MANILA, Philippines – Mexican boxing champion Juan Manuel Marquez is already hard at work as he prepares for his December 8 match against rival Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao of the Philippines.
According to a Boxing Scene report, Marquez was “impressive” when he ran for eight miles at the foot of the Nevado de Toluca in Mexico.
“Marquez also showed his strength by repeatedly chopping wood and pounding a tire with a sledgehammer,” Boxing Scene reported.
The 38-year-old Marquez will fight Pacquiao at the welterweight division (147-pounds) for their fourth encounter, and he has said that he plans on working both on his strength and speed in the hopes of producing a knockout.
“After working very hard for the first two weeks, my body is aching,” Marquez said. “But later on, you get used to the training and become a well-oiled machine.”
According to Boxing Scene, Marquez will workout 10 times near Nevado de Toluca.
The two rivals are aiming to once and for all put a decisive finish to their saga, which began in 2004 when they battled to a draw. Pacquiao won both rematches, though Marquez is convinced that he won all three fights.