MANILA, Philippines – Mexican boxer Juan Manuel Marquez will enter the ring at less than the welterweight limit when he faces his greatest rival, Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao of the Philippines for a fourth time on December 8 in Las Vegas.
It will be the first time that the two rivals will battle at the welterweight limit of 147-pounds. Their trilogy bout last November 2011 was fought at a 144-pound catchweight.
But Marquez told Boxing Scene that he will weigh considerably less than 147 pounds on fight night.
“Although the limit of the fight is at 147 pounds, I won’t weigh that much,” Marquez said. “I’m going to climb into the ring at 143 or 144 pounds.”
Marquez said he would “physically feel better” at that weight.
Pacquiao and Marquez have fought three times, with all three fights ending in controversy. Both boxers have promised that in their fourth fight, they will provide a more decisive finish.
“We are going to be in great condition to fight Pacquiao at a rapid pace for 12 rounds, or however long the fight lasts,” Marquez said.
“I hope to be more aggressive,because I’m going to pursue a victory by knockout, and that way I prevent the judges from rendering their own decision on the outcome,” he added.
Marquez is wary of leaving the fight at the hands of the judges for the third time, saying, “Everyone saw me win the last time and they stole it from me.”
Pacquiao and Marquez battled to a draw when they first fought in 2004, and Pacquiao won the 2008 rematch via a split decision.
Their trilogy bout last November saw Pacquiao win via majority decision, but it was another controversial result as most boxing pundits believe Marquez had done enough to merit the victory.