“According to my bookie Marquez has as much of a chance of beating Pacquiao as Ortiz did against Mayweather,” said Big Steve during our morning coffee at Starbucks on Glenoaks and Western Avenue:” Do you think it will be a better fight?”
Dealing with Juan Manuel Marquez in the ring is not for the faint of hearts. There is a very good reason why his boxing moniker is Dynamita or handle with extreme caution. All you have to do is ask the current pound for pound king of boxing, Manny Pacquaio who dropped Mexican warrior three times in the first round of their memorable battle in 2004 only to be out boxed down the stretch for a highly disputed draw. Manny tried to do it again in 2008; he dropped Marquez with a shot that could have ended a career of any other fighter, only to see Juan Manuel get up and take him to the limit of yet another historic bout.
Or may be you should ask Manny’s legendary coach, Freddie Roach.“They’ve had twenty four rounds between them. One round that separates them,” said Roach during a press conference in Los Angeles earlier this month:” This is a classic fight. This is the fight that I’ve wanted for a long time. This is the one that I think I have a challenge against Nacho. He is a great trainer and I have a great student in Manny Pacquiao and we are going to be at our best for this one.”
Juan Manuel’s astute trainer, Nacho Beristain echoed the same sentiment.“Someone told me earlier that the first two fights between Manny and Juan will never be forgotten because they were classic fights,” said Beristain during a press conference in Los Angeles:” And now the third one will be the best of the three and I am sure it’s going to be a classic too.”
However, some experts believe that this bout came a little too late for an aging veteran, Marquez who will face Manny Pacquiao in his prime .“This fight has come late,” agreed Mexican icon while I interviewed him in Los Angeles:” But I have earned it and I am going to do my job.”
Juan Manuel Marquez did not agree with the judges in 2008 when they awarded a split decision victory to Manny Pacquiao on a strength of a knock down he scored in the fight. Mexican champion believes that he won that bout, as well as the first one in 2004. He is eager to settle up the score.
“I want this fight. All the Mexican people want this fight,” said Marquez who turned 38 in August and just recently started to speak English:” I know this fight is a tough fight for me, but now I am training very hard. I train very hard for my speed. I train very hard for my strength. I train very hard for everything. I want to give another great fight to the people.”
After a world wide promotional tour that spanned from Philippines to United States, Juan Manuel and his long time trainer, Nacho Beristain are back in Mexico, doing what Marquez promised, training very hard.
“I want to thank Manny Pacquiao and his team for giving me this opportunity,” said Marquez who has been dreaming about November 12th showdown for the past three years:” I want to dedicate this fight for all the Mexican people, for all my family and especially I want to dedicate to my father in law, because he died two months ago and this fight is for his memory.” Juan Manuel Marquez intends to make his late father in law proud when he enters the ring for the third time against his long time rival, Manny Pacquiao.
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