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Pacquiao vs. Marquez

Roach suspicious about Marquez’s muscle growth

By Rob Smith: Freddie Roach is suddenly suspicious about the muscle growth of Juan Manuel Marquez as he heads towards a fourth fight with Manny Pacquiao on December 8th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Roach suspects that Marquez may have built his impressive physique by other than natural means.

Roach told usatoday.comK/u> “If [Marquez’s body] is natural, I will kiss his a**. [Marquez] has gotten bigger and gained weight. It throws up a red flag.”

Roach has nothing to go on with this, and seems to be just reaching out of nowhere on this. Marquez has never failed any tests in the past for performance enhancing drugs, and he’s really not put a whole of muscle. He started at 135, and has merely put on less than 10 pounds in the past year. That’s hardly the sign of a fighter using performance enhancing drugs.

Marquez hired a strength and conditioning coach Angel Hernandez, who has done a good job of helping Marquez build up his physique with resistance exercises. Hernandez is quite good at his job, and he’s worked wonders with Marquez. Continue reading

Juan Manuel Márquez / Nacho Béristain Interview Transcript

TODD duBOEF: Welcome everybody. Welcome champion Juan Manuel Márquez, Fernando Beltran and Hall of Fame trainer Ignacio “Nacho” Béristain. Juan Manuel’s media day was in México last week and the reports say that Juan Manuel has never looked this good. We all know what has happened over the years and how this is a legendary match-up and I think it’s really important for everyone to speak to Juan Manuel and Nacho about their strategy and before I do that I would like to introduce Fernando the co-promoter of Juan Manuel

FERNANDO BELTRAN: Welcome and I think what Todd says is absolutely true. This is a unique rivalry and the most important match of the year without a doubt. We are going to close the year on the right foot. Juan Manuel is world champion in four weight classes and has never looked this good. Everybody knows about the controversy in the last fight. It was good for Manny Pacquaio to take this fight to clear everything up and let’s see who the best man is on December 8. Continue reading

HBO Sports to Replay the Epic Pacquiao-Marquez Trilogy

Nov. 27, 2012 – Leading up to the highly anticipated fourth toe-to-toe encounter between ring warriors Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez — set for Saturday, Dec. 8 in Las Vegas and presented live by HBO Pay-Per-View® — HBO Sports will present the exclusive replay of the first three fights in their epic rivalry.

The HBO2 service will replay Pacquiao vs. Marquez I from 2004 on Friday, Nov. 30 at 12:15 a.m.

HBO Signature will replay Pacquiao vs. Marquez II from 2008 on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 10:00 p.m. followed immediately by Pacquiao vs. Marquez III from 2011 at 10:55 p.m. Continue reading

Gamboa vs Farenas on Pacquiao/Marquez undercard

YURIORKIS Gamboa (21-0, 16 KO), the former world featherweight champion who won Olympic gold in 2004 for his native Cuba and now resides in Miami, Fla., has won eight of his previous 11 fights by stoppage. He boasts world title victories over Orlando Salido, Jonathan Barros, Jorge Solis and Rogers Mtagwa. In his first fight since September 10, 2011, Gamboa will be battling one-time world title challenger Michael Farenas (33-3-4, 25 KOs), of Paranque City, Philippines, for the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) interim super featherweight title in the co-main event to the fourth chapter of boxing’s most compelling rivalry, Manny Pacquiao vs Juan Manuel Márquez 4. Continue reading

Pacquiao vs. Marquez 4: Will the crowd turn against Manny if he gets another controversial win?

By Rob Smith: If remember watching the last fight between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez last year in November at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, you’ll note that the Vegas crowd, which had been heavily in Pacquiao’s favorite all fight long, suddenly turned against him when the judges’ results were announced after the fight giving him the ring.

The crowd was unhappy with the decision and felt that Marquez should have won. There was a lot of booing, and it made it hard to hear Pacquiao speak when he was being interviewed after the fight. The question is will the crowd erupt into even louder booing if Pacquiao wins another controversial decision when he meets up with Marquez on December 8th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas?

