Pacquiao ready if Thurman adapts Marquez’s strategy

Roy Luarca
Pacquiao ready if Thurman adapts Marquez’s strategy
Team Pacquiao thinks Keith Thurman may just use as blueprint Juan Manuel Marquez’s stunning 2012 knockout of the Filipino icon



LOS ANGELES, USA – Like many others whom Manny Pacquiao fought before him, Keith Thurman intends to use Juan Manuel Marquez’s stunning knockout of the Filipino legend as blueprint to success when they tangle for the World Boxing Association “super” welterweight crown on Saturday, July 20 (Sunday, July 21, Philippine time) at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Buboy Fernandez, Pacquiao’s head trainer, came up with this conclusion after watching several leaked videos of Thurman training in Florida for his defense of the World Boxing Association “super” welterweight crown against Pacquiao, the regular champion.

“In all the videos, I noticed one thing they’ve been doing consistently,” said Fernandez in Filipino. “They want to duplicate what Marquez did to Manny.”

It was Pacquiao-Marquez 4, December 8, 2012, also at MGM Grand.

Pacquiao was going for the kill against Marquez, bloodied with a broken nose, when he ran smack into an overhand right and went down unconscious face down. He got knocked out with barely one second left.

Fernandez couldn’t forget that scene as he was the first person Pacquiao asked for when he woke up.

That’s why, Fernandez, vice mayor of Polangui, Albay, swore it wouldn’t happen again under his watch.

He has instructed Pacquiao to avoid making a direct follow-up even if he rocks Thurman with a solid blow. Be it a left, straight or whatever punch Pacquiao throws doesn’t matter.

Pacquiao must move out at once, because of Thurman’s tendency to throw a wide, wild punch.

But if Pacquiao finds the opening to go for the kill, Fernandez has devised a zig-zag pattern for Pacquiao to employ.

It was among the guarded weapons Pacquiao will deploy for the pay-per-view bout billed as “Welterweight Supremacy.”

And after their mitts session on Saturday, July 13, at Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, Fernandez is certain Thurman won’t be able to withstand Pacquiao’s fury and intensity.

Pacquiao’s punches were so explosive, the impact caused Fernandez’s eyes to turn red. –


Add a comment

Sort by

There are no comments yet. Add your comment to start the conversation.