Ring experts split on Pacquiao-Marquez IV
LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- The upcoming battle between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez is huge.
The first three were so close, boxing experts who attended the pre-fight press conference are expecting the same fireworks in the fourth bout.
They said the fourth encounter between Pacquiao and Marquez could go either way.
“I'm going to pick Pacquiao,” said LA Times Bill Dwyre.
“Right now, we could have a draw and a win by both guys,” said Carlos Motta of ESPN.
Meanwhile, Rafael Hernandez of Univision Radio expects the fight to end by decision with one of the boxers crying robbery.
“The guy who wins is gonna say he won and the guy who loses will say he got robbed. That's exactly what's gonna happen because it's gonna be a close fight," he said.
Lightweight boxer Brandon Rios, for his part, did not rule out a draw. “It could go even,” he said.
Marquez said he is the best shape of his life, adding that he has prepared himself in all aspects and can adjust his strategy when needed.
"Manny Pacquiao knows me and I know him... this fight will be another war," said Marquez.
For his part, Pacquiao dedicated the fight to his fellow Filipinos, while offering his prayers for those affected by Typhoon Pablo.
"Alay ko sa kanila ang laban na ito atsaka uuwi ako agad pagkatapos ng fight, " said the Pacman.
Adding some color to the final press conference is the appearance of Miss Philippines Janine Tugonon and Miss Mexico Karina Gonzalez who are competing in the upcoming Miss Universe pageant also in Las Vegas on December 19.
"To Miss Janine, good luck! Pray lang para manalo," said Pacquiao.
The MGM Hollywood Theatre was jampacked with media coming from all over the world, while tickets for the arena are almost sold out.
Pacquiao's coach, Freddie Roach, made a prediction on how the fight will end.
"I promise you that Manny will knockout Marquez with a right hook," he said.
Philippines versus Mexico is one of the most favorite rivalries in the boxing world. This is true for Marquez and Pacquiao, known warriors who never back down and go all out from the opening bell.