Manny Pacquiao: I’ve changed and improved a lot in the last three years

2 Nov

Robert Delgado – Los Angeles

On-form Filipino fighter Manny Pacquiao meets Mexican hotshot Juan Manuel Marquez on Saturday, November 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas for the third time in his career. One of the factors in assessing the match-up has been the further development of the 32-year-old who, since the last bout with Marquez in 2008, has gone from a southpaw to an ambidextrous pugilist – something Manny commented on today, Wednesday.

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Pacquiao shares moment with conditioner Ariza. Credit: Stacey Verbeek - Maple Avenue Boxing Gym, Dallas

“I’m working hard for this fight to make sure I’m in 100 percent condition that night,” said Pacquiao in a statement that underlines numerous comments coming out of the Wildcard Boxing Club in Hollywood, California that claim Pacquiao is surpassing fitness, strength and speed levels that he has previously shown. Even Freddie Roach commented earlier this week that his premier prizefighter is in the form of his life, as reported by On The Beak here and here.

“In the last three years I’ve changed a lot and improved a lot,” added Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38ko), before elaborating: “I have developed my right hand and my movement and power is also better.”

Pacquiao’s training camp – which has been split between the Shape Up Gym in Baguio City, the Philippines and the Wildcard on the United States’ west coast – has not only been spent getting Manny in optimum condition for November 12, but also in readying Pacman for the unique counter-punching style that Marquez (53-5-1, 39ko), a 38-year-old ring legend, possesses.

It is that style that proved so effective in taking Pacquiao through 24 closely-competed rounds divided between two fights, one in 2004 (featherweight) and the other in 2008 (super featherweight). In 2011, though, Pacquiao believes he has the remedy that will prove decisive in obtaining a conclusive victory in what will be a memorable fight trilogy.

“We’ve studied different moves for Juan Manuel Marquez’s counter-punching,” confirmed Pacquiao. “I am ready for this fight.”

Roach concluded: “Juan Manuel Marquez wore those shirts [in the Philippines claiming he had won the first two fights] and payback is going to be a b*tch.”

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