Pacquiao vs. Marquez IV
Dec. 8, 2012 // 9 p.m. ET (HBO PPV)
MGM Grand, Las Vegas
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Pacquiao was long a devastating force, knocking out bigger opponents thanks to his power, among other attributes. But time has taken its toll. The third fight showed that Marquez gained resilience at a higher weight, and Pacquiao followed up that bout with a performance against Timothy Bradley Jr. that showed the PacMan of old is a distant memory. He still has his speed, but he no longer has that gunpowder-in-his-gloves explosiveness. Punching power will become an advantage Saturday only if there's a strategy to back it up over the course of the fight.

Advantage: Even

Written by Bernardo Pilatti