"Greed- is good."
Although he's fictional, that line delivered most famously in the iconic film "Wall Street" did more than capture a figment of people's imagination. Many fell in love with this line, and in their rapture we see the ensuing results. When stripped of creed because of greed, one becomes bankrupt in a way no ATM can settle, and if the wages of its sin doesn't produce death- it doesn't mean you won't die within.
The bottom line is this: Juan Manuel Marquez is a greedy bastard.
This of course, in figurative terms, assuming him at his worst in full Micheal Douglas turned persona non-grata flair. He did not have to fight (and lose to) Timothy Bradley the other night. He chose to. He can say what he wants, or whine on the shoulder of Nacho Beristain (another really big baby) about being robbed, but HBO cameras revealed that it was he in fact, who robbed himself. He spent too much time looking for "the shot", and Bradley was smart enough to move when he wanted to throw it. Because of this, the fight did not have the war aspect to it that I thought it would.
Let's rewind for a second.
When Juan Manuel Marquez landed the shot heard round the world last December, there isn't a moment in sports that I can think of that contained more elements of a storybook ending. He vanquished his tormentor, Manny Pacquiao, with shocking ablomb. That Pacquiao was considered by many to be the world's best fighter and hadn't been on the canvas (Mosley doesn't count) in a gym war -or any other war- in 13 years, was a testament to this notion. It was an epic war that he was losing, and he prevailed in true Hollywood fashion.
But all too often, fighters have a way of messing up great endings, even as the ones they orchestrate are sometimes kind of messy to begin with.
Marquez was saddled with doubt in his victory over Pacquiao for inexplicably choosing to hire strength and conditioning coach Memo Heredia, who was a notoriously despicable figure in the world of sports, given his very detailed history of helping athletes win dirty in the "cleanest" of ways. He was also a government informant. Why in the hell would you hire somebody like that and not expect doubt?
Why would you not expect anyone to whine?
This would be adjacent to a cyclist looking for an egde, to look through the yellow pages and find Lance Armstrong. Marquez had no one to blame during the promotions of his fight with Bradley for all the trouble "he caused" by being so coy about testing- and choosing to fight again in the first place. Marquez could not resist the lure of one-upping Pacquiao by beating Bradley (who knows he didn't beat Pacquiao), getting a historic 5th title in as many weight classes, becoming perhaps the greatest Mexican fighter of all-time, and having ultimate leverage in a 5th fight with Pacquiao (who didn't even bother to watch, instead getting his rosemary bead on at church) as champion. His hubris knows no bounds.
Bradley, who won't remind anyone of Sugar Ray Robinson or even the all time great that "he thinks he is", was able to corral Marquez with steady movement and consistent ring generalship. He did not land the more gaudy shots, Marquez did, but he applied the science of what the sport is all about in every facet, and he beat Marquez. For as gracious as Tim was toward Marquez after the fight, Marquez was disgraceful. In lieu of all that he was able to accomplish and deflect by way of criticism, he sullied his achievements somewhat and invited more of the latter.
A close inspection of Juan Manuel revealed a top heavy fighter of still great counterpunch acumen, but with noticeable slippage in both speed and movement. This was apparent against Pacquiao as well, whose arrogance and refusal to do nothing but bring the fight to Marquez, resulted in calamity. Bradley understood this, and refused to engage Juan in a war at all costs, knowing that this Marquez built for strength and a knockout was not the hand to play.
Because of his pride, and ongoing saga with the unrest that exists in him, Juan Manuel will fight again, and will probably pick up the phone and dial Pacquiao's number if his arch-nemesis destroys Brandon Rios. Karma would seem to suggest that though he is brave- this type of fortune wouldn't favor him.
Greed- isn't good.