HBO debuted their latest 24/7 series over the weekend, an up-close look at the weeks leading up to the third match between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez on Pay-Per-View November 12.
You can watch the entire first episode of 24/7: Pacquiao vs. Marquez here.
In their first meeting, Pacquiao and Marquez fought to a draw. In their rematch engagement, Pacquiao carved out a slight victory over Marquez, which was enough for Pacquaio to be considered a heavy favorite. The fight is still a few weeks away and we’ll have more extensive coverage closer to the fight date, but for now, we’ve polled a number of experts for some early predictions.
Paulie Malignaggi: Former World Light Welterweight Champion
"I think it’s a great fight for boxing. Their first two fights are two of the most competitive and action-packed fights over the last thirty or forty years at least. It seems like Marquez hasn’t been looking the same as he did earlier in his career and that age stuff can catch up to you. I think at this point in his career, Manny is too strong for him. Even when you hit Pacquiao, he doesn’t feel punches anymore. He’s been hit by some big punchers like Cotto and Margarito and they’re big punchers at that weight and he basically walked through their shots. I don’t think a guy like Marquez is going to do much to him even if he does manage to hit him or do something interesting."
Michael Woods: ESPN New York Fight Blog & Editor of SweetScienece.com
"Manny Pacquiao will win the third fight, and conclusively, but maybe not as conclusively as his trainer Freddie Roach would like, or as many fans expect. Marquez just has his number. At any weight class. So those who are saying that Marquez is too old, has slipped too much, prepare to be surprised for some even rounds. Pacquiao will gun for the stoppage and I offer a 40% chance that Manny will be so on message, so eager to prove that Marquez didn't win the first two scraps, that he finishes the Mexican before the bell. Bottom line, Pacquiao wins and glory be, fight fans get an entertaining fight with an absence of toomfoolery and controversy at the end."
Kevin Iole: Yahoo Sports Boxing and MMA Columnist
"I like Pacquiao to win by late stoppage. Marquez simply isn't capable of fighting fighters as big as Pacquiao now is, which we saw against Mayweather. Manny is a much different fighter than he was in 2008, but even then, he was able to consistently hurt Marquez. Given his increased size and power, I expect a dominating performance by Pacquiao.
Michael Corleone: Kick-Boxing Champion and Former Pro Boxer
"I think the fight will not be like the first two matches because: They were great fights the first two times, but now Pacquiao has grown as a fighter where Marquez is on the decline. I don't see that Marquez could have any kind of advantage over Pacquiao at this weight."