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Experts’ predictions for Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez IV

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Manny Pacquiao (left) and Juan Manuel Marquez (right) meet for a fourth time Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (AP)

Manny Pacquiao (left) and Juan Manuel Marquez (right) meet for a fourth time Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (AP)

SI.com’s boxing experts predict Saturday’s fourth fight between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez (9 p.m. ET, HBO PPV). Share your prediction in the comments below.

CHRIS MANNIX

Prediction? Uh … The reality is the Pacquiao-Marquez is a pick ‘em fight and it will be a pick ‘em fight whether they fight today, tomorrow or 10 years from now. Pacquiao will always be an aggressive, come-forward fighter and Marquez will always be the kind of counterpuncher that eats that style up. Marquez looks great at 147 pounds, sculpted and comfortable at the higher weight. And like last fight, Marquez will likely have a strong crowd behind him. Still, boxing judges favor the aggressor and I think Pacquiao will come out trying to prove a fight. He won’t stop Marquez but he will win a close — and probably controversial — decision. Pacquiao by unanimous decision.

RICHARD O’BRIEN

The great heavyweight champion Gene Tunney lost only one fight in his career, to Harry Greb, the man known as the Pittsburgh Windmill and one of the best fighters pound-for-pound in history. The pair would meet three more times, all tough engaging and bloody contests. Willie Pep and Sandy Saddler also faced off four times, in a series that is still considered one of the highpoints of the sport. Sugar Ray Robinson and Jake LaMotta met six times, in a historic series capped by Robinson’s lacerating 13th-round TKO on Feb. 14, 1951 — dubbed the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre and immortalized on film in Scorsese’s Raging Bull (“You never put me down, Ray!).

Yeah, who wants to see the same guys fight each other more than three times?

Uh, I do. I know that there’s every reason to bemoan the fact that Pacquiao is climbing into the ring with Marquez again and not with that guy who’s feuding with 50 Cent. Part of that is because these days boxers fight so infrequently compared to the old timers — between them, the six champions mentioned above had 1,094 bouts; two of Robinson and LaMotta’s fights were separated by just three weeks — and there’s the sense that time is running out on Pacquiao’s career. That we may never see him against Mayweather.

That’s all too possible. But another match against the redoubtable Marquez is a worthy consolation. It should be another close and even thrilling contest. Marquez knows he has to get to Pacquiao earlier and not let the Filipino build an insurmountable lead. Pacquiao knows he needs to make a statement. He doesn’t want to just squeak by again on the scorecards. That combination should lead to some early fireworks, and those could lead to an upset. Marquez has lost none of his power and Pacquiao — increasingly, it seems — can be tagged. In trying to take Marquez out, he will have to take chances, and against a counterpuncher like Marquez, he will pay a price. I expect to see both men on the canvas and both men bleeding. In the end it will go down to the scorecards once again. Marquez by majority decision.

BRYAN ARMEN GRAHAM

It’s not often these $70-a-pop blockbusters are legit coin flips but therein lies the value of Saturday’s scrap. Pacquiao and Marquez have fought 36 rounds with only seven points separating them on the scorecards. It’s not just that each cancels out the other’s strengths: these guys throw so many lightning-fast combinations that it’s hard to tell who lands flush unless someone gets hurt. Will the judges favor Marquez in the toss-up rounds as Roach fears? Will either fighter’s articulated desire to end it within the distance compromise their strategies? Does one or the other fall off an age cliff? No one can say with any certainty.

So toss a coin. Heads for Marquez, the thinker, whose shrewd counterpunching and footwork neutralizes the Filipino’s most potent weapons. Tails for Pacquiao, the aggressor, who holds the edge in power and benefits from a style that’s easier to see and easier to score, but may not get the benefit of the doubt if it goes to the judges. It’s the most reasonable forecast you’ll read all week: a 50/50 prediction for a 50/50 fight. Marquez by split decision.


  • Published On Dec 06, 2012
  • Marquez, Hernandez deny steroid accusations made by Roach

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    Manny Pacquiao; Juan Manuel Marquez

    Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez will square off once again on Dec. 8. (Stan Honda/Getty Images)

    LAS VEGAS — Last week, Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach made news when he suggested Juan Manuel Marquez, who will face Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night, was using performance-enhancing substances. Roach told USA Today, “”If (his body) is natural, I will kiss his a–.”

