By Chris Robinson
There were several vested observers during Saturday night’s third match between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez and it goes without saying that Tony Morgan, trainer to former two-time welterweight champion Andre Berto, was just as curious as anyone.
After twelve rounds of action, there seems to be a split amongst people as to whether it was Marquez’s precise counterpunching and ring generalship or Pacquiao’s aggression that ultimately carried the day. Regardless of any debate, the record books will always show that it was Pacquiao who walked away the winner via majority-decision after scores of 116-112, 115-113, and 114-114 came rolling in, notching the third defense of his WBO welterweight crown in the process.
Morgan can rationalize with both sides of the fence but seemed to personally feel that Marquez controlled the tempo of the bout.
“It depends on what type of judge that judges the fight,” Morgan said during our conversation on Monday night. “If you look at who was busy, Pacquiao was busy, if you look at effective punches, I think you gotta go with Marquez. It looked to me like Marquez landed the better shots. Pacquiao was a little busier, but I think Manny was surprised to see a little different Marquez in there.”
The drama surrounding a possible fight between Pacquiao and undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr. in never-ending, with new twists and turns emerging almost daily, but Morgan feels we will never see it happen.
“In my honest opinion, I don’t think that Pacquiao and Mayweather will ever fight.” Morgan added. “I got my own reasons, and I don’t want to say anything about anybody, but I don’t believe they will make the fight.”
On the undercard of Pacquiao-Marquez III, WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley returned from a ten-month layoff as he scored a dominant yet uninspiring 8th round TKO over Cuba’s Joel Casamayor, once a fine fighter between 130 and 135 pounds. Morgan was asked about the possibility of a Pacquiao-Bradley fight and seemed to have mixed emotions.
“Not really,” Morgan said when asked if he would be interested in such a matchup. “I think Bradley’s a tough fighter. It might be a good fight, I shouldn’t say that. I’ve known Tim a long time, with Berto we fought two or three times in the amateurs. Tim’s a good fighter and he seems to pull it out when he needs to but he hasn’t really been tested at 147 yet.”
The real importance for Morgan figures to waiting just around the corner as it appears that Berto is in line for a rematch with Victor Ortiz, a fight he has desperately been craving for. In April, Ortiz defeated Berto in a classic slugfest that saw each man taste the canvas twice and Andre has been itching for another crack at his conqueror.
Giving his thoughts, Morgan concedes that the thought of revenge runs deep.
“I like to show people the better side of us. I don’t think Berto was on that night. No excuses, Victor fought his ass off and you gotta take your hat off to him. I definitely think we can beat him. You always like to get a loss back. Nobody wants to have that on their mind and on their resume.”