Juan Manuel Marquez believes that Manny Pacquiao is still haunted by the brutal knockout loss the Filipino suffered in their fourth fight in 2012.
The Mexican landed a perfect right hand to knock out an all-action Pacquiao in the sixth round of their clash in Las Vegas, and Marquez believes that since then his old rival has been a much more cautious fighter.
Marquez watched on as Pacquiao, who could yet have a rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jnr, recaptured the WBO welterweight title with a unanimous points win over Jessie Vargas last weekend and did not fully recognise his former foe.
"He looks different compared to the Manny Pacquiao we know, with the speed and power." Marquez told Golpe a Golpe.
"We saw him get hit by a fighter who doesn't have a strong punch. Jessie Vargas, out of 27 fights has ten knockouts, so he doesn't have a strong punch but yet he staggered [Pacquiao].
"I saw a different fighter, more cautious, more thoughtful in his attacks, and that helps [you to ensure that you opponent doesn't knock you out]. We saw [that he is still thinking about that knockout loss], we saw it against Jessie Vargas. Those right hand blows that landed from Jessie Vargas made Manny Pacquiao think. Getting hit with that right hand counter is still fresh in his memory."
"He no longer throws punches thoroughly, so he looks more cautious, fights more from a distance, and he's not looking like he did in the past when he fought with that speed, with this animosity to knock the opponent out. Today we see a more cautious fighter and he's not winning the fights like he used to."