    Part of Roach’s suspicion involves Marquez’s association with Angel Hernandez, an admitted steroids peddler who has supplied performance-enhancing substances to Olympic athletes, including Marion Jones and Tim Montgomery. Hernandez — then known as Angel Heredia — later became a witness for the prosecution against athletes.

    On Tuesday, both Marquez and Hernandez denied using anything illegal.

    “You can say anything you want, but [if] you don’t have any proof, it means nothing,” Marquez said. “I told them I am willing to take any exam they want. Let’s go together, we’ll do it together.”

    “Before the last camp, there were accusations about [Pacquiao], people saying things, and we didn’t care. We never brought it up. For this fight, all of a sudden they are attacking me. I say we do [a blood test] now.”

    Marquez says working with Hernandez has “changed everything.”

    “I have had a 20-year career,” Marquez said. “I did it the same for 18 years. Now, I’ve changed everything.”

    Read More…


  • Published On Dec 04, 2012
  • Podcast: Freddie Roach discusses Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez IV, Austin Trout on Miguel Cotto

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    Sports Illustrated staff writer Chris Mannix talks with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach talks about Manny Pacquiao’s upcoming fight with Juan Manuel Marquez, then visits with Austin Trout, who defends his WBA super welterweight title against Miguel Cotto on Dec. 1.

    Click here to listen:


  • Published On Nov 30, 2012
  • Manny Pacquiao appears on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, parodies HBO’s 24/7

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    Manny Pacquiao made his seventh appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday ahead of his Dec. 8 fight with Juan Manuel Marquez. The highlight was a parody of HBO’s 24/7, which profiled Pacquiao’s three scuttled fights with Kimmel sidekick Guillermo Rodriguez. Look for cameos from Top Rank CEO Bob Arum, trainer Freddie Roach, ESPN personality Bernardo Osuna and longtime advisor Michael Koncz.

    – SI.com staff


  • Published On Nov 22, 2012
  • Report: Manny Pacquiao will fight April 20 if he beats Juan Manuel Marquez

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    Manny Pacquiao fans may want to circle April 20 on next year’s calendar.

    That’s the date Bob Arum has booked for Pacquiao’s next fight provided he gets past Juan Manuel Marquez on Dec. 8, when the longtime rivals meet for a fourth time.

    “I have talked with Manny and we agreed to hold his fight on April 20,” Arum, who promotes Pacquiao, told the Manila Bulletin on Wednesday.

    In August, Arum mentioned April 2013 as a potential target date for Pacquiao’s long-awaited showdown with Floyd Mayweather.

    – SI.com staff


  • Published On Oct 03, 2012
  • Quick jabs: Golovkin eyes return, Pacquiao-Marquez tix selling, more

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    Gennady Golovkin (above), one of the most intriguing and buzzed-about names in the middleweight division, will likely return to action on Dec. 8 in Europe. (AP)

    Some quick jabs …

    • I have to admit, I was bitterly disappointed when Golden Boy, on behalf of undefeated heavyweight and former Olympic bronze medalist Deontay Wilder, turned down an offer to fight rising heavyweight prospect Bryant Jennings last week. In case you missed it, Wilder and Jennings have been in a Twitter beef, during which Wilder called Jennings out. Jennings’ promoter, Main Events, responded by offering Wilder the slot opposite Jennings on its next NBC Sports Network show on Dec. 8. Yet Wilder’s team quickly shot it down, saying the money (likely around $25,000, though there was room for negotiation) wasn’t enough for that kind of fight.

    Now, I understand that a year from now, Wilder-Jennings could be a pretty big fight. But that’s only if both continue their respective ascents. The fact is, neither Wilder or Jennings has fought anyone notable and there is a strong possibility one or both will get beating which would take much of the shine off of a matchup (see: the vaporized Juan Manuel Lopez-Yuri Gamboa megafight). The winner of a showdown in December would take a big step in the heavyweight division, probably vaulting himself up in the rankings and certainly becoming more attractive to the higher-paying premium networks. Unfortunately, Wilder, who frankly has accomplished nothing in his four-year professional career, sees it a little different.

