Former WBO welterweight champion, Manny Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KOs), hasn’t exactly been impressive in his last few outings, but he’s hoping to turn things around when he faces Juan Manuel Marquez (54-6-1, 39 KOs) on Dec. 8.
They’ll meet at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.
Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach has had some tough times lately as well, as wins have been rare for the respected boxing trainer this year.
With Pacquiao and his trainer desperately in need of a victory, the Filipino congressman is solely focused on his Dec. 8 outing against Marquez. Rightfully so, considering the fact anything less than a dominant performance against Marquez could end up being the final nail in the coffin for Manny’s professional boxing career.
“My mind is focused on winning,” Pacquiao said, per Boxingscene.com. “If I have a chance inside the ring to make the fight easy [end in knockout], then… I will grab that opportunity. … I will try to not make this fight close like the last three fights. That is my focus now.”
Given how well Marquez has historically performed against Pacquiao, the chances of their fight ending via knockout is slim to none.
While Marquez has had better luck inside the ring lately, the Mexican is still bitter about the injustices he’s had to endure against Pacquiao. Officially, Marquez’ record against Pacquiao is 0-2-1, but it isn’t unreasonable to argue that “Dinamita” was the rightful winner in all three bouts.
Marquez tried making a few changes to increase the chances of a fair decision against Pacquiao this time around, but his requests fell on deaf ears. He wasn’t able to secure a change of venue, and the Nevada State Athletic Commission didn’t grant him his appeal to have non-Nevada judges (one Mexican, one Filipino, and the third from anywhere in the U.S. except Nevada) scoring his fourth fight against Pacquiao. Instead, Marquez will have to settle for a Steve Weisfeld (New Jersey), John Keane (England), and Adelaide Byrd (Las Vegas).
Like “Pac Man,” Marquez plans to bring his A-game when the two collide at the MGM Grand Garden Arena for the fourth time, and he’s also vowed to end the fight via knockout. However, given how effective Marquez’ counter-punching strategy has been against Pacquiao, he’ll probably end up utilizing similar tactics come fight time.
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