MANILA – Juan Manuel Marquez said that when he climbs the ring to fight Manny Pacquiao this December, he won’t leave the fight to the judges.
The Mexican boxer has been frustrated by the judges’ decisions in his first three fights against Pacquiao, so he plans to take matters into his own hands.
“This fight, I will try to knock out Manny Pacquiao,” Marquez said in RingTV after confirming that he’s scheduled for a fourth 12-rounder against the fighting congressman.
“There is no way that I can let this fight be a decision, because if I do, everyone knows what will happen. That's because the judges aren't doing their jobs, so I need to train very hard to get the knockout.”
Marquez nearly retired out of frustration over the result of their last bout in November. The counter-punching specialist made Pacquiao look vulnerable in that fight by repeatedly directing the Filipino boxer straight to his powerful right hand.
But the Filipino boxer was still able to outpoint his Mexican nemesis by coming up with a majority decision victory.
“I said, if you remember, in the past, in November, that I was retiring from boxing. But my inspiration to continue was that I could fight with Manny again… I very, very badly wanted this fight, and so this is a great thing for me that it's happening again,” said Marquez.
Marquez first fought Pacquiao to a controversial draw in 2004.
In their 2008 rematch, the Filipino boxer won via a split decision.
Marquez said his December 8 fight against Pacquiao will have a different outcome.
“This fight, I'm training very, very hard. This fight, I will try to knock out Manny Pacquiao.”