    • Here’s why Wladimir Klitschko may never fight in the U.S. again: More than 16,000 tickets have already been sold for Klitschko’s title defense against Marisuz Wach in November in Hamburg, Germany.

    • Speaking of hot tickets, Top Rank reports that 13,000 seats have already been sold for Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez IV in December. It seems despite the lukewarm response the fight received from pundits, there is still a strong interest from fans to see these two future Hall of Famers in the ring.

    • Looks like Gennady Golovkin will return to the ring on Dec. 8, when he will defend his WBA middleweight title somewhere in Europe. Golovkin hoped to land an HBO date, but the network is booked solid in December and Golovkin is determined to fight before the end of the year. Main Events lobbied Golovkin hard to fight on either its Dec. 8 or Dec. 22 shows. However Golovkin’s promoter, Tom Loeffler, believes he can get a better deal fighting in Europe.

    • There is some debate over when Wladimir Klitschko owes a mandatory defense of his WBA title. Sauerland Event, which represents WBA “regular” titleholder Alexander Povetkin, claims Klitschko must face Povetkin by the end of February. Klitschko’s manager, Bernd Boente, says the fight isn’t due until next July. My opinion: Who cares? Klitschko has chased Povetkin for years and, after Wach, doesn’t have any viable opponents on the horizon. Cut a deal — March sounds pretty good — and make the fight.

    • Sign me up for more Kubrat Pulev. Pulev’s 11th-round knockout of 6-foot-7 Alexander Ustinov on Epix last weekend — which followed a knockout of 6-foot-7 heavyweight prospect Alexander Dimitrenko before that — has established the Bulgarian as a legitimate heavyweight contender. Pulev will likely face the winner of Tomasz Adamek-Odlanier Solis in December, with a win positioning him as the IBF’s No. 1 contender for Wladimir Klitschko’s title.

    • Let me join the chorus of those who think Don King’s $1.1 million purse bid for Chris Arreola-Bermane Stiverne is nuts. Neither Arreola or Stiverne has done much of anything lately, certainly not enough to warrant that type of payday. There is a good chance Arreola-Stiverne on HBO or Showtime but there is no way King is going to get his money back in the license fee. It’s simply not that significant a fight.

    – Chris Mannix


  • Published On Oct 02, 2012
  • Manny Pacquiao’s wife to run for vice governor in 2013 elections

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    Manny Pacquiao smiles alongside wife Jinkee after the husband and wife filed their respective Certificates of Candidacy for next year’s midterm elections. (AP)

    Watch out, Bill and Hillary: Jinkee Pacquiao is joining her husband in the political arena.

    The 33-year-old wife of Manny Pacquiao, an eight-division boxing champion and Filipino congressman, announced her intent to run for vice governor in Sarangani province, the Philippine Star reported Tuesday.

    The announcement came as a surprise, considering she’d never previously expressed interest in running for public office. But Jinkee told several Filipino media outlets Tuesday that her goal was to assist her husband’s public service projects.

    Jinkee will be campaigning alongside incumbent Saragani vice governor Steve Chiongbian Solon, who is now running for a gubernatorial post.

    The election will be held on May 13, 2013.

    Both husband and wife filed their certificates of candidacy Tuesday at the provincial capitol. The formality marked Manny’s last official political duty before opening an eight-week training camp for his Dec. 8 fight with Juan Manuel Marquez at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

    – Bryan Armen Graham


  • Published On Oct 02, 2012
  • Quick jabs: Ricky Hatton comes back, Amir Khan finds new trainer, more

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    Former two-division world champion Ricky Hatton (above), who announced a comeback last week, might be an attractive opponent for compatriot Amir Khan. (AP)

    Some quick jabs …

    • How much money did Miguel Cotto leave on the table when he passed on a rematch with Manny Pacquiao? According to Bob Arum, a lot. Arum said Cotto’s guarantee for a Dec. 1 date with Pacquiao would have been around $13 million, with the possibility of going as high as $15 million if the pay-per-view numbers were strong. Instead, Cotto will settle for significantly less in a fight with unknown junior middleweight Austin Trout while Arum signed Juan Manuel Marquez for a fourth fight with Pacquiao by guaranteeing just $6 million.

