Pacquiao eyes vindication in fourth bout with Marquez

Wed Nov 21, 2012 5:01pm EST
 

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - With his ego bruised and his stature diminished after delivering below-par performances in his last two bouts, Manny Pacquiao has set his sights on bold vindication when he fights Juan Manuel Marquez next month.

It will be the fourth time the two boxers will square up in the ring, Pacquiao having narrowly6 retained his WBO welterweight title with a controversial majority decision when they last met in November 2011.

On that occasion, the Filipino southpaw earned two of the verdicts from the three judges, though it was a surprisingly unimpressive display and boos from disgruntled Marquez fans echoed around the arena after the shock decision was announced.

"Right now my mind is focused on being more aggressive for this fight," Pacquiao told reporters while preparing for the December 8 bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

"If there is a chance in the ring during the fight, why not make the fight easy (by knocking Marquez out) if I have the opportunity?

"I will try not to fight as slow at the end of this fight as I did in the last three fights. That is my focus right now. I want to finish stronger in this fight."

Mexican Marquez is a three-division world champion and, according to Pacquiao's shrewd trainer Freddie Roach, he has been the Filipino's most difficult opponent over the years.

"A 100 percent yes," the bespectacled Roach told Reuters. "Manny loves it when guys come to him and they're aggressive.   Continued...

 
WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines is treated in his corner between rounds during his title fight against Timothy Bradley Jr. of the U.S. at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada June 9, 2012. REUTERS/Steve Marcus