by David P. Greisman - The measure of a fighter rests not just in what he is capable of, but also in how he applies his abilities against those who oppose him. The greatest boxers can examine what his opponent is, and then exploit what he is not.
Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez were two very different fighters, Pacquiao a whirling dervish of speed and power, Marquez a wizard with skill and precision. But when faced with the other, they were as close as two very different fighters could be.
One point separated them in their first fight, which ended a draw, one point on one scorecard keeping Pacquiao from victory.
One point separated them in their second fight, which ended a split decision for Pacquiao, one point on one scorecard keeping the result from being a draw.
One point separated them in their third fight, which ended a majority decision for Pacquiao, one point on one scorecard keeping Marquez from being the winner.
One punch separated Pacquiao from his senses in the fourth fight.
The scorecards didn’t matter. The only number that mattered was the 10 count that Pacquiao would not be able to beat. He was unconscious, face down, flat on his stomach. Marquez stood on the second rope, raising his fists exultantly from a blue cord less than 20 feet from where his fallen rival lay prone. He was celebrating a triumph that had long eluded him. [Click Here To Read More