This Saturday night promises more fireworks than Guy Fawkes Day and the 4th of July combined when HBO Championship Boxing televises the explosive doubleheader featuring the highly anticipated showdown between consensus featherweight kingpin Manny Pacquiao and dual belt holder Juan Manuel Marquez. On the undercard, is an intriguing crossroads bout between junior welterweight heir apparent Miguel Cotto, and recent world title challenger Lovemore Ndou.
Juan Manuel Marquez
Read on to see who the astute Doghouse Boxing scribes believe are going to win and why...
PACQUIAO Vs MARQUEZ
Tom Gray: I like Pacquiao on points against Marquez. I think the hand speed is going to be the deciding factor and Marquez will have trouble with Pac Man's "in and out" combination attack. Marquez will have far more success than Barrera did though and there could be some rocky moments for the Filipino, but Pacquiao’s conditioning should see him through via the distance.
Martin Wade: This fight will go to Marquez by late stoppage. Pacquiao will build up early rounds with his aggressive southpaw style with Marquez being able to counter effectively in the middle rounds. The stoppage will be controversial and worthy of a rematch because Pacquiao will still be standing and ahead on the cards at fights end.
Vito Trabucco: I'm going with Manny on a close decision. I feel he is on a hot streak and don't see him slowing down.
Rick Caldwell: Marquez is tough, but if Barrera got badly beat up by Manny, I don't see it going too well for Marquez. Manny by late round stoppage.
Sean Newman: Manny Pacquiao looked like dynamite against Marco Antonio Barrera, and in fact he has looked that way in several of his recent fights. However, until he proves otherwise, I believe that it was a matter of him catching Barrera at just the right time. That is not to diminish Manny's accomplishment in any way, because it was a great performance. I just think that Marquez, who is adept at both boxing and punching, will not shy away from Pacquiao as Barrera tended to do at times. I'm going with Marquez by ninth round stoppage.
Alex Pierpaoli: Very, very hard to pick against Marquez, but with Pacman's speedy volume punching and the tactical wisdom of Freddie Roach in his corner, I have to go with the Filipino dynamo. I see a great fight where both men are able to hurt each other with Pacquiao pulling off a late round stoppage.
Orlando Rios Jr: Pacquiao has the momentum factor and his shocking beat down of the great Marco Antonio Barrera gives him the edge. I see this fight going into the later rounds, with Pacquiao taking charge and pulling out a rousing victory. Pacquiao by decision, but I would not doubt the decision being a split decision.
Ben Franco: I like Juan Manuel Marquez by mid round stoppage (KO 8 or 9). Last time out Manny smacked a shopworn Barrera, who's best weight is Junior featherweight, but this time takes on a hungry, genuine, hard punching featherweight in Marquez and will get his arse handed to him.
Krishen S. Rangi: I'll take Pacquiao for the obvious reason: power. Marquez is good, but I've never even considered him as good as Barrera. He'll quickly learn he's not in with Smoke Gainer anymore.
Juan Angel Zurita: It seems Marquez is being severely underestimated by Pacquiao and Co. They should keep in mind that he's an excellent boxer, a two-fisted puncher, and the natural featherweight. He's been avoided for years by all the top fighters and probably for good reason. It's taken Marquez years to finally land a superfight with the type of style that will allow him to shine and Pacquiao's fits the bill. This fight will come down to boxing skill as well as who can absorb punishment the best. The underdog, Marquez, will prevail in yet another battle of the little giants. Marquez TKO 8.
Wayne Richardson: Marquez over Pacquiao - both hit hard, but Marquez has a better chin. Won't go past seven.
Aaron Imholte: Manny has superior speed and power. He is on his way to becoming something special. Pac-Man via 8th round TKO.
Jason Unpingco: Marquez knocks out Pacquiao inside of eight rounds. Pacquiao is fast and powerful, but Marquez is a smart counterpuncher who will stay away from Manny and break him down with different punching angles.
Joe Trabucco: In his last fight against Marco Antonio Barrera, Manny Pacquiao looked like the future of the featherweight division. However, I believed Marquez was the best fighter in the division even when people were all saying Barrera. Marquez will win this fight with a late round KO. Pick - Marquez KO11.
Jason Petock: I'm going with Pacquiao.
Brent Hedtke: This is a classic boxer/puncher fight. The advantage in power has to go to Pac, but JMM's precise counterpunching should help to level the playing field and keep Pac honest. This is a more or less pick em' fight, but I'd have to go with Marquez by late round stoppage.
Anthony Cocks: Pacquiao’s footwork, handspeed and pure punching power will be the difference in the early going, but I expect Marquez to start landing his sharp counters in the middle rounds to even up the score. In a fight that goes right down to the wire, Pacquiao sweeps the championship rounds to win by close, but deserved decision.
Epie M. Almeda: Pacquiao over JMM. Pacquiao is a real warrior. He thrives on adversity, as in a hostile crowd, and is not awed by any opponent. He is faster than JMM and hits heavier as well. Youth and hunger go to Manny.
"Bad" Brad Berkwitt: This is the kind of fight boxing fans wait years to see. On paper, it has it all. Two explosive punchers, but though I have no doubt JMM is up for the task, I feel it's the "Year of the Pacman". Pacman by 7th round stoppage.
Special Guest: WBA Welterweight Champion, Jose Antonio Rivera:
JMM and Pacman is a tough one. They are very good primed wrecking machines.
The one who is able to withstand the others onslaught will win. In the end, I have to go with Pacman by a close decision.
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