Juan Manuel Marquez said he saw probably the best version of Manny Pacquiao when the Filipino superstar engaged Timothy Bradley in a tactical match last month.
Marquez, who has already figured in four thrilling bouts with Pacquiao, said his rival used his attributes to the hilt in beating Bradley.
"I saw the best Manny Pacquiao [in the rematch with Bradley.] Right now, Pacquiao is using his speed and his movement in the ring. I saw the best Manny Pacquiao because he landed a lot of punches with his speed," said Marquez in an interview with RingTV’s Lem Satterfield.
“I liked the way that Manny Pacquiao fought,” added the Mexican that punctuated his fourth bout with Pacquiao via a devastating sixth-round knockout win.
Marquez said Pacquiao’s win over Bradley showed that the Filipino has already shrugged off his knockout loss.
The 40-year-old Mexican is set to meet Mike Alvarado this weekend in a fight that is considered an eliminator for a world title shot against Pacquiao.
Marquez said he can’t afford to look past the 33-year-old Alvarado, who can brawl as well as box.
"It's not that difficult for me. Maybe in the future, I will have the most important fight of my career. Right now, I'm thinking about Alvarado because Alvarado is a tough fighter," said Marquez.
Marquez initially declined to face Pacquiao for the fifth time. But since he wants to win a fifth world title, he has become amenable with the possibility of meeting the Filipino again.
"I know that Manny Pacquiao is there if I win this fight," said Marquez. "I don't want to look past this fight right now. Let's find out what happens on Saturday and then go from there."