Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao will fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday in Las Vegas. It will mark the fourth time this duo will enter the ring together, and if history is any indicator, we are headed for another 12-round battle.
The HBO Pay-Per-View broadcast team will handle the telecast. Jim Lampley will call the blow-by-blow action with analysis from Larry Merchant and Roy Jones Jr. on all four of the bouts offered to the TV audience.
Jones, a multiple title holder himself, already is in Las Vegas and is excited about doing the bout. I spoke to him Thursday about Pacquiao-Marquez 4.
How can Pacquiao win?
Jones » "Manny must be the aggressor. In winning two out of the three fights, he has taken the battle to Marquez. He needs to be the first to attack, make Marquez use his left hand, and that will take away his strength. It sounds a great deal easier than it is, but Manny is a power puncher, and he can put Marquez away once and for all if he stays on the offensive and does not let up till he gets that knockout. It won't be easy as we have seen from the past three fights, but he can do it."
How can Marquez win?
"Follow up on his counterpunches with solid punches to the head and the body of Manny. In all three of their fights, Marquez has been a brilliant counterpuncher. His problem has been following up those punches with a series of solid lefts to the head. He can knock Manny out, but he has yet to quite figure out what power punch to use after the counterpunching. He can win, but it will take him trusting himself enough to take the risk of following the counters with a solid left or right to Manny's jaw."
What is the state of boxing considering the success of MMA?
Jones » "The future of boxing in the world is great. There are a wonderful group of talented young fighters that are making up the ranks. I am happy to report that we are seeing kids from all over the world in all the weight categories that want to be boxers. I know that MMA is doing well, but boxing is far from dead."