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Pacquiao Begins Training Camp, Prepares For War With Marquez

By Chris Cella

Former multi-divisional world champion Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KO) has begun training camp in preparation for his fourth battle against Mexican boxing legend and former world champion Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez (54-6, 39 KO)

Coming off one of the most controversial results in boxing history–in which he lost his WBO welterweight title to Timothy Bradley via split decision–it was reported that Pac Man looked focused in his first day at camp, and that trainer Freddie Roach was pleased with the performance of his fighter.

On December 8 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, the fighters will embark in what will be the fourth installment of their epic series, with Pacquiao having emerged victoriously, if not controversy free, in the first three outings.

The Pac Man has nothing left to prove in the world of boxing. He is the first eight-division world champion, having won ten world titles, and is the first boxer to win the lineal championship in four different weight classes. Regardless of what happens against Marquez, or in succeeding fights, Pacquiao will go down as one of the best southpaws and pound-for-pound best fighters to ever lace the gloves up.

Many can, have and continue to argue that Marquez was robbed in at least two if not all of the bouts, two of which ended in a split decision.

But when these two former world champions and future Hall of Famers touch gloves to commence their war on December 8, the boxing world won’t be talking about the controversy surrounding their trilogy or the terrible judging that resulted in Timothy Bradley being crowned WBO welterweight champion.

They will be honed in on watching two of the sport’s best doing what they do best. This time when the bell rings, Pac Man and Marquez won’t be competing for a world title. At this point in their careers, neither fighter has anything to lose; it will be about showing the world who the better fighter is, and who wants it more.

For Marquez, it will be about proving that he did in fact get robbed, and that he outfought Pacquiao in the previous fights; for Pac Man, it will be about reestablishing himself as the top welterweight.

These two warriors will undoubtedly put on a show for boxing fans around the world, and their fight can already be added as a potential candidate for ‘Fight of the Year”: even though it is still over five weeks away.

Come December 8, fans are going to see a Manny Pacquiao who leaves it all in the ring and holds nothing back, and this may result in the most dangerous Pacquiao that Juan Manuel Marquez has faced yet.

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. jess dams

    11/01/2012 at 8:40 pm

    In all their three fights, Marquez did not do enough to win. The judges were right except the one that did not know how to score and count. Marquez always blamed the referees and even the place. He vowed one time that he will never fight again in LV but did not have enough to influence decision making whihc are based on the wants of boxing fans. Maybe on his next fights, Marquez should be made to choose the referees>

  2. Peter

    11/02/2012 at 3:47 am

    News have it that Marquez floored his sparringmate. Pacquiao , said Arum, is rusty. We fear that we might be seeing a poor and highly depressing performance for the Pacman again. He does not have the motivation anymore. If he does not want to train more or engage better conditioning, strenght, endurance and speed exercises, he better stop fighting. He is hurting his fans. We hope its not just for the money only.

  3. EDONG

    11/02/2012 at 10:39 am

    Does Pacquiao camp have any slightest suspicion that the 40 year old Marquez is on some form of undetectable PED? Maybe they should demand that both of them be subjected to random test. If that is not possible, then Manny should probably hire vic conde to even the playing field.

  4. bert taya

    11/04/2012 at 7:16 pm

    This is the time that propaganda should be left to the politicians on their respective countri,s
    its time for battle !!!

  5. idris salami

    11/06/2012 at 3:13 am

    i giv it to maquez dis time.. Cuz i bliv he was robbd of his last 2 bout against pacq.

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