Pacquiao professes confidence in dexterity: My right is as potent as my left

31 Oct

Robert Delgado – Los Angeles

Boxing’s only octuple champion Manny Pacquiao, who defends his WBO welterweight world title on Saturday, November 12 against Mexican great Juan Manuel Marquez at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, has addressed the issue of which fighter has made more improvements since the last time they boxed and intimated that he is fully prepared for the possibility that their historic fistic trilogy ends up lasting the full 36 round distance.

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Has Marquez stayed on par with Pac since 08 or has Manny sped ahead? Credit: S. Verbeek - Maple Avenue Boxing Gym

“The years between each fight has made it more interesting,” noted Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38ko).

One of boxing’s memorable modern rivalries emerged in 2004, when two evenly matched featherweights named Pacquiao and Marquez (53-5-1, 39ko) traded shots for the 12 round distance yet registered an official draw – an announcement that enraged both camps. Four years on, in 2008, a rematch was finally fought at super featherweight and again, they fought a distance fight with Pacquiao edging a split decision.

A third and final contest to decide the ultimate winner has been scheduled for November 12 and much of the pre-fight talk has focused on a: the development of the Filipino from a prizefighting southpaw to an ambidextrous annihilator and b: the enhancement of the Mexican’s age… Marquez is 38-years-old; six years Pacquiao’s senior.

“Which of us has improved more? I have improved a lot,” answered Manny. “I am a more complete fighter than when we fought previously. I am now a two-fisted fighter. My right is as potent, as powerful and as dangerous as my left,” he said in a credit to his development as a pugilist whilst under the watch of Wildcard Boxing Gym owner Freddie Roach.

“I have as much confidence in my right as I do in my left,” he stated, before adding that it is he who has been tested more greatly than Marquez due to the physically larger men he has been dominating since 2008 (see: Oscar de la Hoya, Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito).

“Another difference between Marquez and me is that since our second fight, I have challenged bigger opponents with a lot more success than he has. This will be an exciting fight because our styles make for exciting fights. He likes to fight toe-to-toe as I do. We both like action and to engage our opponents.

“I have something to prove in this fight,” a determined Pacquiao declared. “I expect Marquez to be faster and stronger than the last time we fought. He is the ultimate competitor. I am prepared to go another brutal 12 rounds just like the previous two fights.

“There will be a lot of action in this fight. We both have a lot of pride when we enter the ring representing our countries, fighting for the honour of our nations.”

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