For the third time in seven years Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez has divided the whole world into two opposite debates. Last Saturday’s epic third installment of what could be one of the world’s greatest boxing rivalry only raised questions than answers as who among them is the better fighter. Thirty six rounds of war aren’t enough to measure the two… ‘as if these two were destined for each other. This is what happens when an unstoppable force meets and immovable object.’
The last two sentences were taken from another mega blockbuster stand-off between two fierce rivals, The Batman and The Joker, in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight.
In boxing there is no good guy and bad guy, only a winner and the conquered. Both fighters will do their best to subdue and outclass the other. But in the world of Batman, he is the silent protector, the watchful guardian, the dark knight. His nemesis is the menacing Joker, the kind of homicidal maniac who just wants to watch the world burn. The latter is Pacquiao the seemingly unstoppable force whose invincibility has carved a bloody trail of Mexican blood; the former befits the brilliant tactician Marquez whose counter-pounching abilities fashioned the best defensive enigma a Pacman can never solve. They are born to fight each other and the outcome of their unforgettable trilogy will be debated forever. Like the Joker said, “We are destined to do this forever…”
But if you asked me how did The Joker, I mean Pacquiao, won? Rule Number One: Nothing is given free so take it. Batman in the comics is always the aggressor to protect the city of Gotham from the menace of the underwold king Joker. Since Pacquiao is the champion during that match, Marquez greatest mistake was not taking the fight to Pacquiao. Instead he relied on his amazing defensive schemes to outpoint the champion. The batman named Marquez was all pure defense during that match, in fact in all of their three matches. He let the Joker deliver the fight to him. And that’s no good for any comic book fan, or in that case the judges. In close fights, the judges will always favor the aggressor.
The controversial result that favored the Pacquiao was never based on the premise that he is the champion, (or that the League of Shadows/Mafia controlled the judges’ decisions), maybe because Marquez was such an ass for not facing the Pacman toe-to-toe. But the way I see it, I think Marquez did won that fight. I am no boxing expert so never mind I got it wrong hahaha.
But the last laugh will always come from the Joker, the unstoppable force. The Joker had Harvey Dent as his ace in the film; Pacquiao might have just bluffed the world with Marquez. Because on the second thought, maybe Manny just went soft on Marquez and made it a close as it shouldn’t have been… Only to lure the Mayweather into thinking that he can beat Pacquiao. If that’s the case the Joker truly won.