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Pacquiao vs Marquez: Freddie Roach Says Marquez Will Not Be Able to Get Off the Canvas This Time

Freddie Roach believes that this time out, the power of Manny Pacquiao will finally be too much for Juan Manuel Marquez. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Freddie Roach believes that this time out, the power of Manny Pacquiao will finally be too much for Juan Manuel Marquez. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

In a piece for TIME, celebrated trainer Freddie Roach says that in their third fight, Juan Manuel Marquez will not be able to handle the power of his fighter, Manny Pacquiao, the same way he has in the past:

"I know Marquez has got off the canvas four times, but I don't think he's going to be able to get up from the power Manny has now," says Roach.

This is one of the harped on elements of Saturday's fight. While Marquez, who is now 38, has shown great resiliency in the past, the jump in weight, his age, and the fact that Pacquiao has so comfortably gone up in weight while Marquez has looked soft even as a lightweight, could mean that whether or not Marquez has the style to trouble Manny, the power that JMM has felt in the past may simply be too much this time around.

In the first fight, Marquez was down three times in the opening round, but didn't appear badly hurt on any of them, and came back to largely out-box a cruder version of Pacquiao. In their second fight, Marquez was caught with a thunderous left in the third round, and though he bounced up quickly, he was hurt and arguably saved by the end of the round as Manny poured on pressure upon the restart. After getting his bearings with the break, he once again came back to go punch-for-punch with Pacquiao the rest of the fight.

Critics point to the fact that Marquez was knocked down by Michael Katsidis in his last real fight, which came in November 2010. Again, Marquez came back strong, and that time stopped Katsidis, a respected warrior but not soon a fighter to be confused with Manny Pacquiao.

What happens this time if Pacquiao lands a big left hand and puts Marquez down? Will Juan Manuel's now-legendary recuperative powers hold up, or will the force behind Manny's shots just be too much to overcome this time? Manny has stopped some really good, really tough fighters over the years, and had a bigger, physically stronger Shane Mosley running to avoid contact in May.

How good does Marquez have to be to avoid a knockout result on Saturday?

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