MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao is not alone in hoping that he closes the final chapter of his storied rivalry with Mexican boxer Juan Manuel Marquez.
Pacquiao’s mother, “Mommy” Dionisia, said she wants her son to shut Marquez down in one or two rounds.
“Gusto kong daliin niya in one round, two rounds… oo, i-knockout mo na (I want him to finish Marquez in one round, two rounds… yes, you knock him out),” Mommy Dionisia told her son in an interview with ABS-CBN’s Dyan Castillejo.
It will certainly be a tough assignment for the Filipino superstar, who already had three close fights against the gritty Mexican.
After scoring a draw against Marquez in 2004, Pacquiao secured controversial decisions at the Mexican’s expense in 2008 and 2011.
The fighting congressman has chosen to pick a fourth fight against Marquez to erase all doubts on his wins.
“Motivated ako (I’m motivated). I want to win convincingly,” said Pacquiao.
His fourth fight against Marquez is slated on December 8. The 12-rounder will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The “Pacman” already had two sparring sessions in General Santos City, both against fellow Filipino welterweight Anthony Marcial, who has a professional record of 18 wins, one loss and 17 knockouts.
During their first session on Monday, the 5-foot-9 Marcial was forced to surrender after three rounds.
Last Wednesday, he was pummeled again and called it quits after four rounds.
“Hindi ko masingitan ‘yung suntok, andami eh. Kahit ilagan ko ang isa andami pang kasunod (I could not sneak in a punch… If I dodge one, I get hit by several more),” Marcial said of Pacquiao’s swarming style.
Pacquiao is scheduled to fly to Los Angeles for the remainder of his camp at the Wild Card Gym, where he will reunite with his trainer Freddie Roach. -- With a report from Dyan Castillejo, ABS-CBN News