Writing in his regular column for newspaper The Mirror, former world featherweight king Barry McGuigan has aired his views on both the upcoming third clash between Pacquiao vs Marquez and the ongoing situation regarding the possibility of a mega-fight between Pac-Man and Floyd Mayweather Junior.
McGuigan, who ruled the world in 1985 and ‘86, says he fully expects Pound-for-Pound king Pacquiao to “blow away” Marquez on November 12th. After this happens, McGuigan says, there will be only one conversation in all of boxing: that which asks, will Pac-Man and “Money” finally get it on?
First things first. In two previous meetings, Pacquiao and Marquez went life and death, with the drawn verdict in the first fight as well as the razor-thin victory Pac-Man was awarded in the second fight being questioned and debated still. Going by those two fights, there is little to suggest Pacquiao will “blow away” Marquez this time around. But McGuigan sees this happening in the third fight? Maybe Barry will be proven correct, and he isn’t the only one tipping Pac-Man to win by KO this time. And “Dinamita,” as the great Mexican is known, isn’t getting any younger at age 38. Added to the things going against him ahead of the third fight is the fact that, in his only other fight at welterweight, Marquez looked sluggish and ineffective. Then again, he was in there with the majestic Mayweather!
McGuigan has thrown in his two cents with regards to the ongoing “take the test” OSRDT that Mayweather is demanding of Pac-Man. “The Clones Cyclone” suggests Mayweather “should be able to beat any opponent in his weight class no matter what they bring to the table.” Barry is of the opinion that the drug testing Mayweather has demanded is “an irrelevance if he [Floyd] is as good as he tells us he is.”
It seems McGuigan, if he were looking after Floyd, would advise his fighter to get it on with Pacquiao whether he suspects him of taking illegal substances or not. This attitude is not one Mayweather and his team share, however, and the fight is stuck in limbo as a result. Sure, it would make things easier and the fans would be a whole lot happier if Mayweather agreed to do what McGuigan suggests, and fight Pac-Man regardless, but we all know this isn’t going to happen.
It was so much simpler in the Irish hero’s day, as steroids were never suspected of being taken by boxers. As we all know, this is not the way things are today. Pacquiao insists he is clean, and until anyone proves otherwise he IS a clean fighter. Mayweather believes differently, and this is what is stopping the biggest fight in all of boxing from happening. And Barry McGuigan for one has had enough. Can’t say I blame him!
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Freddie Roach told the Manila Bulletin (via BoxingScene.com) that just winning isn't enough this time out for Manny Pacquiao, and that the Filipino phenom needs to knock out his rival Juan Manuel Marquez:
"Victory is no longer enough. I want Manny to KO Marquez," said Roach from Baguio City, site of Pacquiao’s training camp. "I’d be surprised if the fight goes eight or nine rounds. Manny won’t fight him the way he did in the past."
While Pacquiao and Marquez have been incredibly fun in the lead-up to this fight so far, there is some bad blood between the camps. The fighters seem to have enormous respect for one another, and neither are big trash talkers, but expect the intensity to pick up when the fight draws near. Not to mention, the two trainers aren't friendly at all in Pacquiao vs Marquez fight, and they might wind up doing more o the talking.
This is one final chance for Marquez, 38, to finally prove his superiority to Pacquiao. Most feel he's got little shot, as he's grown a bit too old and will be fighting a bit too heavy.
Will you consider it an upset if Pacquiao doesn't knock out Marquez this time?