MANILA, Philippines – Filipino boxing icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao will have to knockout Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez if they are indeed to fight for a fourth time, according to the Filipino’s coach.
Hall-of-Fame trainer Freddie Roach told ESPN Deportes that Pacquiao looks headed towards a fourth encounter with his greatest rival.
“He offered to face Marquez after (Miguel) Cotto rejected $7.5 million,” Roach said.
The five-time Trainer of the Year said that after three matches that all ended in controversy, Pacquiao will have to win more definitively this time.
“On three occasions, we had a strategy to win and now I have to find something new because we need to win by knockout this time,” Roach said.
Roach has said that Pacquiao will spend his entire training camp in Los Angeles, instead of holding the first part in Baguio City as he usually does.
“The fight is so important that the Pacquiao camp has chosen this time to train in Los Angeles and not go to the Philippines,” he said.
Pacquiao’s promoter, Bob Arum of Top Rank, has not confirmed if the Filipino fighter will indeed face Marquez.
Arum has said that he is finalizing the details of Pacquiao’s next fight, though he did not reveal who the opponent will be.
Arum has only said that Pacquiao will definitely fight on December 8 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.