reports we are getting from the closed circuit exhibitors and the foreign
broadcasters are very enthusiastic so we’re anticipating a tremendous event on
December 8th. It will be a fight that will go into the annals of
boxing history because these gentlemen that fought three previous times and over
the course of the timeline, this fourth fight will be the best fight of
have a tough fight ahead of us. We know that Marquéz in a great counter-puncher.
We are working on things to defeat that counter-puncher style. Manny is looking
great in training. I like what I see. He is where I want him to be right now.
His focus is where it has not been for some time. He is very focused for this
fight and I think it’s going to be the best fight yet.
PACQUIAO: Training camp has been going great. I have really been training hard for this
you plan on going for the knockout in this fight?
PACQUIAO: Right now my mind is focused on being more aggressive for this fight. If there
is a chance in the ring during the fight, why not make the fight easy (knock him
out) if I have the opportunity?
ROACH: The thing is Marquéz fought the fight at a slow pace the last time. We plan to
fight the fight at a much faster pace this time like we did in the first fight
in the early rounds – that’s where we had the most success. Going by all the
tapes we have watched, we do our best when we are more aggressive. More hand
speed. We are going to use a lot of that.
do you think if the referee just would have stopped that first fight after the
three first-round knockdowns?
ROACH: The thing is, the referee was very experienced and he made a good call. Now we
are in the fourth fight, and Nacho Béristain is my big rival and we need a big
you have any kind of relationship with Márquez outside of the
PACQUIAO: No, we are just doing our job in the ring. We have a job to do, to do our best
and make the people happy. I never hate my opponent outside of the ring. It is
just my job to fight and there is nothing personal. I guess we are kind of
friends because I look at all of my opponents as a friend.
the two of you sing a duet in México?
PACQUIAO: Yes, we did sing a song together at TV Azteca for a live show in México City. I
remember that I was more on key than he was.
you worried about Márquez being stronger?
PACQUIAO: Our strategy for this fight is to be more aggressive. Develop strength more and
focus on speed. I am not worried about his strength.
ROACH: I don’t think it is a factor. I don’t think muscle-men have a better chin. If
anything, I think if you put a lot of muscle he will be a little slower than he
used to be and we are going to take advantage of that.
you feel extra pressure considering [recent losses during] the last couple
ROACH: No, I just do the job the best I can to get Manny ready for this fight. I
thought Manny won the last fight [against Timothy Bradley] 11 rounds to 1 so I
don’t really consider that a loss. So it’s just business as usual.
you can’t get Floyd Mayweather into the ring next year will you continue to
I will continue to fight through next year.
is your motivation to fight Márquez?
PACQUIAO: I am giving him a chance. I am giving him a chance to prove he can win the fight
because he thought he has won all three and he keeps talking about it. So it is
very important to me, to win this fight, especially since Márquez really wanted
is the difference in the two of you between the first fight and
PACQUIAO: We are much more experienced now. But it is not harder because we know each
other so well in the ring.
you be able to be as aggressive now as you were a few years
PACQUIAO: Right now I am training with more aggression and more intensity in the ring and
that is our focus right now.
do you plan to be more aggressive?
PACQUIAO: Yes, that’s why I train hard for this fight. More action, more condition in the
ring, which I have been doing in all of training camp. I always train hard, but
this time is a little harder. Harder and more punches, and some changes. We have
been throwing more combinations, and changing our strategy – in movement. So it
will be a little different than the last one.
you see a future fight against Cotto? Who will win Cotto vs.
PACQUIAO: Yes, there is a chance. I think Cotto will win the fight. Not sure if by
decision or knockout. Better chance for knockout but not
are the best attributes of Márquez?
is a good counter-puncher. He is very patient and sits back and waits for
action. If I waited for him to throw the punches first, the fight would be
boring. That’s why I have always
been the one to make the fight between us.
have these fights been so close?
ARUM: They are close because they are close. There was controversy after the last
fight and they are matched very well together. Both of them will be looking for
different strategies this time so that the winner will be more conclusive.
That’s what they are saying – each of them will be more aggressive and each of
them will be taking the fight to the other. That may be a disadvantage for Juan
Manuel whose biggest advantage is counter-punching but he’s going to be a lot
more aggressive as well.
you envision a fifth fight?
don’t know. It’s hard to imagine a fourth one.
ARUM: There is a possibility. Not likely but a possibility. Robinson and LaMotta
fought 6 times.
there any strategy you want to change from the last three
will try not to fight as slow at the end of this fight as I did in the last
three fights. That is my focus now. I want to finish stronger in this
you feel added pressure to be better than the last couple of
don’t feel any extra pressure for this fight. I chose to fight
Manuel is nervous about the judges…
don’t have any say in the judges. I don’t pick the judges. I am an athlete and
train hard to fight well in the ring. Selecting the referee and the judges is
the job of the commission.
am certain that we will see a fight that is different from the other
want to say thank you to all the fans and hope that you watch the fight on
December 8 between Juan Manuel Márquez and me and it’s going to be a good fight
in the ring.
editions of HBO’s all-access reality series 24/7 PACQUIAO/MÁRQUEZ 4 debut
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