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Pacman’s vicious counter: Marquez will eat his words


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MANILA—Figure of speech or not, Manny Pacquiao’s message revealed his desire to hand Juan Manuel Marquez a vicious beating when they tangle on November 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

“I’ll let him (Marquez) eat his words,” Pacquiao said in Filipino during a television interview Thursday.

The normally cautious pound-for-pound king was reacting to Marquez’s insistence that he won their first two showdowns in 2004 and 2008, which ended in a draw and split decision for Pacquiao, respectively.

Marquez, who arrived in Manila early Thursday morning for the launch of the four-city, three-nation press tour of Pacquiao-Marquez III at the Quirino Grandstand Saturday, also warned he is ready to wage another war with the eight-division champion.

As if to back his claim, Marquez jogged and did stretching exercises minutes after checking in at the Manila Hotel, where his team, including the legendary trainer Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain, and promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank are billeted.

Pacquiao said it’s good that Marquez is preparing hard for their World Boxing Organization welterweight title duel as he will also make sure that he’s in 100-percent condition on fight night.

“He’d long been asking for a rematch, let’s give it to him,” said Pacquiao, hinting that Marquez, the World Boxing Council lightweight titlist, will be in for a rude awakening after the Filipino superstar’s victory over bigger fighters (Miguel Cotto, Joshua Clottey, Antonio Margarito and Shane Mosley).

Pacquiao, who knocked down the Mexican three-division champion four times, three in the first bout and once in the second, also started light training earlier than usual on Monday.

Pacquiao’s training camp with the renowned Freddie Roach, however, will span eight weeks, divided equally between Baguio City and the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood.

The 38-year-old Marquez, who’s guaranteed $5 million for the trilogy plus pay-per-view shares in excess of one million PPV buys, paid a courtesy call on the Mexican ambassador to the Philippines yesterday, did some interviews and later had an exclusive dinner with Pacquiao, who will be receiving $20 million plus PPV shares.

Today’s schedule calls for the protagonists to walk together from the Manila Hotel, where a press conference will be held, to the venue where a projected crowd of 50,000 are expected to converge.

As a precautionary measure, a thousand policemen, including a SWAT unit, will be deployed in the area.

The affair will be covered by GMA-7, which will also bring in some of its stars to provide entertainment.

Later on, Marquez, who owns billiard halls back home, is slated to watch the World Pool Championship at SM North.

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Tags: Billiards , Bob Arum , Boxing , Juan Manuel Marquez , Manny Pacquiao , Quirino Grandstand , Sports , Top Rank Promotions

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WQKFTIZSFOANAMMZNQV3MEQHII Juan ricardo Silvino

    isa lng ang sikreto para matalo si pacman.  kailangan yong boksingerong lalaban sa kanya ay isang sabong aficionado gaya ni pacman…

    kaya daig ni pacman ang mga kalaban nya na mas malalaki sa kanya ay dahil sa kanyang kaalaman sa weight maintenance at pointing bago ang araw ng laban.  si pacman name-maintain nya ang kanyang speed and power sa tamang timbang, yan ang sikreto!  sa sabong, yan ang sikreto din ng mga magagaling na handler ng manok. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HO7XMDWA24OYGXY3JUIZYK7QYE isda2

    ano bang masama kung outpointing ang gawin ni pacquiao, marq will ask for another and another and another fight and pay and pay and, frustrating him and his alepores even more they will then rialize they just have to give up. remember to make him your best puching bag every bout.  have a good time in the ring, from lightning p-38

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HO7XMDWA24OYGXY3JUIZYK7QYE isda2

    easy lang pacman ,just make marq your punching bag kung talagang mas mabilis ka entertaining yan that way,wala ka pang tama ng hard to see straights 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IYOK27SYODWR5EOM2SJLHWK4G4 WAMBO

    First Marquez and then followed by Floyd!
    Pacman will kill Marquez badly!

    GO PACLAND! Support Pacland not MP8

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Phil-Nejudne/100000685648535 Phil Nejudne

    Bay Manny, inig fight ninyo ni Marquez sa Nov. ayaw gyud paduol iyahang baba kay mahanggab nimo iyahang baba bahong ihi, basin unyag malipong ka unya ug bugahan ka..kay sure gyud nga ihi ng iyahang imnom inig fights ninyo hehehehe

  • Anonymous

    Marquez will drop on the third round…..

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Badajosnon-Macabaian/100002348566742 Badajosnon Macabaian

    yong draw nila sa 1st fight ay pilit na kinalilimutan ni jmm ay dapat split decision yon dahil sa admitted mistake ng judge sa pagcompute ng score. kaya dapat dalawang split decisions para kay MP. Ipinagtataka ko lang, bakit hindi kinocorrect ang publicly admitted mistake na yon ng judge sa pagcompute ng score?

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