a disqualification loss to Edinson Garcia because Ramos bit him the shoulder. A cut here or a slight hand injury there and the fight against Pacquiao may be off for Marquez.

The Mexican veteran must have a perfect fight this weekend. If he fights too cautiously, he might turn off fans. If he fights too wildly, he might get hurt. Marquez needs to find the perfect balance between being careful but still give an exciting fight.

Morales-Marquez: Why isn’t everyone complaining about this one?

First of all, I don’t the choice of Bob Arum for Manny Pacquiao’s next opponent. As I’ve said in many post before this one, Andre Berto would have been the best choice. I, however, choose not to bust a nut in by complaining about the selection of Mosley.

A lot of boxing writers have said that they hate the selection of Mosley and that Pacquiao should be ashamed of it. But then these same writers were happy with the news that Juan Manuel Marquez might be taking on the legendary Erik Morales in April. I think this fight, although pretty to look at on paper, is by far a worse mismatch than Pacquiao-Mosley.

After losing three straight fights, two to Pacquiao and one to David Diaz, Morales took a hiatus from boxing but he has since returned and he vows to capture a fourth title in fourth division, a feat that no Mexican has ever done. Morales has defeated Jose Alfaro, Willie Limond, and Francisco Lorenzo; all good fighters with good records but the three are clearly not the kind of fighters Morales should be taking if he’s serious about challenging for a world title again.

Marquez on the other hand has beaten very good fighters after his defeat to Floyd Mayweather. He may be older than Morales but El Terrible definitely carries more wear and tear from his brutal style of fighting. Marquez was a careful counter-puncher for most of his career but he had to switch to a more aggressive style to sell more tickets while Morales has been fighting with his heart on his sleeve since the very start.

Marquez-Morales would have been a tremendous fight at featherweight or even at super featherweight. It’s a pity that it never happened then but I’d rather not see it at all than see it now. I have nothing but respect for Morales but he will get his ass handed to him if he fights Marquez.

Freddie Roach’s Reality Show and Berto-Marquez

Freddie Roach is getting his own reality show. Yup. The head honcho of the world-famous Wild Card Gym of Los Angeles will be receiving a five-figure paycheck for every episode and as of now there are 13 episodes planned for the first season of, hopefully, many.

It will be shot on a cinema verité or direct cinema format which means there will be little or no script or voice overs. Cameras will be following him around, shooting every aspect of his life from his family to his gym to his battle against Parkinson’s disease.

I’m very happy for Roach because he deserves all the accolades he’s been getting. He is one of the best minds/tacticians that boxing has ever seen and it would be totally awesome that we’ll get to see how a legend lives everyday. I’m specially excited about this because AMC is producing it. As you may know, they are also the people behind Mad Men and The Walking Dead. Safe to say, Roach’s bio will be in good hands.

Moving on.

Bob Arum, fresh from pissing of a bazillion people by choosing Shane Mosley to fight Manny Pacquiao, has suggested that Juan Manuel Marquez and Andre Berto fight each other and the winner will get a shot at Pacquiao next. It’s a smart idea from Arum but I don’t think Marquez should be lured into it.

In my opinion, Marquez must not fight in the welterweight division unless it’s a big money fight against Pacquiao. First and foremost, the Mexican is a lightweight which means he fights at 135 pounds. Berto on the other hand has never fought a day below the welterweight division. We all know what happened in Dinamita’s last excursion to 147. He was humiliated by Floyd Mayweather. He was too slow and too sluggish because of all the extra weight he had to put on.

Marquez-Berto could be a pay-per-view but I don’t see it getting many buys. Both fighters will be lucky to make around 2 million against each other and for Marquez, the risks far outweigh the rewards.

However, I think there is one thing that could entice both fighters into doing this. I humbly suggest that Bob Arum signs an agreement wherein the winner of the Marquez-Berto fight will indeed get Pacquiao next. Arum mentioned that the winner could face/deserves to face Pacquiao but putting in into writing and signing on the dotted line will make this irresistible for both Marquez and Berto. That’s of course unless a Pacquiao-Mayweather gets signed. To prevent complications in the negotiations, they will have a pre-approved contract which will be 500,000 higher than their earlier proposed contracts, which means Berto will be getting 4 million and Marquez will be getting 5.5 million against Pacquiao if they fight each other first.

