'KO doesn't mean Marquez better than Pacquiao'
MANILA, Philippines – Mexican champion Juan Manuel Marquez’s spectacular knockout win over Filipino rival Manny Pacquiao last December does not automatically mean that the “Dinamita” is a better fighter than the “Pacman.”
This, according to former world champion “Iron” Mike Tyson.
“Just because he got knocked out doesn’t mean that someone is better than them,” Tyson said in a wide-ranging interview with On the Ropes Boxing Radio. “That’s what people don’t understand.”
“Just because a man knocks you out, it doesn’t mean that a man is a better fighter than you. You could rectify that mistake, and next thing you know, you could beat him again,” he added.
Tyson pointed out that even though Pacquiao was knocked out by Marquez in their fourth fight, he had already beaten the Mexican in their previous fights.
“He just got dramatically knocked out, so that means Marquez is like, what is it now, 2-1 or 2-2 or whatever it is,” said Tyson. “But Pacquiao has still got to come back.”
Moreover, their roles could have easily been reversed: Pacquiao could have knocked out Marquez, Tyson said.
“The one man that loses could only be a hair apart,” he said. “It’s just the mistakes that somebody capitalizes on that make you the loser and him the winner.”
“It could have easily happened to Marquez. As a matter of fact, Pacquiao had Marquez hurt right before he got knocked out, so that doesn’t mean that Marquez is better than him,” he added. “Marquez was ready to go right before he hit Pacquiao.”
Pacquiao had been battering Marquez for most of the sixth round, but got a little careless and overeager, and walked right into a perfectly-placed counter-right straight by Marquez. The “Pacman” was knocked out cold with just a second to go in the sixth round.
Pacquiao would later say that he was caught by a “lucky punch,” although Marquez has asserted over and over again that he repeatedly practiced that blow during training camp.
Meanwhile, Tyson said that “fight people” were not discouraged after seeing Pacquiao get knocked out.
“They know he was almost knocking Marquez out before he got knocked out,” he said. “There’s a possibility that he could knock out Marquez too.”
Pacquiao pursued a fifth fight against Marquez, but was turned down by the Mexican, who instead opted to challenge American Timothy Bradley Jr. in a bout that will be held on October 13 in Las Vegas.