WBA, WBO and The Ring lightweight titlist “Dinamita” Juan Manuel Marquez has started training in the Philippines for his third bout against WBC and WBO super welterweight world champion Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao November 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Marquez (53-5-1, 38 KOs) brutally defeated Likar Ramos with a right hook that knocked the Colombian unconscious in the first round July 16 to secure his match with Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 KOs).
“Dinamita,” a Mexican-born boxer who captured eight world crowns in three different weight classes, was spotted by locals running in a downtown Manila park last Thursday.
Pacquiao the first pugilist to win 10 world crowns in eight different weight classes, last fought May 7 when he utterly outclassed a spent “Sugar” Shane Mosley to earn a lopsided unanimous decision victory and win his 14th consecutive bout.
The two prior prizefights pitting Pacquiao against Marquez were suspenseful and scintillating affairs.
Marquez battled Pacquiao to a draw to retain his WBA and IBF featherweight titles in May 2004.
Nearly four years later in March 2008, Pacquiao narrowly escaped Marquez and managed to swipe the WBC super featherweight crown from “Dinamita” with a controversial split decision triumph.
“Two of the most exciting fights I’ve ever seen,” said Brad Sherwood, 31, a resident of South Boston who works as a personal trainer at Gold’s Gym in Medford, Mass. “They really brawled for 24 rounds.”
Marquez, rated by Ring Magazine as the No. 5 pound-for-pound pugilist in the world, is obviously still a worthy adversary despite turning 38 in August.
Before destroying Ramos, “Dinamita” preserved his belts with an emphatic ninth-round TKO conquest over Michael Katsidis.
“Marquez is a great fighter,” said Roger “Pit” Perron, 73, a respected boxing trainer from Brockton (Mass.) who now works with Mike and Rich Cappiello at their gym, Cappiello Brothers Boxing and Training. “Unfortunately for him, Manny’s much better now than he was and he won’t last this time around.”
Despite brazenly invading the “Fighting Pride of the Philippines’” native country to prepare for their upcoming prizefight, Juan Manuel Marquez will be badly battered by Manny Pacquiao when they meet in “Sin City” later this fall.
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