BEVERLY HILLS, California – After weeks of deliberation and the initial announcement on Friday, Filipino ring icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez faced the media to talk about their pay-per-view match on December 8.
Both boxers agreed that this fourth encounter is necessary to determine once and for all who the better fighter is.
“I want to erase the doubt of the fans in boxing,” Pacquiao said. “There are so many people asking if I really won the fight, and I say, ‘Yes, I won the fight, no doubt.’ But Marquez is claiming he won the fight and so I think something is wrong.”
For over a month, Pacquiao was choosing between a fourth match with Marquez or a rematch against Timothy Bradley Jr., who beat Pacquiao via a controversial split decision last June.
He picked Marquez not only hoping to finally win in decisive fashion, but also to entertain boxing fans.
“Si Marquez, nakapag-bigay ng magandang laban at naka-bigay kami ng magandang laban sa lahat ng mga fans,” Pacquiao said.
“Ano ba ang kailang ko i-prove kung si Bradley ang kalaban ko? Walang kailangan i-prove 'pag si Bradley ang kalaban ko. I don’t think interested ang mga tao,” he added.
Marquez said he was surprised that he was picked as Pacquiao’s opponent instead of Bradley, but is excited to get another shot at his rival.
“I want to thank Team Pacquiao for giving me this opportunity, but right now I’m training very hard because I think I won the last three fights,” he said.
With two of the matches ending in close decision victories for Pacquiao and one ending in a draw, both said they will change their game plans for their fourth encounter.
Pacquiao will not train in Baguio for this fight, with his whole training camp taking place in Los Angeles.
“Why suffer the altitude training and then need to make the adjustment to America? You’re making too many adjustments into the fight,” said Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach.
During the press conference, Pacquiao also admitted that he is working with 50 Cent, after the rapper split with Pacquiao’s rival Floyd Mayweather Jr. on a business project.
But Pacquiao did not give any extra details on the project or on the possibility of a mega-fight against the undefeated Mayweather.