Let’s hope Arum is willing to walk the talk. It would totally suck if Berto and Marquez fought each other then get by-passed by Arum by choosing Yuri Foreman or Miguel Cotto as Pacquiao’s next opponent after Mosley.

Shane Mosley, Juan Manuel Marquez, and Andre Berto: Breaking It Down

It was down to three fighters: Juan Manuel Marquez, Andre Berto, and Shane Mosley. A few days back Bob Arum announced that Mosley will get the chance to fight Pacquiao and 90% of the boxing world expressed their disappointment through various ways.

Let’s break down the three fighters and decipher why Mosley was selected. To make things easier to understand, I’ll list down a bunch of factors then I’ll rate how the three candidates would rank.

Money
At the end of the day, boxing is a business. People turn to boxing to earn money. Nobody in their proper minds would want to undergo weeks of rigid training and take and dish out punishment for 36 minutes for shits and giggles. All fighters want to be paid and paid well. He maybe hella old for a fighter but Mosley has sold more pay-per-views than Marquez, and Berto has never headlined a pay-per-view. Mosley also has a wider fanbase and because he is an American, he can promote the fight better than Marquez who speaks mostly in Spanish (English clearly isn’t one of Dinamita’s strengths).
Marquez and Mosley both asked for 5 million while Berto asked for 3.5 million. All of them also asked for a share in the pay-per-view buys. If Marquez asked for a lower amount than Mosley, I think he could have landed the fight but Arum knew that Mosley will sell more pay-per-views than Marquez. It’s true that many boxing purists think Pacquiao-Marquez is the better match but the problem is that this doesn’t mean it will sell as much as Pacquiao-Mosley. Arum is banking on pay-per-view buys from casual boxing fans, the kind of fans who haven’t seen Mosley-Mora to buy the pay-per-view because he thinks that hardcore boxing fans will buy any card with Pacquiao in it. The fact of the matter is that Mosley is a household name in the US, Marquez is not.

Money Ranking:
1. Mosley
2. Marquez
3. Berto

Pre-Fight Buzz
I’m sure the last thing Arum wants to see is another Pacquio-Joshua Clottey fight. Arum knows that Pacquiao needs a good dance partner to make money. Marquez has proven in the past that he can give the featherweight and super featherweight versions of Pacquiao all he can handle. It’s is not against common sense to think that Marquez poses the biggest threat to Pacquiao. However, Pac-Man underwent a ton of changes after their two fights. He’s now a more dangerous fighter who can hurt his opponents with either hand. The Pacquiao that Marquez fought relied heavily on his left straight. He only used his right to jab as a prelude to the straight left. Berto is an unknown. He is undefeated and he knocked out his last opponent in the first round. However, he’ll be taking a considerable step up in competition is he faces Pacquiao. A Pacquiao-Marquez trilogy will be highly acceptable to the public on the merits of their first two fights.

Berto has been feasting on Class C fighters while Pacquiao is a Class A. But there’s an added storyline wherein the hungry young lion aims to dethrone the king of the pride. The young undefeated champion versus the battle-tested veteran is one of the most effective promotional strategies in boxing. Mosley will bring an exciting fight because he has a sturdy chin and he has handspeed and power. However, this is not the perception of most boxing enthusiasts because of the results of his past two fights.

Pre-Fight Buzz Ranking:
1. Marquez
2. Berto
3. Mosley

Danger
Another factor that will convince the audience to buy the fight is if they feel the opponent can beat Pacquiao. Although a Marquez fight could be fun, at this stage of their careers, he will not beat Pacquiao, specially in the welterweight division. Berto can give Pacquiao a pretty good fight but as I’ve said above, he isn’t a proven entity. I think he could use a bit of seasoning. If Berto faces and beats a Top 5 welterweight, he’ll definitely be the best choice for Pacquiao after Mosley. Even if he is old and his speech is kind of slurred, Mosley is still a dangerous fighter. His chin is made of granite and although his speed has diminished, the power is still there. Do I think Mosley will beat Pacquiao? No. Can he pose problems for Pacquiao? Definitely.

