Juan Manuel Marquez Might Secretly Be Batman

The Rumble ↵is SportingNews.com's new fight blog covering the worlds of boxing and ↵MMA. The following piece was written by Anthony Wilson.
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↵Last ↵night I was thinking about something (which is beyond the point of this ↵post and thus not worth specifying) that led me to google the words ↵"Batman’s superpowers." Upon seeing the results, I was reminded of a ↵fact I already knew: Batman has no superpowers. He has inherited wealth ↵but other than that he is a self-made superhero, just a regular dude ↵who relies on his intelligence and resources to fight crime in Gotham.
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↵I ↵immediately drew a connection between Batman and Juan Manuel Marquez. ↵He possesses none of the natural advantages of some of his world class ↵contemporaries. He doesn’t have great speed, reflexes, or power. He ↵isn’t supernaturally tall or long. He isn’t particularly strong. He ↵doesn’t have an awesome money punch. And yet still he has risen to the ↵top of the sport, a man universally considered one of the top-3 ↵pound-for-pound fighters in the game.
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↵Manny ↵Pacquiao has three gifts from the heavens: mesmerizing speed, ↵prodigious power (especially when he was fighting below 135 pounds, ↵although the Hatton knockout at 140 was the most devastating single ↵punch of his career), and a straight left hand that made him a force to ↵be reckoned with even when he had little else to go with it. And yet, ↵Marquez proved his equal, and some would say more than his equal, in their two fights against each other.
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↵Like ↵Batman, Marquez excels because he is extremely smart and has complete ↵command of his utilities – which in his case are the tried and true ↵techniques of the sweet science and a courageous fighting heart. ↵Counterpunching is his modus operandi. There is no one who puts ↵together combinations more brilliantly. Want a snapshot of his acumen? ↵Look no further than his closing out of Juan Diaz, when he set Baby ↵Bull up with body punches before finishing him off with an umpteenth ↵precise uppercut. Want to see how well he can adjust amidst adversity? ↵Just watch the first fight with Pacquiao, when he was able to salvage a ↵draw despite getting knocked down three times in the first round. Sixty ↵seconds after surviving an ambush that had Lampley referring to Manny ↵as a "storm" and Merchant likening Manny to a "typhoon," Marquez was ↵already beginning to time and dodge the Filipino’s wildly thrown left ↵hands.
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↵Bill Simmons once wrote that in order for Jason Kidd to ↵compensate for not being able to shoot, the rest of his game had to be ↵perfect. I saw similarities between that assessment of Kidd and the one ↵I have of Marquez: he has average natural ability, but he more than ↵makes up for it by being technically flawless.
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↵But I think the ↵Batman analogy works better: In his prime Kidd was blessed with great ↵speed (no one got from one end to the other faster with the ball in ↵their hands), and he remains very strong for his position (and he still ↵has those stellar mitts of his). Marquez, on the other hand, is exactly ↵like the Dark Knight: a superhero without a superpower.
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↵Marquez ↵will be facing another superhero, Floyd Mayweather Jr., next Saturday. ↵He will be outgunned. He is facing not only a larger opponent but one ↵with probably the most celebrated superpowers in the boxing comic book: ↵Money May’s pure athleticism is off the charts. His speed and reflexes ↵are blinding. But it’d be wise not to count Marquez out: He may not ↵have any special capabilities, but a superhero is a superhero. Batman ↵always manages to get it done, and Marquez usually does, too.↵

This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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