Bare Eye

Manny counters, steps on the gas again


It will be different from all the three previous fights, promoter Bob Arum says of the Dec. 8 fourth bout between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez.

Different, Arum explains, because both of them will be “looking for different strategies this time so much so that the winner will be more conclusive.”

Both have vowed to be more aggressive “and each of them will be taking the fight to the other.”

In that case, Arum surmises, “it may be a disadvantage for Juan Manuel whose biggest advantage is counterpunching but who vows to be a lot more aggressive as well.”

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The point is very clear: something’s got to give.

You can’t rock, go bang, bang and stay an impeccable counterpuncher at the same time.

These details were bared during a media conference call involving Arum, Pacquiao and trainer Freddie Roach in California yesterday.

The conference coincided with Marquez’s media day workout scheduled in Mexico City yesterday.

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By the time this column comes out, Team Pacquiao must’ve already confirmed earlier claims that Marquez has undergone an amazing physical buildup.

Last seen inside the gym in Mexico, El Dinamita was described as “a wrecking ball with tons of muscles.”

Of course, it should also be determined during the Marquez workout whether or not the classy Mexican boxing icon has slowed down with (his) fearsome extra poundage.

“I am not worried about strength,” Roach stressed during the conference call. “I don’t think muscle gives you a better chin.”

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Needless to say, Roach is expected to order Pacquiao to push what he expects to be a muscular but slower Marquez to the limit.

You see, it was done very quietly but Pacquiao has been ordered to step on the gas again.

Remember how some two weeks back when Pacquiao confided to a close-in Manila broadcaster he had to give his body some rest while training hard for the Marquez bout?

As noted here earlier, something came in the way as Pacquiao tried to run back to the summer when he was only 24. He suddenly paused and said he may not need to really go back that far.

When buttonholed at the Wild Card Gym on why he had to skip some running routines, Pacquiao said he had found it necessary to give his body time to recover.

“So how do you feel now?” Pacquiao, 31, was asked.

“I’m 28 and I feel perfectly fine,” he beamed.

Pacquiao, by the way, was 28 when he stopped and retired the heavily favored Oscar De La Hoya.

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Now, listen, please.

Suddenly, Pacquiao was again running fast and hard to that summer when he was 24.

“Manny will fight at a faster pace, like he did in the first fight,” Roach assured during yesterday’s conference. “We will not let Marquez dictate the pace.”

Can Manny fight at the same pace as he did in their first fight?

“Yes, yes!”

Himself speaking, Pacquiao has vowed all-out aggression, speed, hip movement.

“We have Plan A and Plan B, we plan to pressure and counter him, move my head a lot of work.”

Counter Pacquiao surely will, not realizing he had already scored the biggest counterpunch of the lengthy rivalry by deciding to train like old and get in there as original Pacific Storm again.

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  • melbourne333

    As DINAMITA Marquez and trainer Nacho continue to whine that they won the last 3 fights,
    they simply forget the obvious. Marquez has been down and kissed the canvass four…yes BOSS RECAH ….FOUR TIMES. It is the forensic evidence, the immutable fact witnessed by millions around the world.That simply means Pacquiao punches HARDER.

    The ensuing rounds in an evenly contested fight where the judges are left to make a decision can  go either way. So the best way to prove that you win convincingly is simply to KNOCK-OUT your opponent. Decisions in close fights will always be controversial.

    Pacquiao has waylaid all Mexican boxers in his generation and the last man standing
    and complaining is MARQUEZ.

    Sa dami ng tinalo niya , I already MEMORIZED the MEXICAN NATIONAL ANTHEMN!!! 

    Marquez should instead thank Manny for getting a hefty golden RETIREMENT parachute for this fight.Because without Pacquiao he instead will be fighting Chris John of Indonesia for a rematch
    for a paltry 20T dollares. In case you forgot, John beat him in a unanimous decision in an earlier fight. And Marquez DID NOT COMPLAIN.

  • juanito_magallon

    That’s a lot of good promises! but we should have to remember, Though how much Pacquiao will think that he is 28 years old…..His body will surely tell him the real thing…..that he did grow old already…..that we will know on the 8th of December….but I promised you…I still hope that i will be wrong on that Saturday Fight night.