    • HBO was thrilled with the rating it got for the heavily promoted Sept. 8 showdown between Andre Ward and Chad Dawson. According to the Neilsen numbers, Ward-Dawson attracted 1.3 million viewers, the sixth straight World Championship Boxing telecast exceeding 1 million viewers for HBO.

    • Here’s my one and only thought on the proposed partnership between Manny Pacquiao and 50 Cent: I’ll believe it when I see it.

    • I’m fully expecting a rematch between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Sergio Martinez to take place early next year. Chavez Jr. wants it and Martinez isn’t going to sniff that much money against anyone else. Hopefully Chavez will take his training a little more seriously next time. He has the talent to beat Martinez but he has to be in peak condition both mentally and physically if he expects to have a shot against a fighter as fast and skilled as Martinez.

    • At 33, comebacking Ricky Hatton probably has one more big fight left in him. And perhaps the biggest one of his career could be out there: Amir Khan. They haven’t invented a word for how big Hatton-Khan could be in England and after a tune-up or two both could be ready for it.

    • Little tired of strength coach Alex Ariza taking to Twitter and passive aggressively implying that a fighter would have done better had he been more involved. In the aftermath of Chavez’s loss to Martinez, Ariza, who had reduced role in Chavez’s camp this time around, in a Q&A with his followers, suggested that Chavez would have performed better had he followed his diet and that Chavez was “not in my kind of shape.” It’s not the first time Ariza has done this and it’s getting a little old.

    • Arum says he plans on bringing welterweight titleholder Tim Bradley back in December. Possible opponents include Ruslan Provodnikov, Zab Judah, Lamont Peterson and Robert Guerrero. Guerrero is under contract with archrival Golden Boy but Arum told a handful of reporters last week that Bradley-Guerrero was a fight he would really like to make.

    • Hasim Rahman, who held the WBC heavyweight title for a year between 2005 and ’06, is getting another crack at a world title. Rahman, 39, will travel to Germany to take on Alexander Povetkin on Sept. 29 in a fight that will be televised in the U.S. on Epix.

    • Predictably, the Adrien Broner-Antonio DeMarco negotiations are progressing slowly. Broner, who is represented by influential and divisive manager Al Haymon, wants the lion’s share of the money and DeMarco isn’t willing to give it to him. Like I’ve said before: Fight each other or don’t fight anyone else in your weight class on premium TV.

    • How much did it cost 50 Cent to pry Yuri Gamboa away from Top Rank? That would be $1.2 million. From what I hear from Top Rank officials, that’s just about how much the company invested in Gamboa.

    • The always entertaining Gabriel Rosado (20-5) is back in action on Friday night, when he headlines the next installment of NBC Sports Network’s Fight Night series against Charles Whittaker (38-12-2). This is a big fight for Rosado: If he wins, he becomes the No. 1 contender for the IBF junior middleweight title held by Cornelius Bundrage.

    • While we all wait (and wait, and wait) for Pacquiao-Mayweather, it’s clear Arum is setting up the winner of next month’s junior welterweight fight between Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado as the next opponent for Pacquiao. Rios-Alvarado is expected to be a war, which should give the winner a nice bounce going into a Pacquiao fight.

    • Showtime has to be pleased with the numbers for Saul Alvarez-Josesito Lopez on Saturday. According to Neilsen ratings, Alvarez-Lopez attracted 1.04 million viewers. Still, that’s a 42 percent drop from Alvarez’s HBO-televised fight against Kermit Cintron in November 2011, which drew 1.47 million viewers.

    • Amir Khan is reportedly set to name Virgil Hunter, best known for training super middleweight champion Andre Ward, as his new coach. That’s a good call. Hunter has a brilliant boxing mind who believes hit-and-don’t-get-hit is the only philosophy a fighter should live by. For a shaky-chinned fighter like Khan, that’s the best kind of trainer.

    • Speaking of Ward, cross Mikkel Kessler off the list of potential next opponents. Ward had expressed interest in a rematch with Kessler — whom he picked apart over 11 lopsided rounds in 2009 — but Kessler elected to face 37-year old Brian Magee, who owns a minor super middleweight title. It’s just as well: Ward-Kessler would have created no buzz in the United States.

