Pacquiao wants toe-to-toe duel


BEER promo girls flank Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez during Wednesday’s final news conference for the fight at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Roy Luarca

LAS VEGAS—“Come out and fight.”

Manny Pacquiao issued this challenge to Juan Manuel Marquez in their fourth meeting this Saturday (Sunday morning in Manila) during a final press conference Wednesday.

“If you’re claiming that you’re the real winner (in the last three Pacquiao-Marquez fights), then you have to be aggressive, fight toe-to-toe and stop backing off.”

Pacquiao said Pacquiao-Marquez IV may just turn out to be a replay of the second and third fights—with Pacquiao attacking and Marquez counterpunching—if the Mexican refuses to mix it up.

But if Marquez refuses to engage, Pacquiao said he’s prepared to force the action.

“I’ll pressure him and force him to fight,” said Pacquiao. “I want to give him a chance. Maybe he can prove something. If he doesn’t, that would contradict what he’s saying.”

Pacquiao said he’s confident that he’ll have an answer to whatever Marquez will bring to the ring.

“I’ve watched our past fights and I saw some strategies that I can use,” he said. “Some different techniques, style and movement.

“If he wants to fight, yes. Even if we fight every month, no problem.”

Knowing that he needs a knockout or a decisive win to regain his lofty status as the world’s best pound-for-pound fighter, Pacquiao reiterated that he will go for the knockout if the opportunity arises.

The world’s only eight-division champion said he will avoid a repeat of his shock loss to Timothy Bradley last June. Boxing pundits and an independent panel of judges later reviewed the fight and ruled that Pacquiao had won.

Unlike Marquez, however, Pacquiao has accepted the judges’ decision, although he still believes that his unlikely defeat gave boxing a blackeye.

Pacquiao said that this time, he wants to clear any doubts as to who between him and Marquez is the better fighter.

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  • Spencer

    When Marquez fought Chicken Floyd Gayweather, he was the aggressor and not the counter-puncher. No wonder why he lost the fight. That means he doesn’t know the art of offense. Now  that he will fight Manny for the fourth time, expect that he will once again a counter-puncher. Marquez will never fight toe-to-toe because he is afraid to kiss or sleep in the canvass again. Wait and see guys.

  • darsmith

    When JMMA lost to Floyd, he realized that he will have to do something drastic if he will be fighting Pacquiao at the welterweight division.  JMMA’s physique in his bout with Floyd clearly revealed that he is a natural lightweight, having no defined body muscles during the fight.  JMMA hired Angel Hernandez, a known PED peddler, having admitted to the authorities he gave illegal substance to Olympic champion Marion Jones which led to the filing of case against the latter.  JMMA is now suprisingly muscular and can do squats of unbelieveably heavy loads. Hernandez once said that he knows how to avoid detection of PEDs during blood/ urine test (even Lance Armstrong was said to have used PED without trace in the tests), and that maybe the reason why Marquez is willing to have the tests before the fight..  His disenchantment over how Pacquiao beat him, and eventually snatched the riches and fame which JMMA thinks rightfully belong to him may have led in his using “chemical” warfare in his fight with Pacquiao.

  • lee1222

    Go Pacman! Don’t knock him out, just knock off his teeth and lips para mabawasan ang pag-aatungal niya. LOL

    • 12JEM

       Para di na makahigop ng Kape iyang si JMM after the bout.

  • PH2011

    you’re claiming that you’re the real winner (in the last three Pacquiao-Marquez
    fights), then you have to be aggressive, fight toe-to-toe and stop backing

    ”The finest word and challenge I read/heard from

    Psycho..psycho..psycho. Exploit your
    advantage…Marquez will never win in a toe-4-toe fight. Everybody is aware, that
    was proven not once, but thrice.  

    Toe-4-toe? Look what happened to
    Ricky Hatton and the rest of Pac opponent.

    Careful with Marquez dirty foot tricks . Good Luck…

  • tilamsik

    two things are clear: 1. pacquiao is a spent shell… 2. its money (stupid! lol)

  • rain19

    marunong na pala magtagalog mga mexicano…

  • philcruz

    Pacquiao should stop making excuses as to why he can’t decisively win over Marquez. Marquez has never run away from him. He just waits for Pacquiao to punch, then he counterpunches. Pacquiao should just knock him out as he and Roach have promised. Tapos.

  • Mario

    Watch this guy Pacquiao , my crystal ball says he’ll establish political dynasty and become a warlord in Sarangani province.

    • Spencer

       You’re really a scrooge Mario.

      • Mario

        Yes , I am and Merry Christmas !!!

  • darwin1125

    Kulang ang 12 rounds sa kanila, dapat siguro gawing 15 to 20 rounds para magkaalaman na!

  • joerizal

    Lagi namang lumalaban si Marquez ah. Baka ikaw Manny ang dapat lumaban? Laos ka na kasi.

    • Cliff Mac

      yehey talo si Pacquiao

    • 12JEM

       Manny will bust JMM’s kissers. Di na siya makakahigop ng kape after the bout.

      • joerizal

        Magco-concert si Manny na nakaupo sa wheelchair.

    • Manuel De Guzman Victoria Jr.

      nakakatawa mga ilang pinoy, kapwa pinoy di kaya suportahan… hahaha… di ko alam kung inggit kay PACMAN oh ano. well ganyan talaga Crab mentality.  

      • joerizal

        Ano’ng suporta ang sinasabi mo? Hindi naman siya nagre-represent ng Pilipinas, sarili lang niya ang pinaglalaban niya. Walang pinoy pinoy dito basta sa labanan. Siguradong talo si Manoy ngayon. Kainin mo yung CRAB mo.

    • levis2012


      • joerizal

        Masarap yan kaso mahal. Isaksak mo na lang sa wetpaks mo. Pupulitin sa kangkungan ang idol mo.

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