MANILA, Philippines – A refined Manny Pacquiao could become an easier target for a counter-punching boxer like Juan Manuel Marquez, the latter's boxing trainer said.
Nacho Beristain, who spent years molding Marquez into a technical boxer, said the unpolished version of Pacquiao created problems for Marquez during their first 2 fights.
"Pacquiao jumps in and out like a wild cat," Beristain told Examiner.com. "His speed and agility is amazing."
Marquez battled Pacquiao to a controversial draw in 2004. In 2008, Pacquiao edged Marquez via a split decision.
Since his last fight against Marquez, Pacquiao further honed his craft with the help of boxing trainer Freddie Roach.
However, Pacquiao's improvements might actually turn into a disadvantage when fighting someone like Marquez, said Beristain.
"With Pacquiao being a more refined fighter, and jumping in and out less - Marquez will be able to handle the Filipino's offense even better," he said.
Beristain said Marquez can foil Pacquiao with speed and counter-punching.
"Marquez's own speed and boxing intelligence allows him to control Pacquiao inside punching range," he said.
Beristain also claimed that Marquez won the first 2 fights against Pacquiao if not for politics.
"I feel my fighter beat Pacquiao, but the politics of boxing took over."