  • Jess


  • Paolo Hernandez

    wala nang excitement sa laban ngayon ni pacman…..di katulad dati na parang kakainin ni pacman ang kanyang kalaban sa suntok….ngayon…pera pera nalng…..puro salita na lang na patutubanhin o bigyan ng magandang laban pero sa huli wala pa ring nangyari , either talo or di kombensido ang nanunuod na panalo si pacman…dati palagi kami nanunuod ng PPV…ngayon di na kasi wala na ang excitement sa laban ni pacquiao…its time to retire.

  • boyod

    . . . once you reach the peak the tendency is to go (slow) down, that was what happened with othe great fighters like ali, sugar ray , camacho, dela hoya etc, etc. roach should admit the fact

  • melbourne333

    This maybe the last fight for Pacquiao if Mayweather still
    continues to ran around like a dog chasin his tails so lets
    give Manny the almighty support that he needs. Dont waiver.

    Forty long years ago in the 60’s we were feasting on our 
    boxing hero Gabriel”Flash” Elorde. He stood proud and held
    the junior lightweight crown for ten years. 

    In the 1930’s we have the diminutive Pancho Villa become a
    world flyweight champion.

    In-between we have footnotes of short-lived boxing champions..
    Salavarria,Barrientos,Adigue,Villacampo etc.

    This is the ONLY time that finally the entire world has
    recognized the FILIPINO BOXER. And that is largely because
    of Manny Pacquiao.

    It takes a generation to produce a talented boxer so we should
    consider ourselves lucky to be a witness of this spectacle. AMEN.

  • melbourne333


    The fourth fight begins to lose luster and appeal but the show
    goes on. As Uncle Bob weaves his magical story and spellbinding
    potion, Manny promises to be aggressive and Marquez to KO
    his opponent. Its a different script to an old story. 

    The young Pacquiao was the epitome of a gladiator-in- combat.
    Aggression and non-stop action was his trademark. Furious 
    body shots and a straight left, his pandesal and dairy creme.
    The same devil-may-care style that carried him through epic
    victories from Lehbwada to Barrera1.

    Along the way, Coach Freddie made some adjustments to make Manny
    a one-dimensional fighter to a complete fighting machine.

    The right straight/cross on Morales3, short left hook on the reckless
    Hatton,a thousand left jabs to dela hoya, left upper to Diaz and so forth.
    Roach was the master and Manny always a humble student and a fast-learner.
    For each new opponent a strategem.

    It should be interesting if Manny reverts to his old style and marquez does the unthinkable,
    that is engage in a toe-to-toe combat. That is the marketing pitch.

    Meanwhile everybody sallivate at the scenario but.
    we still have to buy the tickets and pay-per-view slot.

    Boxing is business tonto. Its not a fairy tale. Its a hold-up.

  • melbourne333


    The fourth gets boring and so both fighters promise a different
    script to the same old story. As Uncle Bob starts to pitch his 
    marketing potion , Manny promises to be more aggressive and
    Marquez vows to KO his opponent.

    When Manny was younger, that is when he was still in his 20’s
    aggression and non-stop action was always his trademark. Furious 
    body shots until he lands his bread and butter, the left straight.
    This style has carried him through hard-earned victories from Ledwada to
    Barrera1 and that opened the door for him to be a Pay Per View Boxer.
    Freddie introduced refinements to the arsenal with each new opponent
    From one-dimensional fighter to a complete fighting machine.

    The right straight and cross to topple Morales3. short left cross to waylay
    the reckless Hatton, left uppercut to Diaz, a thousand left jabs to dela hoya
    and so forth.

    It should be interesting if Manny closes the gap and reverts to his old
    devil-may-care style mano-a-mano ala the Great Roberto Duran. And if Marquez
    decides to be a Mexican Warrior and engages toe-to-toe in wild abandon.
    The fight that will end all fights.

  • philcruz

    Ho humm… heard that before.

    • JACK

      Ho hummnnn…heard that before, too.

  • captainramius

    Nothing new….same vow same promises done in his last 2 fights with this guy.  The problem with champions who relied on speed , when they grew older this by natural gift is gone except maybe for a brief moments or rounds.  Pacman is not the same fighter when he was 25 years old where he can overwhelmed his opponents non stop .  His last 3 or 4 fights showed an aging slowing boxer .   So the best thing is if the tickets are sold out as the promoters claim… is just prove all his critics wrong in the ring.   Hearing the same promises is beginning to be boring to me already.

    History will prove that all those “speed” champions from Sugar Ray Leonard to Ali, father time ultimately slowed them down to retirement.

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