Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Merchant on Pacquiao-Marquez 4, Future For Both

By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Mexico City’s Juan Manuel Marquez produced the most stirring victory of his career in stopping his rival Manny Pacquiao in dramatic fashion inside of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Facing Pacquiao for a fourth time, Marquez found himself involved in another incredible battle, as the two fighters traded knockdowns before a bloodied Juan Manuel unleashed a short right hand in the closing seconds of the sixth round that dropped Pacquiao to the canvas and left him unconscious.

Sitting ringside as he called the action for HBO, longtime analyst Larry Merchant had a lot to reflect on as we spoke about Pacquiao-Marquez IV and its many subplots on Sunday evening.

Read below for Merchant’s thoughts on the incredible action, what options are left for Pacquiao and Marquez, why a fifth fight makes sense, and why he wouldn’t be surprised if either man walked away from boxing.

Thrilling competition…
“It’s one of those rare fights when two elite fighters decide to test each other to the max and it was a thrilling competition and drama. The kind of sudden, unexpected climax that we’re probably going to remember for a long time. It was a little surprising that Pacquiao would get hit by such long, winging punch. But it indicated how offensive-minded he was, which we’ve seen from the opening bell.”

Marquez’s fortitude in surviving and knocking out Pacquiao…
“I think everyone saw that he was in trouble and bleeding and starting to labor with his breathing. But it didn’t appear that there were any signs that his body was betraying him in any way. He was highly motivated to survive and keep throwing and was convinced that one of his big counter-punches would get through to Pacquiao.”

Pacquiao getting careless…
“At the moment, from where we were sitting, I wasn’t quite sure what the punch was. And of course, whatever you think you saw when you saw Pacquiao literally knocked out and the fight ending before your eyes, at that moment you weren’t thinking about what the punch was. As somebody who’s seen a lot of fights, you understand that Pacquiao was trying to finish Marquez but Marquez wasn’t finished. As a consequence, Pacquiao got a little carless, a little reckless, and there was more left of Marquez than met the eye.”

What the future holds…
“The obvious answer, which isn’t necessarily the obvious truth, would be to fight each other again. I guess, from the point of view of boxing and fans, there’s more reason to have a rematch today than there was Saturday. Because, that’s what the fans would probably want to see and that’s where the money would be. Unless one of them is advised that maybe that’s a good time to hang the gloves up.”

If Pacquiao vs. Brandon Rios and Marquez vs. Timothy Bradley were to happen next year…
“They’d be good fights. I think both Pacquiao and Marquez might be the underdogs in those fights. But they’d be good fights. If they’re going to keep fighting, I don’t know if they’d want to jeopardize the rematch, which would be the biggest fight either one of them could make right now.”

If Pacquiao and Marquez walk away from boxing…
“It would be, in a way, similar to when Lennox Lewis and Marvin Hagler walked away from huge paydays. Their records would stand the test of time and their fights, not just the ones against each other, are indelible to all fight fans. And Manny Pacquiao is a worldwide phenomenon.”

*** For more Pacquiao-Marquez IV coverage, please visit www.HustleBoss.com SUBSCRIBE  to Chris Robinson's   CRHarmony Youtube Page   and check out his exclusives below...



Chris Robinson can be reached at  [email protected]  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by stretchedout on 12-11-2012

Sorry, but I rate Merchant slightly above Skip Bayless. Two ignorant retards.

Comment by stretchedout on 12-11-2012

[QUOTE=Thickback;12800051]Merchant is such a Manny fanboy....Manny got careless, and Juan was laboring but had more left that Manny thought. Wild-winging punch???? So skill, and presicion counter punching had nothing to do with it?? FOH....[/QUOTE] Merchant is an ignorant turd. His…

Comment by stretchedout on 12-11-2012

[QUOTE=richardt;12799175]What I was saying is that if Mayweather who has fought in the Jr Middle decides to fight Martinez at 154 and Martinez wins, I don't see JMM fighting that high in weight, Pac wont, Rios wont, Guerrero wont. The…

Comment by THE REED™ on 12-11-2012

Probably took a good 45 mins to get this out of him.

Comment by dnut17 on 12-11-2012

[QUOTE=HeroBando;12798915]Yea, the guy is a little too worked up, but the post he responded to made the Pac Hatton comparison, which is way off.[/QUOTE] that's true the comparison was off but why does this happen to Marquez? He gives Pac…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (37)
Top Headlines McWilliams Arroyo Targets Sor Rungvisai Showdown Tony Bellew Wants Andre Ward, Tyson Fury at Old Trafford Too Video: McWilliams Arroyo on His Big Win Over Carlos Cuadras Video: Andre Ward on Ring Return, Sor Rungvisai-Estrada, More Video: Sor Rungvisai Breaks Down His Tough Win Over Estrada Video: Amir Khan Explains Anthony Joshua Beef, Talks Future Chocolatito Praises Estrada: Sor Rungvisai Lost, Unfair Decision! Estrada: What Did The Judges Watch? I Clearly Beat Sor Rungvisai Sor Rungvisai vs. Estrada - CompuBox Punch Stats Sor Rungvisai vs. Estrada - Official Scorecards - Photo Sor Rungvisai Decisions a Very Determined Juan Francisco Estrada Sor Rungvisai vs. Estrada - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard McWilliams Arroyo Shocks Carlos Cuadras With Majority Nod Cuadras vs. Arroyo - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Donnie Nietes Drops, Stops Juan Carlos Reveco in Seventh Artem Dalakian Decisions a Bloody Brian Viloria For WBA Title Photos: George Groves, Callum Smith - Go Face To Face Sor Rungvisai vs. Estrada - LIVE Superfly 2 Results Anthony Yarde Batters, Stops Tony Averlant in Seven Callum Smith Outboxes Nieky Holzken, George Groves is Next Daniel Dubois Blasts Out DL Jones in Three Rounds Callum Smith vs. Nieky Holzken - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Ronnie Clark Shocks Zelfa Barrett in IBF Regional Bout Conte Responds To Wilder's "Always a Cheat" Jab at Luis Ortiz News: Miguel Cotto Update, Lewis Ritson, New England Results Brian Viloria Very Pumped as He Goes For Fifth World Title Bilal Akkawy Beats De Carolis, Moloney Brothers Win, More Callum Smith vs. Nieky Holzken - LIVE Results From Nuremberg Roamer Angulo Collides With Evert Bravo in Yucatan, Mexico Srisaket Sor Rungvisai vs. Juan Francisco Estrada: Stats & Stakes Photos: Sullivan Barrera in Top Form, Grinds Hard For Bivol Shot Josh Taylor To Face Winston Campos, Humberto Soto is Out Callum Smith: I Want To Make Statement To George Groves, Fans Jarrell Miller: Could Be An 'Early Night' for Wilder or Ortiz Golovkin's Promoter Details How Canelo Rematch Was Finalized Adonis Stevenson: Andre Ward is Playing Games, He's Not Retired Hatton: Mayweather-McGregor in MMA Makes Me F***ing Furious Carlos Castro, Alexis Santiago To Battle in Phoenix, Arizona Zolani Tete: Belfast Fans Know I'm The Man To Beat Ryan Burnett Frank Warren Talks Anthony Yarde, Daniel Dubois York Hall Card
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement