Trainer thinks Pacman wants to set things right
MANILA, Philippines – Boxing coach Naazim Richardson thinks Manny Pacquiao won’t be able to offer anything new against Juan Manuel Marquez when the two trade it out for the fourth time on December 8.
“I don't think Pacquiao can beat Marquez. I picked Marquez in all three fights, I thought he won all three fights!” Richardson told Dog House Boxing, referring to the Pacquiao-Marquez trilogy.
Richardson, who trained former Pacquiao opponent Shane Mosley, remembers seeing the first Pacquiao-Marquez fight in 2004, where Pacquiao decked Marquez thrice in the first round.
“I thought he (Marquez) won every round after that. I remember watching that fight, actually getting a piece of paper, and scoring round by round, and though he won every single round,” said Richardson.
But Richardson believes that Pacquiao has reasons for the rematch other than money.
He said that perhaps the Filipino champion wants a closure to his rivalry with Marquez and move on to other fights.
“Sometimes when you are as religious as Pacquiao, sometimes you almost feel like what goes around comes around and that might be the reason he wants to clear the Marquez slate, for certain and for sure,” said the trainer.
“Maybe he and his team want a clean ‘W’ over Marquez.”