Dalawang tanyag na promoter sa mga katauhan nina Gary Shaw at Don King ang nagsabi na pabor sila kay pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao sa laban nito kay Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez sa Linggo sa Las Vegas, Nevada.
“I don’t know what Nacho’s claim to fame is other than Juan Manuel, who’s going to get a real a-whoopin’ from Pacquiao,” sinabi ni Shaw kay boxing writer Felix Strunk ng FightHype.com.
Tinuligsa rin ni Shaw ang dati niyang alaga na si Alfredo Angulo na sinasanay ngayon ng trainer ni Marquez na si Nacho Beristaen na inubos ang lakas sa 1st round laban kay James Kirkland bago napatigil sa 6th round kamakailan.
“No professional fighter at that level should shoot an entire load in one round to where you’re done for the rest of the fight,” paliwanag ni Shaw. “Pacquiao throws a lot of punches, a lot, and he’s not done. Indeed, Pacquiao does throw a lot of punches, but the difference between he and Angulo is that he places those punches using pinpoint accuracy without wasting the type of energy that will leave him exhausted if his shots are blocked. It’s a mistake that you can rest assured he will not make come Saturday night should he get Marquez in the type of trouble that Kirkland was in.”
Idinagdag niya na tulad ng sinanay ni Beristain na si Angulo, matatalo rin si Marquez kay Pacquiao.
“I think he’s going to get an ass whoopin’. You can quote me on that. It’s going to be an ol’ fashioned ass whoopin’ by Manny,” dagdag ni Shaw.
Nang tanungin naman si King ni boxing author Scoop Malinowski ng boxinginsider.com kung ano ang masasabi nito sa laban ni Pacquiao kay Marquez ay binanggit pa nito ang katapangan ng mga Pilipino noong Ikalawang Digmaang Pandaigdig.
”I love Manny Pacquiao. With Manny Pacquiao, I wouuld do a Thrilla in Manila 2. You gotta be able to go back to Ferdinand Marcos and Imelda Marcos. You got to go back to the Philippines, that was there who was our allies fighting the Japanese,” pahayag ni King. “You gotta go to Japan, Iwajima, Okinawa. Then when you do that you bring all the people in from all walks of life, those who are alive that still remember and those who are the young who should know and be taught of what it used to be.”
“You gotta be able to deal with those types of things – and then a fighter stands up and becomes a giant in the hearts and minds of those who are the unbelievers,” dagdag ng pamosong promoter. “And that is what counts, that the believers, they just exalt in his supremacy and his ability in his physical pursuit of excellence. Oh I’m so excited.”