MANILA, Philippines – Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao says he is giving his great rival, Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico, a chance to prove that he can defeat the “Pacman” when they fight for the fourth time on December 8 in Las Vegas.
Pacquiao and Marquez have fought three times, with all three fights ending in controversy. Their most recent bout, last November 11, was won by Pacquiao via majority decision, but many members of the boxing media believed Marquez deserved the victory.
In a conference call transcribed by PhilBoxing, Pacquiao explained that their fourth fight was meant to give Marquez another chance.
“I am giving him a chance. I am giving him a chance to prove he can win the fight, because he thought he has won all three and he keeps talking about it,” Pacquiao said.
“So it is very important to me to win this fight, especially since Marquez really wanted this fight,” he added.
Marquez has remained convinced that he won all three fights, but has never gotten the nod of the judges against Pacquiao.
In their first fight, he rose from three knockdowns in the first round and battled to a draw. He lost the two rematches, however.
Pacquiao plans to be more aggressive in the fourth fight against Marquez and hopefully put a decisive finish to their saga.
“Right now, my minds is focused on being more aggressive for this fight. If there is a chance in the ring during the fight, why not make the fight easy (knock him out) if I have the opportunity?” Pacquiao said.
A knockout will take the decision out of the hands of the judges, something that Marquez is admittedly wary about.
“I don’t have any say in the judges,” Pacquiao said. “I don’t pick the judges. I am an athlete and train hard to fight well in the ring. Selecting the referee and the judges is the job of the commission.”