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Marquez looking for knockout first, friendship later

By Anthony Springer Jr.

For Juan Manuel Marquez, the fourth time is going to have to be the charm. After going 36 rounds with Manny Pacquiao, Marquez has emerged winless. Despite being 0-2-1 against “Pacman,” many fans feel Marquez has been the rightful winner of at least one, if not all three previous bouts. Come December 8, win, lose or draw, a fifth fight may not be in the cards. But let Marquez tell it, the judges won’t be needed. Like the previous bout, he’s training for a finish.

“Everybody knows Manny Pacquiao is a strong fighter,” Marquez said today on a media conference call. “In this fight, I’ve prepared myself for everything.”

Having punched a man in the face for the length of time Marquez and Pacquiao have, Marquez is hopeful the pair will be friends after the gloves are on the shelf. “I’ll sit down with him and I’ll probably start a friendship. After all the rivalries in the ring, like I said before I’m a professional. I’ve got nothing against him. I don’t see why I can’t have a personal relationship.”

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