Marquez' motivation all about vindication in the ring

Wed Dec 5, 2012 9:38pm EST
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By Kieran Mulvaney

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Juan Manuel Marquez's sole motivation for Saturday's non-title welterweight clash with arch-rival Manny Pacquiao is the prospect of finally being able to celebrate victory over the Filipino in the ring, the Mexican said on Wednesday.

"I want them (his corner) to raise my hand (in triumph)," Marquez told reporters at the MGM Grand after the two fighters appeared for their final pre-bout news conference.

Marquez has fought Pacquiao three times, most recently 13 months ago in the same MGM Grand ring where they will meet on Saturday, but on none of those occasions has he been declared the winner.

Officially, the tally stands at two Pacquiao wins and one draw, though many fans and boxing writers believe Marquez could legitimately have won all three encounters.

"People tell me, 'You really beat him', in the last three fights," said Marquez (54-6-1, 39 KOs), a three-division world champion. "A lot of people feel I beat him.

"But I want to have my hand raised. I want the judges to really look at what they're doing and get it right this time."

When the fighters last met, Pacquiao narrowly retained his WBO welterweight title with a controversial majority decision and boos from disgruntled Marquez fans echoed around the arena after the shock decision was announced.

For his part, Pacquiao appears to be growing increasingly frustrated by the Mexican's insistence that he was the deserved winner of their previous three contests, particularly because of the counter-punching style favored by Marquez.   Continued...

Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao (L) and Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico pose during a news conference at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada December 5, 2012. Pacquiao and Marquez will fight for a fourth time in a welterweight bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 8. REUTERS/Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus