LAS VEGAS -- Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez square off at Mandalay Bay on Saturday in the rematch of their classic 2004 draw.
KEYS TO VICTORY
1. Use the right. Marquez got back into the first fight when he realized Pacquiao was doing nothing but throwing a right. Pacquiao needs variety in his attack.
1. Jab, jab, jab. Marquez will blunt Pacquiao's charge and open his own offense by keeping a double or trip jab in Pacman's face.
2. Cut the distance. Pacquiao will be more successful if he's able to force the fight to close range.
2. Hands high. Pacquiao tends to be a headhunter. Marquez can blunt this by keep his guard high and tight, essentially daring Pacquiao to go to the body.
3. Upper body movement. Marquez is a very straight and very accurate puncher. Pacquiao needs to make it difficult for him by moving his head and shoulders on the way in.
3. Right hand counter. Marquez had great success in the opener countering Pacquiao's left with a right of his own. There is no reason to abandon that.
4. Body, then head. An effective combination for Pacquiao will be if he hooks to the body and then brings it up to the head quickly.
4. Don't lay on the ropes. Pacquiao is a powerful puncher and Marquez can't afford to give him free reign to tee off.
RATING THE FIGHTERS
Comparison of challenger Manny Pacquiao and WBC super featherweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez on a rating of 1 to 10 in several categories:
Pacquiao has one-punch knockout power.
Marquez' jab is punishing and is as much an offensive weapon as it is a defensive one.
Pacquiao would be wise to work on the body.
Speed and quickness
Pacquiao's power is borne of his exceptionally fast hands.
Pacquiao throws wide punches and is vulnerable to straight shots down the middle, such as those Marquez throws.
Both men have proven they can take a big shot.
Pacquiao appears shredded.
Marquez is a clever boxer who is brilliant at adaptation.
Pacquiao's Freddie Roach and Marquez' Nacho Beristain are among the best in the business.
Both have something to prove, but Marquez has confidence of knowing he won 22 of the 36 scored rounds in the first bout.
Anyone who saw their first fight in 2004 knows how evenly matched they are. Marquez' boxing ability and straight punches should enable him to take a unanimous decision in a close, but hotly contested, fight.