By Reni M. Valenzuela: Juan Manuel Marquez is coming to fight, while Manny Pacquiao is coming to finish him. Marquez wants vindication. Pacquiao wants conclusion. Shocks may fill the ring, and beyond, but which wouldn’t be shocks to those who could perceive them coming anyway between determined elite fighters of classic “rematch” series inside a brass arena.
This time around, Kenny Bayless cannot be allowed to officiate at bay wearing dark colored lens to avoid “seeing” a slide as a knockdown by an “opticless” referee like when Pacquiao clearly slipped and got a wrong/bias call from him in 2011 Pacquiao-Mosley. An apology of Bayless to Pacman immediately after the fight tells something could be more behind the words.
This time around the judges are required to have eyes to do the scoring, but the boxers may have none to see the light. Both may likely be impaired in vision as soon as the initial bell rings but one could be helplessly blindfolded. And it may not take a long stretch of gallop for the ring’s third man to wave his hands or for compassionate corner to throw in the towel. Continue reading
ESPN is presenting comprehensive multi-platform pre- and post-fight coverage of the Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez 4 bout scheduled for December 8 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. ESPN Deportes and SportsCenter are on site to provide daily news and information. Continue reading
LAS VEGAS, NEV. (November 26, 2012) — The Manny Pacquiao-Juan Mánuel Márquez 4 pay-per-view undercard will feature three world championship battles, the professional debut of the gem of the 2012 U.S. Olympic team, and a little Snooki on the side. Continue reading