    • Last week, Arum spent a lot of time talking to reporters about junior middleweight prospect John Jackson, even going as far as to say Jackson would get a televised slot on the Pacquiao pay-per-view telecast. But on Saturday, Jackson (13-1) ran into another pretty good prospect, the Jack Loew-trained Willie Nelson (19-1-1), who beat him in a close decision. Jackson still has potential and a lot of power (12 knockouts) but needs to polish his game so he can out box fighters he can’t knock out.

    – Chris Mannix


  • Published On Sep 18, 2012
  • Source: Manny Pacquiao picks Juan Manuel Marquez for next opponent

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    Manny Pacquiao (right) edged Juan Manuel Marquez by majority decision last November. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

    LAS VEGAS — Former welterweight titleholder Manny Pacquiao will continue his historic rivalry with Juan Manuel Marquez when the two meet for the fourth time on Dec. 8 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, an industry source confirmed to SI.com.

    The Los Angeles Times first reported the deal had been completed.

    Pacquiao initially wanted to face Miguel Cotto, who he knocked out in a thrilling fight in 2009. However, Cotto declined Top Rank’s offer, choosing instead to face 154-pound titleholder Austin Trout. Over the last week Pacquiao had been considering two possible opponents: Marquez and Timothy Bradley, who beat Pacquiao in a controversial decision last June. Ultimately, the decision came down to money: Pacquiao-Bradley generated an estimated 920,000 while Pacquiao-Marquez III generated 1.25 million.

    Top Rank promoter Bob Arum confirmed that Pacquiao would return to the ring on Dec. 8 but declined to specify the opponent.

    “We reached an agreement,” Arum said. “It’s being drawn up now. As far as who he will be fighting that will be announced on Tuesday. But everything is done, finished.”

    Arum hinted that Bradley — who is also under contract with Top Rank — will return to the ring on Nov. 10.

    Arum refuted speculation that Pacquiao was considering taking the rest of the year off.

    “Not even a remote [possibility],” Arum said.

    Marquez is expected to be in Las Vegas this weekend to work as an analyst for the international broadcast off Saturday night’s middleweight title fight between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Sergio Martinez.

    – Chris Mannix


  • Published On Sep 12, 2012
  • Report: Manny Pacquiao didn’t need to move fight over paperwork issue

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    Manny Pacquiao, a congressman in the Philippines with lofty political aspirations, has designs on the office of governor of Sarangani province in 2013. (AP)

    The intrigue surrounding Manny Pacquiao’s next fight continues to simmer.

    The Filipino puncher’s first outing since a controversial loss to Timothy Bradley had long been scheduled for Nov. 10 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas against an opponent to be determined, with Bradley, Juan Manuel Marquez and Miguel Cotto — all previous Pacquiao opponents — among the leading contenders.

    On Wednesday, longtime Pacquiao advisor Michael Koncz told ESPN.com the fight had been moved to Dec. 1 due to issues with his re-election campaign for the congressional seat he holds in the Philippines. Koncz said Pacquiao was required to submit his certificate of candidacy in person and didn’t want to interrupt his training for two days in October with less than a month before the fight.

    However, a spokesperson for the Philippine Commission on Elections told the Philippine Daily Inquirer that Pacquiao in fact does not need to submit his certificate in person, but can send the documents through an authorized representative.

    The inconsistent messages surrounding the postponement have only further fueled rumors, perhaps borne from desperate hope of fight fans and media, that Pacquiao’s team is working to make the long-anticipated megafight with Floyd Mayweather.

    Koncz flatly denied the Mayweather speculation, however, saying he doubts the undefeated American will fight again before 2013 after recently serving two months of a three-month sentence in a misdemeanor battery case.

    “As you know, we’re willing and able to fight Floyd anytime he wants, but I don’t believe he is ready,” Koncz told ESPN.com. “Floyd just got out of (county jail). He’s spending time with his family. He’s enjoying his freedom. He has money left over from the last fight after being in jail for two months. I don’t see Floyd going into the ring until next year, but who knows? I have no confirmation of his schedule. I’m just glad he’s out of jail. I wish him all the luck in the world and so does Manny, but I don’t see Floyd fighting before us this year.”

    – SI.com staff


  • Published On Aug 23, 2012


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