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Old 12-14-2012, 11:17 PM   #369
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Default Re: Do you consider Juan Manuel Marquez to be an ATG

Originally Posted by techks View Post
Posts like this are what I relish. Not only in Classic as they are more frequent but in general. Well done.
Thanks, friend.

I am prepared to elevate Marquez's victory to the élite tier in Mexican boxing history.

In more ways than one, it is greater than Salvador Sánchez's stoppage of the smaller Gómez, and even Chávez's KO of Taylor (both these men were considered more or less equals).

Márquez beat a man who the mainstream considered the greatest pound-for-pound fighter in the world, a juggernaut who had broken much larger and powerful champions, who some--on the strength of his eight division titles--had proclaimed the greatest pugilist of all time. Plus, Márquez was a 39-year-old man!

Consider also the circumstances: "Dinamita" destroyed a ferocious version of Pacquiao, who had come to do damage. And the Pac Man was beginning to devour his old foe. He would have broken many men that night.

But that right hand, that right hand, is up there--in skill, in drama--with Chávez's 12th-round right cross and Chava's right that began the final demolition of Gómez.
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