Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez: Dinamita Will Benefit from Underdog Role

Matt FaulconerFeatured ColumnistNovember 9, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 06:  Professional Boxers Manny Pacquiao (L) and Juan Manuel Marquez attend the press conference for their World Welterweight Championship Fight at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers on September 6, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
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Juan Manuel Marquez is going to use his underdog role to his advantage, but that still might not be enough.

Dinamita is a huge underdog in this fight, and many have already written him off completely.

He might not win this bout, but you better be sure that he's not going down without a fight. He lost to Manny Pacquiao in the first two bouts, but they weren't exactly convincing victories.

Both results were determined by decision, which Marquez claimed was wrong.

Maybe the judges were, and Dinamita doesn't want to give them the chance to be wrong this time. Marquez is going to go after Pac-Man. He's not going to let this fight get to a decision. He doesn't want the judges to be able to rob him from a victory again.

This is his chance to prove once and for all that he is just as good a fighter as Pacquiao. We shouldn't doubt Dinamita in this fight. He has nothing to lose, while Pac-Man has everything to lose.

Marquez doesn't get the hype that Pac-Man or Floyd Mayweather Jr. get, but he is nearly as talented.

Throughout his career, Dinamita has been known as a counterpuncher. He doesn't come out swinging, so you might think the idea of his laying everything on the line in this fight is crazy. Don't worry, it's not.

According to Jerry Izenberg of The Star-Ledger, Marquez has switched his style up for this fight.

It would seem to indicate that, at least at the start on Saturday night, the classic counterpuncher will be bigger, stronger and in what is the biggest switch of all, committed to a swarming, aggressive style he has never before shown to the boxing community.

Pac-Man will be caught off guard. He couldn't have expected nor prepared for this style from Marquez. He is going to have to handle an early onslaught if he expects to win this fight. If he doesn't, Dinamita will head back to Mexico with the result he has long been missing against Pac-Man.