It's hard to believe that less than a year ago the name Manny Pacquiao was virtually unknown to American fight fans. The former flyweight and super bantamweight world champion had campaigned almost exclusively in his home country of the Philippines. But last November an eleventh round stoppage of then consensus featherweight king Marco Antonio Barrera plunged Pacquiao into the public consciousness. A split draw against the highly regarded Juan Manuel Marquez last month helped to further consolidate his claims for pound-for-pound recognition. The 'Pacman' took time out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions for Doghouse Boxing.
AC: Do you feel you did enough to beat Marquez and what would you do differently in a rematch?
MP: Yes, I did enough but obviously not enough in the judges eyes. I would try to finish him off early.
AC: You claimed you injured you left hand in the fight and that you also had blisters on your feet. How much did this impact your performance?
MP: Great impact. I couldn't move as much as I wanted to and I couldn't hit as hard as I wanted to.
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AC: Why do you think Marquez is so reluctant to fight you in an immediate rematch?
MP: He felt my power. God-given power.
AC: Barrera seems keen to fight you again later this year. What are the
chances of this bout occurring and do you think the outcome would be any different?
MP: Anytime. Anywhere. Very good chance of occurring. Same outcome.
AC: If you fight and beat Erik Morales at junior lightweight, would you continue to campaign at 130 or would you move between the two divisions depending on where the big money fights are?
MP: I wouldn't go that far yet. I still have a long way to go in the featherweight division. God willing, I will be victorious.
AC: A fight between yourself and Injin Chi would be an all out war. Is there any chance of this fight happening in the near future?
MP: Me and my management team are exploring all options.
AC: At featherweight there is Barrera, Marquez, Scott Harrison and Injin Chi. At junior lightweight there is Morales, Casamayor, Corrales and Hernandez. Who would you like to fight the most and who would present you with the toughest challenge?
MP: I will concentrate on the featherweight division for now. Barrera and Marquez are the toughest fights in my immediate future.
AC: You have improved in leaps and bounds since hooking up with Freddy Roach. How much of an impact has he had on your overall fighting style?
MP: Tremendous impact. I don't think I'll be where I am now without Coach Freddy.
AC: Do you have a message for Juan Manuel Marquez?
MP: Let's do it again.
AC: In closing, is there anything you'd like to say to the fans?
MP: I thank all those who supported me and again, without them I won't be where I am today. May God bless them all and that they continue to support the sport of boxing. I would also like to thank HBO for their continued support and specially the Filipino fans all over the world, for their support and prayers. And finally, to our Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ without Him, I am nothing.
*Doghouse Boxing would like to thank Roberto Nazario and Dong Secuya for helping to make this interview possible.
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