Right after Manny Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 KOs) defeated Shane Mosley in a lackluster fight, boxing fans clamored for an opponent who’d fight back. Juan Manuel Marquez (53-5-1, 39 KOs) was the most logical choice. Between the two of them, they've given us 24 rounds, with but a one point separating the two in those two fights. Fans want a real fight and that’s exactly what they’ll be getting come November 13.
The first 24 rounds
Their first two fights were classics. In total, Pacquiao and Marquez have given us 24 action packed rounds and are poised to give us a few more before this rivalry ends. Pacquiao-Marquez is one of the best rivalries of this generation and it almost did not happen because Pacquiao blitzed through Marquez in the first round of their first fight. But the Mexican fought back and won most of the following rounds to get a draw.
This result might have been painful to accept for both fighters but it ended up being beneficial for both of them. For Marquez, the draw made everyone realize just how special he is. He was always second fiddle to the Erik Moraleses and Marco Antonio Barrera's of the world. But after the fight, people saw that Marquez now belongs to the upper echelons of boxing.
For Pacquiao, this fight made him realize that he needed more than just his left hand to be successful. If this draw didn’t happen, there’s a huge chance that Pacquiao would not have developed the use for his right hand.
In the second fight, people were expecting Pacquiao to dominate Marquez because of his right hand’s vast improvement but the fight was similar to the first one. Marquez gave Pacquiao trouble through his counterpunching. Pacquiao won rounds by hurting Marquez. It was Pacquiao's knockdown in the third round that made the difference in the fight.