Boxing

Pacquiao vs Marquez: Why a Decision Would Make Superfight a Fail

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 09:  Boxers Manny Pacquiao (L) and Juan Manuel Marquez pose during the final news conference for their bout at the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino November 9, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao will defend his WBO welterweight title against Marquez when the two meet in the ring for the third time on November 12 in Las Vegas.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Matt FaulconerFeatured ColumnistNovember 10, 2011

Decisions are for chumps.

We want a knockout in this superfight.

Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao have gone head-to-head twice before and both times ended in a decision. Fans are hoping for a late-round knockout this time around.

Sure a fight that ends in a decision can be a terrific fight and are sometimes the best fights. However, the casual boxing fan wants to see a knockout. They don't tune in to watch technique or evaluate the boxers.

They want to see a knockout, and when the fans want to see a knockout, the boxers need to deliver. An early KO would be devastating because viewers wouldn't get their money out of it, but a knockout in the later rounds would be perfect.

It would be great for the casual fan that just wants to see some bit punches landed and perfect for the diehards who will get to watch the fighters adapt throughout the bout.

A late round KO is a win-win situation. There is nothing bad that comes out of a late-round KO. Anyone who wasted a couple hours of their lives watching the Wladimir Klitschko vs. David Haye fight knows just how awful a decision bout can be at times.

These fighters aren't going to run scared like Haye did against Klitschko, but there have been plenty of fights that simply haven't lived up to the hype. If this fight goes to a third decision, it's going to be a lose-lose situation for whichever boxer falters and for the fans who were hoping for an epic knockout.

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