MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao said he needs to force Juan Manuel Marquez to go toe-to-toe to get that decisive win has been craving for.
Pacquiao told Philboxing’s Eddie Alinea that the reason Marquez was able to elude a knockout was because of his superb counterpunching.
The fighting congressman said they will need to draw Marquez into a slugfest to negate the Mexican’s counterpunching strategy.
“Never mind his counterpunching tactics, which he proved very effective in our previous fights. Mapapag-aralan na natin yun,” Pacquiao said. “Ang mahirap kasi how can we lure him into coming out and slug it out.”
To do that, the Filipino will need to bring the fight to Marquez just like the way he did during their first encounter in 2004. In that fight, Pacquiao knocked down Marquez three times in the first round.
“The answer, to my mind, is to be aggressive right at the opening bell. Not give him room to do what he best does, which is run … run … and run then counterpunch,” Pacquiao said.
“That, among others, will be what this camp is all about.”
Boxing coach, Freddie Roach, agreed with Pacquiao. The Hall of Fame trainer said the Filipino boxer will need to utilize his explosiveness and punching power against Marquez.
“The plan is to work on looking for ways to turn the fight into a slugfest so Manny can go ahead with one of his big advantages – kill him with his power,” said Roach.
“I have been telling him flat-out, Manny you’re not going to win a decision… He knows he need a knockout and we agreed on that.”
All of Pacquiao’s fights with Marquez ended in controversy. In 2004, an errant scoring by one of the fight judges resulted in a draw between the two boxers. In their next two fights in 2008 and 2011, Pacquiao won by contentious decisions.