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Pacman: I have something to prove

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“I have something to prove in this fight,” says WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao about his November 12 PPV showdown with Juan Manuel Marquez at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. “Marquez has the right to make alibis about not winning our two previous fights. It’s because of those alibis that I am so motivated for our upcoming fight. I want to end all the questions he has raised about who won our past fights and who the better fighter is.”

Regarding the three-and-a-half years between this fight and their previous at 130lbs, Pacman stated, “The years between each fight has made it more interesting. Which of us has improved more? I have improved a lot. I am a more complete fighter than when we fought previously. I am now a two-fisted fighter. My right is as potent, as powerful and as dangerous as my left. I have as much confidence in my right as I do in my left…another difference between Marquez and me is that since our second fight, I have challenged bigger opponents with a lot more success than he has.”

Pacquiao’s Freddie Roach doesn’t expect a close fight like the first two Pacquiao-Marquez encounters were. “I am training Manny for the knockout — to clear the air on who is better. Manny is going to shut up Marquez once and for all – I’m sick of his whining. Marquez will be surprised when he faces this version of Manny. He no longer fights in one direction or with one hand. Manny has become a complete fighter. He moves laterally in both directions and he throws potent punches with both hands. Manny has so many more weapons than the last time they fought. I think Manny knocks out Marquez in the sixth round!”

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