Pacquiao rules out 5th fight with Marquez
MANILA, Philippines – Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao again made it clear that his fabled rivalry with Mexico’s “Dinamita” Juan Manuel Marquez will end on December 8.
Pacquiao said that it has to end on their fourth fight where both boxers will be gunning for a clear-cut win, something that has eluded them in their first three encounters.
“[I believe I can knock him out]… I do, and I said so during the media tour, something I have never done before,” the Filipino boxer told World Boxing News.
When asked if he’ll fight Marquez again in case of another controversial ending on December 8, Pacquiao replied: “[There will be] no fifth fight.”
The Filipino boxer is currently training at Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles, where they are hatching new strategies to offset Marquez’s counterpunching ways.
Pacquiao admitted having problems with Marquez’s fighting style, especially in their last two fights.
“Freddie and I know we cannot approach this fight the same way we have the last two times,” he said. “Not only will we have a different game plan but this time I will stick to it. Already I feel confident about the direction we are headed for this one.”
Pacquiao said that part of their strategy is the need to bring the fight to Marquez.
“He's going to fight me the same way he always has. I will be the aggressor in this fight. It's critical.”