Danger Ranking:
1. Mosley
2. Berto
3. Marquez

Legend
Even if I think Mosley is the most dangerous, a win over him won’t add much to Pacquiao’s legend. Mosley will always be known as a fighter who was coming off a loss and a draw before fighting Pacquiao. Berto, on the other hand, will give Pacquiao’s résumé something new. After he was named the best fighter in the planet, Pacquiao has not fought an undefeated fighter. Untested or not, Berto is still an undefeated world champion and that should account for something. A convincing win over Marquez will be the most remembered even if it won’t be the hardest to achieve. Their two fights were classics and if Pacquiao proves once and for all that me is better than Marquez, then his legend will grow even further.

Legend Ranking:
1. Marquez
2. Berto
3. Mosley

Why I would have picked Berto

Joshua Clottey wasn’t a well-known fighter either but the pay-per-view numbers in the Pacquiao-Clottey match were okay. In m estimation, a Pacquiao-Berto fight will get, at the very least, as much buys as Pacquiao-Clottey. It will surely get more if HBO gives them a 24/7 series and even if it doesn’t get as much as what Mosley and Marquez will get, the fact that his purse was 1.5 million less that the two should have persuaded Arum to pick Berto.

I think Berto will be good enough to give Pacquiao a good challenge although he will ultimately lose to the Philippine dynamo. However, a good performace by Berto will be good for boxing because even if he loses, he will gain respect if the young gun shows toughness against Pacquiao. Boxing will definitely not benefit from a Pacquiao-Mosley match because the latter is old. Marquez-Pacquiao would have been fun but I seriously do not understand those complaining about picking Mosley and suggesting that Marquez was the better choice. If you put Marquez and Mosley against each other at welterweight, I’ll have my money on Mosley. So whining about Mosley then saying that Pacquiao should face Marquez is ludicrous, in my opinion.

Mosley was selected because of his drawing power. He is still the most well known among the three and he also is the biggest draw. Arum want to think that the loss to Floyr Mayweather and the draw with Sergio Mora were just bumps along the way for Mosley. Another factor was than Mosley is a free agent. He would not have been picked if he was under Golden Boy Promotions.

All of this stuff could have been averted if only one Floyd Mayweather put his money (pun intended) where his mouth is.

PS: I don’t get why other writers are saying that this fight is for money and not for country. Can’t it be both for money and country? Pacquiao has always fought for the money. Boxing is prize fighting for chrissake. You fight for a prize.

Pacquiao has been representing us very well for a while now. He has been a bright spot in an otherwise dim country. He’s been giving back to the people, specially in the provinces. Who are we to whine just because we don’t like the fighter he’ll take on next? We’ve all become spoiled little brats. We’ve gotten so used to him taking on the most difficult fights that we lose our minds when we found out he’d fight a 39 year old guy. If anything, I think Pacquiao deserves a fight off. His opponents kept on getting better and stronger and he deserves to fight a medium-risk, high-reward boxer in Mosley.

No Marquez-Khan? No Problem!

A few weeks after Juan Manuel Marquez lost to Floyd Mayweather, rumors swirled that Golden Boy Promotions were lining him to to battle Amir Khan. However, Nacho Beristain, the head trainer of Marquez, quickly shot down the idea saying that Marquez needed a fight to bounce back from the defeat first before taking on a dangerous fighter in Khan.

After that, Khan defeated Paulie Malignaggi and Marquez defeated Juan Diaz, which again sparked the public’s interest in seeing Khan and Marquez meet inside the ring. But it seems that this fight wasn’t meant to be. Khan’s people have released information saying that Marquez priced himself out of a match.

But the boxing world should not fret. When a really good match dies, two good ones are born (I could say this will hold true for any other fight except the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight).

Khan is now scheduled to fight Marcos Rene Maidana, one of my favorite fighter, in what would be a very good match. Khan is an all-around fighter. He has speed, power, agility, stamina, and ring smarts. However, the biggest flaw in his game is his ability to take a punch. He lost via first round knockout to Bredis Presscot back in 2008. Since then he fought against opponents who aren’t known for having knockout power. But with Maidana, he’ll be facing arguably the most powerful puncher in the division. If there is a fighter who can test Khan’s jaw, it is Maidana.

Marquez on the other hand will face on Australia’s blood and guts warrior, Michael Katsidis. Although Marquez is leaps and bounds better than Katsidis in terms of skill, Katsidis owns one of the biggest hearts in boxing. What he lacks in skill, he makes up for in sheer determination. This is an interesting stylistic match up and should be tons of fun because neither of these fighters would quit.

So there you go. Two more good fights to look forward to. 2010 is shaping up to be a very good year for boxing.