Pacquiao: Marquez is my greatest rival

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 04 2011 02:57 PM | Updated as of Oct 05 2011 12:22 AM

MANILA, Philippines - For Filipino boxing icon Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao, his greatest rival is the man he is set to fight for the 3rd time on November 12: Juan Manuel Marquez.

Pacquiao and Marquez appeared in HBO's Face Off with Max Kellerman, and the host asked the Filipino champion if he ever had a rival like Marquez.

"No, not even (Erik) Morales," Pacquiao answered.

Morales and Pacquiao also fought 3 times, with Morales defeating Pacquiao the first time and Pacquiao winning the next two matches, both by way of knockout.

Pacquiao and Marquez' first two meetings ended in controversy, however.

Their first match in 2004 was a draw, even though Pacquiao knocked Marquez down three times in the first round.

"When I got him with the 2nd knockdown, and he got up, I know he's gonna be tough for me," Pacquiao told Kellerman.

Their 2008 rematch was a split decision victory for Pacquiao.

Marquez has said many times that he believes he won both fights.

"That's why we have a third fight," Pacquiao said.

"Marquez is not satisfied about the decision of the last two fights, and that's his right to complain. But this is the third fight, and I agreed to this fight because I want to finish all the doubt in his mind, and in the fans' mind about who really won," Pacquiao added.

But Marquez is similarly confident that he can win decisively on November 12.

"People will see another war, people will see another great fight. I prepared myself very hard, and I am looking for the victory," Marquez said.

He added that Pacquiao cannot look past him and onto a possible mega-fight against unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather Jr.

"He can't think about Mayweather, he has to think about November 12," Marquez said.