MANILA, Philippines – World Boxing Organization (WBO) flyweight champion Brian “The Hawaiian Punch” Viloria believes Filipino ring icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao needs to show his old, aggressive form in his fourth fight against his great rival Juan Manuel Marquez.
Viloria is training alongside Pacquiao at the Wild Card Gym, with “The Hawaiian Punch” taking on Hernan “Tyson” Marquez in a title unification bout this Saturday.
In an interview with RingTV, Viloria said in order to beat Marquez decisively, Pacquiao needs to go back to his old way of fighting.
“He just has to bring back that old Manny Pacquiao – that old in-and-out, just that aggressive fighter,” he told Ryan Songalia.
“I think the last couple of fights, he has been fighting a little too passive and letting Marquez dictate the pace a little too much,” Viloria observed. “I think the way he’s settled down on his punches, he gives Marquez a little bit more of an anticipation in his step.”
In their first fight in 2004, Pacquiao knocked down Marquez three times in the opening round but the Mexican rallied to force a draw. In their 2008 rematch, Pacquiao registered one knockdown on his way to a disputed split decision victory.
There were no knockdowns in the trilogy bout last November 2011, which Pacquiao won via an even more controversial majority decision.
Viloria thinks Pacquiao will have to go back to the way he fought Marquez in their first fight.
“I think the way that Pacquiao first fought him, the way Manny would step in side-to-side and was all over the place, it confused Marquez a little bit,” he said.
“I think if Manny comes out and is a little more aggressive in this fight and tries to move side-to-side, he’ll be able to win like he did in his last three fights,” Viloria added.
Pacquiao and his trainer, Freddie Roach, have acknowledged that they will have to change their game plan in order to decisively defeat Marquez.
“Throw everything out the window and just fight,” Roach was quoted as saying.
But Viloria warned that Marquez will still be a tough challenge for Pacquiao.
“Marquez is always tough. He’s always going to make it a close and exciting fight to watch,” he said.
Pacquiao and Marquez will fight for the fourth time on December 8 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.