In the afternoon in Manila in the Philippines, Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez played host to a press conference for their upcoming November 12th duel at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The bout marks the third contest between the two men, with them having fought to split-draw in May of 2004 and Pacquiao edging Marquez by split-decision in March of 2008.
Speaking to the thousands who gathered for today’s presser, Marquez claims to not be thinking back to the bitter feeling of suffering defeat to Pacquiao three and a half years ago.
“Nothing is in the future,” said Marquez. “Nothing in the past. November 12th will only be the present.”
A fierce rival with Pacquiao inside of the ring, Marquez shows no ill feelings towards him outside of the ropes and has also been welcomed by the masses during his recent trek to the Philippines. Marquez would also add that Pacquiao truly fights with his heart while taking a jab at former foe Floyd Mayweather, claiming he doesn’t fight, but runs.
<— Slideshow: Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez in Manila to promote trilogy bout
Mayweather defeated Marquez easily via unanimous decision two years ago after Marquez made the leap from lightweight to welterweight. Mayweather came in two pounds over the contracted 144-pound weight limit and it was obvious that Marquez wasn’t comfortable carrying the extra pounds.
The Pacquiao fight will also be contested at 144 pounds but Marquez is working on coming in stronger this time around and will be laying everything on the line, as is always the case with him.
“I don’t know what will happen [on] November 12th, but I will prepare and be ready for victory,” the three-division champion from Mexico City added.
The first two battles were both controversial and exciting, with each man claiming victory after each showdown, and Pacquiao admits that he is out to erase any questions as to who is the superior fighter.
“I want to wipe away any doubt on who has won. All questions will be answered,” stated Pacquiao.
Next stop for the tour is this Tuesday in New York City.
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