MANILA, Philippines – Top Rank chief executive Bob Arum believes the world will see a different Juan Manuel Marquez when the Mexican superstar fights Filipino rival Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao for the fourth time on December 8 in Las Vegas.
Speaking with The Boxing Channel, Arum said he expects Marquez to have a different plan of attack against Pacquiao.
“I think what will happen in this fight is that Marquez won’t fight the usual Marquez fight. He won’t rely on his counter-punching ability,” Arum said.
“He’s gonna take the fight to Manny, but if you take the fight to Manny, that’s an advantage to Manny,” he added.
But Arum noted that Marquez has been looking more bulked up and that the Mexican boxer believes he will be at his strongest come fight time.
“Marquez believes that with his newfound strength, if he takes the fight to Manny, he will prevail. So that’s the interesting point,” Arum said.
“Manny is gonna get everything he wants – a fighter that comes right at him. We’ll see what happens,” he said.
While Arum is not questioning how Marquez was able to bulk up, he does wonder how the Mexican’s new physique will affect his speed.
“Anybody can beef up with the right exercise. The question is, can you maintain your speed if you beef up like that? If the answer is that he can’t, then he’s in trouble. But if the answer is yes, that he can, then maybe Pacquiao is in trouble,” Arum said.
Both Pacquiao and Marquez have promised to be more aggressive in the fourth fight as they aim to finally put a decisive end to their saga.
Their most recent bout, last November 2011, was the most controversial, with Pacquiao ekeing out a majority decision even as many believed Marquez had done enough to win.
“I thought that fight could have gone either way,” Arum said. “Marquez fought a real good fight, but inexplicably, in the last two rounds he took his foot off the pedal and let Pacquiao squeeze out a decision.”