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Pacquiao must go for secret aggression

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Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez trained in separate camps.

The grim rivals adopted different philosophies and perfected strictly contrasting styles. But they came to Las Vegas yesterday for their fourth duel as though they had been handled and honed by one and the same trainer.

Both appeared equally sharp and good, ready to rumble.

The dueling duo bragged about perfect, trouble-free camps.

They each vowed to go for a compelling knockout win.

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If there should be a difference, it could be in the separate paths they have taken trying to hit peak form.

Marquez moved onward.

Pacquiao headed backward.

But this alone cannot provide the decisive difference once they enter the ring at Las Vegas MGM Grand this weekend.

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Marquez did move ahead, unmindful of the years, and added more muscles to his bulk.

Pacquiao worked extra hard to recapture his old stormy form.

He also opted to slim down a little.

Marquez vowed to be extra aggressive.

Pacquiao warned fans to watch out for his “most complete display of boxing in a bout.”

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They’re clearly adopting the same old theme.

But something truly new could come in the plots they’ve vowed to play out.

Listen, please. It’s indeed true that, unlike Marquez, Pacquiao would be going after more than just one foe.

These foes should include Father Time and the gnawing perception he’s hit a career tail end, to name only two.

That alone is a big minus factor, going by how the Pacman has vowed total focus.

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But then, unlike Marquez, Pacquiao can only be expected to show up with more than just one main weapon.

Add to this amazing arsenal a secret Roach has bragged before they left for Las Vegas.

Like how Pacquiao has agreed to now follow his trainer’s on-fight instructions to the letter.

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Not to say the last training also ended up a reformatory camp for Pacquiao.

In fact, Pacquiao had rewarded Freddie Roach with at least four knockdowns during their last series of sparring at Wild Card.

But Marquez should be the least worried of a brand-new Pacquiao.

Why? Roach has promised nothing more than a plodding pedestrian, the original Pacific Storm that had wrecked a slew of Mexican greats.

That old feared warrior, raging fierce and wild again, could only be expected to bring a smile to Nacho Beristain’s lips.

He should be no better than the predictable counter-target who never failed to crouch blindly in groping for a solid shot.

Truth to tell, what Beristain would hate to see is a Pacquiao boxing tall, spearing shots from atop, throwing bombs from the safety of a lighthouse.

They have a name for this weapon perfected by Muhammad Ali in setting up for a kill.

Maybe this was the golden weapon secretly called inaccessible aggression.

Or has Freddie Roach heard about it?


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  • stealth ice

    recah should be asked as to who will win this fight. we’ll see if he has the insight of boxing. this guy love to play safe. just like ronnie. whoever wins in each fight these two guys are always at their side. but before the fight they are at the other side.

  • melbourne333

    The best ringside commentators for this fight i believe should be Mr Recah Trinidad and Manny Pinol. Both have keen insight and love the sport.

  • simondj

    tres dias mas,,, and we will see the answer.

  • melbourne333

    Manny Pacquiao is nearing the end of his fairy tale career. Pacquiao-Marquez 1V might
    be the penultimate fight. He is almost 34 years old. Older and richer.

    The Pacquiao we saw 12 years ago when he fought Lehwaba is a different fighter now.
    A two-week late substitute , he pummeled the champion into submission
    and won by a knockout. The ring commentators were shocked.

    As the bell sounded he hounded the champ like a fox terrier running after his prey.
    So desperate like his house was in a foreclosure. Like there is no food on the table and his family will not eat.

    For twelve long years he has captured  the hearts and minds not only of Filipinos
    but the entire world as well. Every time he fights the world grinds to a halt. He has become
    the face of boxing. 

    Counterpunchers like Marquez  who wait and dont engage donot generate the same excitement as the fighter who attacks and is willing to be get hit so he can also punch his opponent.

    Veni, Vede, Veen… these are not the famous words of Julius Caesar rather
    it means…. I came, I deposit the money and I enjoyed my life.

    Such should be the ending of the Pacquiao story. An enduring story for all ages and generations to see and unfold.



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