Pacquiao vs. Marquez: Why 4th Bout Won't Go the Distance

David A. CucchiaraCorrespondent INovember 28, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 12:  Juan Manuel Marquez (L) and Manny Pacquiao battle in the 10th round of their WBO world welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena November 12, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao retained his title with a majority decision victory.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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The 39-year-old Juan Manuel Marquez won’t be able to keep pace with Manny Pacquiao’s steady barrage of punches when they face off December 8 in the all-too-familiar MGM Grand.

As boxing begins to fade into the twilight as MMA takes center stage, the stars of the past have aged and won’t be able to resurrect the dying sport.

Marquez has yet to beat Pacquiao in three fights, drawing one and losing two, all three going the distance.

This time around, the 39-year-old is going to have a tough time defending the agile, and much younger, Manny Pacquiao.

The 33-year-old Pacquiao has won the majority of his last 16 matches, but faced a controversial loss against the rising young American star Timothy Bradley. Pacquiao was apparently defeated by Bradley in what seemed like an obvious Pacquiao victory.

Pacquiao won’t need any help from the judges against Marquez, who is 7-3 in his last 10 matches dating back to ’07.

This fight is going to come down to conditioning, an element that Pacquiao has the clear advantage in.

While Marquez is an excellent fighter, it’s no secret who’s been the better, more conditioned athlete over the last few years.

Also, you need to take into account the quality of fighters each has fought over the last few matches.

Marquez’s last four fights came against the 31-year-old Ukrainian Serhiy Fedchenko, Pacquiao, Likar Ramos and Michael Katsidis, who’s only won one match in his last five bouts.

Pacquiao has had success over some of the greatest fighters in the world in his last four bouts, beating (technically) Timothy Bradley, Marquez, “Sugar” Shane Mosley and Antonio Margarito.

This fight is extremely significant for the boxing world. While we’re beginning to accept the fact that we’ll never see a Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, boxing needs an epic fight from these two men to save the sport.