Pacquiao vs Marquez: Why Third Encounter Won't Be Nearly as Close as Other Two

Kyle SkovCorrespondent IINovember 11, 2011

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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The third encounter between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez will not be nearly as good as the first two, mainly due to the age and experience of both fighters.

Age and experience are not always negatives, however, with one fighter seemingly on the rise while the other is on his way down in his career, it is a negative here.

Pacquiao is only getting better and he is training harder than ever. This was exhibited by the way he did not slow down even though the fight is getting closer and closer.

Pacquiao continually pushes himself, and he is as quick as he has ever been. His speed will be the strength that will ensure he takes down Marquez with ease.

Marquez is a strategic fighter who capitalizes on the fact that he can reverse the rhythm of the fight by starting on the defensive. Landing counters to combos is not something that is easy, and this is something that the aging Marquez will learn.

Marquez has never been much of a brawler, so, when combos come his way, he will be lost in the fray. Pacquiao is a man who can dictate and overtake a fight.

The aging and slowing Marquez will also not be able to use the same kind of footwork that he displayed against other opponents. Dancing around Pac-Man in a circle will not slow down the fiery Filipino.

The two fighters could barely be separated in their previous contests, but now there is a clear divide as the two are at vastly different points in their career.

Both are great fighters whose legacy will not be changed, regardless of the outcome.