Until his KO loss to Juan Manuel Marquez, and to a lesser extent, the controversial loss to Timothy Bradley, Manny Pacquiao had been seen as an unstoppable force during his reign through the weight classes. Everybody who has ever seen Pacquiao fight knows that he is an all-time great fighter and accomplished amazing things throughout his career. That being said, in the aftermath of his knockout loss, it's worth wondering... was Manny Pacquiao that good and did he really improve that much as his career, or was matchmaking a big reason for his success?
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Let’s begin at the moment when Pacquiao absolutely destroyed Marco Antonio Barrera. This is when Pacquiao really became known to the fans. He showed his signature speed, power, and relentless style which was too much for Barrera.
Then came Marquez, who would become Pacquiao’s worst nightmare. After getting knocked down 3 times in the first round, Marquez came back and out-boxed Pacquiao for most of the figh...