MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao said he chose to take on Juan Manuel Marquez for the fourth time to end the Mexican’s “robbery” claims.
Pacquiao said all of his three fights with Marquez had controversial endings. Thus he hopes to end all talk in their fourth clash on December 8.
“I decided to fight Marquez because I think we need a fourth fight because he's always claiming that he won, that he never lost the fights in the last three that we had,” the fighting congressman said in an interview with ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap.
Pacquiao knocked down Marquez thrice in the first round of their 2004 bout only to settle for a draw.
He was successful in their next two encounters. Pacquiao carved out a split-decision victory against Marquez in 2008 via a third-round knockdown.In 2011, he was able to secure a majority decision against the Marquez despite looking vulnerable against the Mexican’s counterpunching style.
Marquez claimed he lost the fight because of the judges.
“The fourth fight will answer all the doubts in his mind,” said Pacquiao, adding that he’ll be aiming for a knockout victory to silence his critics.
The key to a decisive victory will be his aggressiveness, said the 33-year-old Filipino.
“I will do my best to get back the aggressiveness that I had before when I was 25-26 years old. I need the aggressiveness to make the fight easy,” said Pacquiao.