MANILA, Philippines – At a 144-pound catchweight, Juan Manuel Marquez will be at a disadvantage against Manny Pacquiao, a world-class boxing and mixed martial arts (MMA) trainer said.
"I just don't think Marquez holds that weight really well," boxing coach Ron Frazier told Fighthype.com.
Frazier, who trained the likes of UFC superstar Randy Couture and MMA heavyweight Gabriel Gonzaga, thinks the added weight will slow down Marquez.
The weight factor, he said, will be important when Marquez fights the lighting-quick Filipino champion on November 12.
"I think that he could probably make 130 [lbs] from what I've seen when he's come by our gym a couple of times. He's not a big guy at all," he said.
Marquez, the reigning World Boxing Association (WBA) and World Boxing Organization (WBO) lightweight champion, currently fights at 135 lbs.
He agreed to face Pacquiao for the third time at the 144-lb. catchweight.
Pacquiao, the WBO welterweight title holder, fights at 147 lbs.
Frazier thinks the Filipino champion won't have problems making the catchweight.
"Manny is a freak of nature athlete who has carried that weight very well for himself," he said.
The last time Marquez fought at 144 lbs. was when he suffered a lopsided decision to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in September 2009.