Fired-up Pacquiao will enter ring vs. Marquez, the last Mexican standing
The claims of Juan Manuel Marquez that was he robbed in their first two encounters has been stoking passion in Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao as he seeks to put a definitive conclusion on his rivalry with the Mexican fighter Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Pacquiao, often referred to as the Mexecutioner after demolishing many Mexican gladiators, has trained with extra passion for the climax of his trilogy with Marquez.
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The claims of Juan Manuel Marquez that was he robbed in their first two encounters has been stoking passion in Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao as he seeks to put a definitive conclusion on his rivalry with the Mexican fighter Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Pacquiao, often referred to as the “Mexecutioner” after demolishing many Mexican gladiators, has trained with extra passion for the climax of his trilogy with Marquez.
It will mark the second three-fight series for Pacquiao, who has figured in 15 battles against Mexicans, winning 13. In those 15 bouts, he lost only once to Erik Morales and settled for a draw with Marquez.
Though he has little to prove after capturing world titles in a record eight weight classes, Pacquiao is set to close this chapter of his sterling boxing career with Marquez, who was floored thrice in the first round first encounter as featherweights in 2004, but escaped with a controversial decision.
In their rematch in 2008, this time as welterweights, Pacquiao scored a knockdown in the third round and won via a split decision.
Marquez, 38, regarded as a tactical, clinical counterpuncher, has gotten the ire of Pacquiao and his camp, in particular, Freddie Roach, after the Mexican fighter brandished a T-shirt with words –“ MARQUEZ BEAT PACQUIAO TWICE” in a press conference after halting Michael Katsidis last year.
Roach has indicated Marquez will pay for his ranting, which according to the five-time Trainer of the Year winner is disrespectful.
After changes by both fighters, analysts have noted that a knockout will not only erase all doubts of the previous to encounters but will prove which fighter is superior.
Pacquiao, 32, has not lost in his last 14 fights. He is currently 53-3-2, with 38 KOs.
Pacquiao has gone 7-0 since last meeting Marquez.
On the other hand, Marquez, the only fighter who came close to defeating Pacquiao since the Filipino boxing icon lost to Morales in 2008, has posted a 5-1 record since losing to Pacquiao in their second bout. That blemish was courtesy of Floyd Mayweather.
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