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Some sets of fighters, like Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Márquez for instance, match up like puzzle pieces. Just when one pulls away and seems to be greater, the other roars back and again proved to be their equal. Pacquiao and Márquez did this four times. 

On this episode of the Knuckles and Gloves podcast, boxing historian Patrick Connor and author/filmmaker Brin-Jonathan Butler remember the classic four bouts between Manny "Pac-Man" Pacquiao and Juan Manuel "Dinamita" Márquez.

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We all thought Tyson Fury would probably outbox Francis Ngannou with ease. It was only logical. But then Tyson Fury had to go ahead an underestimate the UFC's lineal (but deposed) heavyweight champion. 

It doesn't even matter that Tyson Fury won. Francis Ngannou's moment was huge enough and unexpected enough that it basically counted as win. And on this episode of the Knuckles and Gloves podcast, we couldn't help but talk about Fury-Ngannou.

We already discussed some high-profile fighters who fought for extended periods of time in Part 1 of the Longest Fighting Careers series. But in a sport full of fighters who fought for a long time, we may have left a few out. 

On this episode of the Knuckles and Gloves podcast, Patrick Connor and Aris Pina recall several other fighters with particularly long careers. 

It's said fighters often feel some kind of bond after a grueling fight, and fighters who go to war together are forever linked. 

Some fights, like Robert Quiroga vs Akeem Anifowoshe, 1991's "Fight of the Year," epitomize the idea that once two fighters lock horns and give pieces of themselves in a fight, nothing is ever the same afterward.  Robert Quiroga and Akeem Anifowoshe's stories both ended far earlier than they should have, and it's tough not to believe that their fight caused most of it.