Juan Manuel Marquez (52-5-1, 38 KOs) is not the opponent that that most fight fans would like Manny Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 knockouts) to be facing tonight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. But that doesn't mean that he's not a fighter capable of challenging Pacquiao and doing his part to deliver a thriller.
Tonight's Pacquiao-Marquez bout is the third meeting of these two experienced boxers. While the singing congressman from the Philippines holds a 1-0-1 advantage in this bouts, Marquez believes he was the better fighter in both meetings. In each fight, Pacquiao was able to register enough knockdowns to offset any advantage Marquez held in number of rounds won.
Despite his impressive performance in those fights, Marquez is the decided underdog. Pacquiao has evolved into an all-time great in recent years and is no longer the one-handed fighter that Marquez previously faced. Of course, Marquez is a renowned counterpuncher. Perhaps this time he hopes to be the one to produce a result against the run of play by way of a knockdown.
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