Manny Pacquiao will win tonight.
Yes, Juan Manuel Marquez may be the more skilled of the two, and certainly the more experienced, but Pacman’s grown a lot since their last fight – in terms of size and skill. This is important.
Pacquiao’s managed to move up in weight and keep his athleticism, speed and power. Furthermore, he’s a much better fighter since he last saw Marquez. It was close fight that many (myself included) thought JMM won, and fans wanted a rematch immediately.
It didn’t happen. Over three years have passed and since then Pacquiao’s become the current pound for pound champ (rating may change after midnight). Marquez has stayed within the top five for the most part, with two great victories over Juan Diaz and one over Michael Katsidis, both much younger than Dinamita, but his loss to Floyd Mayweather at welterweight was telling.
Marquez didn’t carry the weight well, and while he’ll be fighting above 140 again, he promises things will be different this fight.
If that’s true, this fight may turn out to be competitive. Marquez certainly knows how to fight Pacquiao after two extremely close fights and his age hasn’t shown as much as one would expect.
But like Mayweather , Pacquiao will be the bigger and faster man in the ring, and that’s a bad combination for Marquez.
Knockout predictions are bold statements, but I’m making a very safe one here: Pacquaio by KO in round 10.
I’ll know if I’m wrong soon enough.