Pacquiao has had incredible luck to be able to go though the three fights with Marquez without a loss because many boxing fans believe that Pacquiao deserved to win none of the fight, including the first one. While there is considerable controversy where there isn’t controversy is in looking at who won the majority of the rounds in their three fights. In watching all three fights back to back it’s irrefutable that Marquez won the vast majority of the rounds, or at least he should have. He controlled the action, landed the cleaner shots, and had the superior ring generalship. But still Pacquiao was given two wins and a draw in those three fights. Continue reading

Manny’s seventh appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live a Success

HOLLYWOOD, CALIF. (November 22, 2012) — Fighter of the Decade and boxing’s No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter and box office attraction Congressman MANNY “PacMan” PACQUIAO (@MannyPacquiao) took time from training for his upcoming rumble with three-division world champion Juan Manuel Márquez (@JMMarquez_1) to make another boffo appearance on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! (@JimmyKimmelLive / #JKL) on Wednesday night.

This was Manny’s seventh consecutive appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in as many pay-per-view promotions, dating back to November 3, 2009 when he knocked out Miguel Cotto to claim the welterweight title. That 2009 appearance also marked Manny’s U.S. network TV debut, which has since led to a multitude of network television, radio and magazine features, including, CBS’ 60 Minutes, ABC’s Good Morning America, CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight, ABC’s Nightline, FOX News Channel’s On The Record With Greta Van Susteren, CNN’s America Morning, NPR’s Morning Edition and Weekend Edition, Playboy, Sports Illustrated and cover stories in TIME and Newsweek. Continue reading

24/7 Pacquiao/Marquez 4: Episode 2 on Saturday; Pac on Kimmel Tonight

Episode #2 Debut: SATURDAY, NOV. 24 (12:15-12:45 a.m. ET/PT) – Other HBO playdates: Nov. 25 (10:45 a.m., 3:30 a.m.), 26 (11:45 p.m.), 27 (noon, 9:30 p.m.), 28 (5:45 p.m., 2:45 a.m.), 29 (11:55 p.m.) and 30 (6:30 p.m.), and Dec. 1 (10:15 a.m.), 7 (7:00 p.m.) and 8 (9:30 a.m.)

HBO2 playdates: Nov 25 (11:50 p.m.) and 28 (9:00 p.m.), and Dec. 7 (midnight) and 8 (7:00 p.m.) HBO On Demand® availability begins: Nov. 27

HBO cameras chronicle the unpredictable lifestyle of Manny and Jinkee Pacquaio in the Philippines and reconnect with Juan Manuel Marquez and his tight-knit family in Mexico City. The premiere of episode #2 airs immediately following an HBO World Championship Boxing doubleheader presentation.

Episode three of 24/7 PACQUIAO/MARQUEZ 4 debuts Saturday, Dec. 1 (9:30-10:00 p.m.), while the finale debuts Friday, Dec. 7 (8:00-8:30 p.m.), the night before the high-stakes welterweight bout. All episodes will have multiple replay dates on HBO, and the series is also available on HBO On Demand and HBO GO®. Continue reading

Manny Pacquiao conference call quotes, says he’ll be aggressive against Marquez

BOB ARUM: The reports we are getting from the closed circuit exhibitors and the foreign broadcasters are very enthusiastic so we’re anticipating a tremendous event on December 8th. It will be a fight that will go into the annals of boxing history because these gentlemen that fought three previous times and over the course of the timeline, this fourth fight will be the best fight of all.

FREDDIE ROACH: We have a tough fight ahead of us. We know that Marquéz in a great counter-puncher. We are working on things to defeat that counter-puncher style. Manny is looking great in training. I like what I see. He is where I want him to be right now. His focus is where it has not been for some time. He is very focused for this fight and I think it’s going to be the best fight yet.

MANNY PACQUIAO: Training camp has been going great. I have really been training hard for this fight. Continue reading

Arum: There’s a possibility of a 5th Pacquiao-Marquez fight

By Rob Smith: When asked if we could be seeing a future fifth fight between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum couldn’t rule it out, saying this during Tuesday’s telephone conference call: “There is a possibility. [Sugar Ray] Robinson and [Jake] Lamotta fought six time.”

Watching Pacquiao and Marquez fight for a fifth time is kind of scary because it seems like the fight has been played out too many times and is little more than just a money grab at this point. Both guys are showing signs of fading and it’s not nearly as interesting now to see them still fighting each other. It’s as if Arum has fought something that works and he doesn’t want to look to fight other bouts for his fighter Pacquiao. Continue reading