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KO or Bust: Why Manny & Marquez Will Aim for Knockouts

Written By Fighthits on Saturday, October 6, 2012 | 11:34 PM

source: Raj Parmar | 3MoreRounds.com

As we enter the build-up for the fourth (and likely final) time that arch-rivals Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez step into the ring to do battle, both men have professed their desire to to end their feud by KO when they meet in December.

Through three fights, these two have gone the distance each time and each contest has been extremely close. Manny has been able to drop Marquez a few times in the three fight span while Juan has been able to connect very cleanly on Manny very often. The razor thin margin of the trilogy (two won by Manny and one draw) has left each man determined to close out the rivalry in definitive fashion.

Pacquiao has ramped up efforts to try to goad Floyd Mayweather into the ring by saying he will accept less than a 50-50 purse as well as undergo random drug testing. Manny has not totally impressed in his last three fights against Shane Mosley, his third fight with Marquez and his most recent fight with Tim Bradley.

It can be firmly said that although he did not look as impressive as he used to, Manny was the clear winner against both Mosley and Bradley (even though he lost a very controversial decision against Bradley). However in his fight with Marquez many have made the case that he really lost that one and Juan had done enough to deserve the victory.

Therefore Manny is aiming to put a rest to the controversy surrounding his battles with Marquez and the best way to do that is by knocking him out in the same fashion he did to Ricky Hatton and Miguel Cotto. Freddie Roach has also gone on to say that a decision win for Manny is similar to a win for Marquez; as only a knock out win over Marquez will give Pacquiao the authoritative win he needs over the only man he has not beaten clearly in recent years. Once he clears this up, he can look freely to Mayweather with no lingering issues.

For Marquez, although he has had an excellent career to date, has not reached the upper class of elite fighters in the sport. He will no doubt go into the record books as a legitimate hall of fame fighter, but is lacking career defining wins over top notch fighters at their peak in order to establish himself as an all time great. Marquez is aware that no matter how stellar his career has been to this point, something is missing and a knockout victory over Pacquiao will give his boxing legacy the defining win that it needs.

Both men have been speaking loudly about conclusively ending this long running feud in December. Therefore when these two go at it for the fourth time, both men will take more chances in the ring while going for that elusive KO win; anything less than that will leave both of their careers with an unclosed chapter.