Juan Manuel Marquez’ first three fights against Manny Pacquiao have been filled with controversy, and the Mexican still feels that he won all three fights against the Filipino congressman.
The two will fight for the newly formed, meaningless WBO “Fighter of the Decade” title, when they square up on Dec. 8, at the same place their prior three fights have been held, the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Nev.
Going into his fourth fight against Pacquiao, Marquez still has a few concerns about the judges, which is why he vows to knockout the former WBO welterweight champion.
“We tried to get this fight outside of Las Vegas, because the three times we faced him there I was robbed – first with a draw and two by decision,” Marquez said about his upcoming fight against Pacquiao. “There was talk about fighting in Texas or Mexico City. Finally the fight could not be removed [from Las Vegas] and again it’s going to be in Nevada. … Certainly they will not appoint the same judges who robbed me in the last fight…I guess. Anything can happen if the fight reaches the distance. This time I’m going to fight in a way that will certainly erase any doubts [about who the winner is]. It’s going to be very difficult to rob me in the fight. The strategy will be to look for a knockout.”
Juan Manuel Marquez initially wanted a Mexican, Filipino, and a third judge from a neural location besides Nevada to score his fourth fight against Pacquiao, but the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s executive director, Keith Kizer, denied the request. Kizer indicated he’d be open to suggestions from both camps, but NSAC will have the final say on who the judges will be.
Marquez understands that the judging is out of his control, so he plans to focus his energy on putting on another solid performance against Pacquiao. However, Marquez made it clear that he won’t take things lying down if he ends up getting robbed again, and he might even consider taking legal action against the commission.
“I have no say,” Marquez added. “If I get robbed again…I don’t know…we would have to examine it from a legal aspect.”
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.