MANILA, Philippines – Filipino boxing icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao will strategize with trainer Freddie Roach as they prepare for the boxer’s December 8 clash against his greatest rival, Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico.
Pacquiao arrived in Los Angeles last Saturday and began training at the famed Wild Card Gym Monday (Tuesday in Manila).
In an interview with PhilBoxing’s Eddie Alinea, Pacquiao revealed that he plans to sit down with Roach and work on their strategy for Marquez.
“Freddie and I will be studying carefully the tapes of our previous fights as well as other fights of Marquez to determine what kind of strategy we will be using to win convincingly, if possible via knockout,” Pacquiao said.
Pacquiao stressed that for the fourth fight, he has to win in convincing fashion in order to erase the doubts created by the first three encounters, which all ended in controversy.
“As both of us, Freddie and I, have promised, we have to win by KO. O kung hindi man mapatulog, kailangan bugbog-sarado ang kalaban para mahinto na ang mga sali-salita na hindi kumbinsido ang panalo ko or I robbed him of victories,” Pacquiao told Alinea.
Buboy Fernandez, Pacquiao’s longtime friend and one of Roach’s assistants, said that they have begun strategizing for Roach while training in the Philippines.
“’Yung strategy, nasimulan na rin naming pag-aralan while still in (General Santos City),” Fernandez said. “Nadiskubre kasi namin na si Marquez pala, nagsimula sa boxing as left-handed.”
“’Yung pagiging right-handed niya, lately lang niya na-develop. That’s probably the reason why Manny finds his style difficult,” he added.
“Bukod sa alam ni Marquez kung saan siya pupunta para mag-counter, malakas din talaga ang kaliwa niya.”
Pacquiao and Marquez have fought three times, with all three bouts ending in controversial fashion. After battling to a draw in 2004, Pacquiao won the 2008 and 2011 rematches via decision.