MANILA, Philippines – Now that Manny Pacquiao is nearing peak conditioning, he and his team will devote the next several weeks correcting the mistakes he committed in his past fights against Juan Manuel Marquez.
Pacquiao will fight “Dinamita” for the fourth time on December 8, and he can’t afford to make the same mistakes that made during their first 3 bouts.
“Two weeks here at LA will be devoted to continuing what Manny started in General Santos [where Pacquiao begun his preparations]. The next two weeks will be focused on correcting the mistakes in Manny’s failure to do what we intended to do the last three times,” boxing coach Freddie Roach told Philboxing’s Eddie Alinea.
Although Pacquiao won 2 of his 3 bouts against Marquez, the fighting congressman looked vulnerable in front of the Mexican’s counterpunching style.
Roach said that the only way for his prized fighter to claim a decisive win is to hammer out a knockout win against Marquez.
“He promised me a knockout for the first time ever and I am going to remind him of that every day,” the boxing hall-of-famer said earlier.
For his part, Pacquiao said they will also devote the following weeks into regaining his old punching power and the quickness of his feet.
He said he wants to achieve the same conditioning that he had when he fought the likes of Oscar de la Hoya and Miguel Cotto.
“Yun ang target naming mai-balik para sa laban na ito,” Pacquiao said. “Ang lakas at ang bilis ko noon, no? Kaya nating ibalik ang araw na yun at ito ang gagawin namin this coming weeks until we move to Las Vegas for the final week of preparations.”