Manny Pacquaio’s Credentials
By Marcelo Ortigoza
JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZ & MANNY PACQUIAO FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES FOR FEATHERWEIGHT WORLD TITLE SATURDAY, MARCH 15 AT MANDALAY BAY RESORT & CASINO IN LAS VEGAS LIVE ON HBO PAY-PER-VIEW
ODDS (as of press conference)
Manny Pacquaio -230
Juan Manuel Marquez +190
(*First fight at fight time, odds were closer with Pacquaio favored at -180 and Marquez +160.)
MARK TAFFET, HBO PPV
"Great turnout we have here today for one of the fights I have been looking forward to for a number months. And we are lucky to have these two warriors who are willing to get back in the ring to do it all over again.
"Pacquaio vs Marquez I was one of the most interesting, exciting fights. It epitomized best of sprot of boxing and on anyone's list they are at the top of the best pound for pound in the sport. These two guys carry a nation on their shoulders and that what makes it even mor e special. In ppv in the lighter weight classes, the industry supports these fights like they are heavyweight fights.
"We know Saturday night we are going to have a great fight and one that will be remembered for years to come."
"Not too many words or hyperboles for this fight. I've heard Juan Manuel is in great shape but I have witnessed with my own eyes how Manny Pacquaio trained for this fight. If I could get a blueprint for how he trained and get all other fighters to use it, we would have great fights night after night. The conditioning is so important as his stamina and ability to withstand punishment is at his highest peak. I don't know another fighter—and we have Pavlik and Cotto who worked hard—but I have never seen anyone prepare like Manny Pacquaio has for this fight.
"Card will start at 3:30pm with first televised fight at 6:30pm. This is such an internet feast with HBO, Yahoo and I think even ESPN getting behind it. All over you will see this fight so it is a great fight."
"Another great night of boxing and it can't get much better than this, there is one dream match-up and this is the one they wanted to see (polls taken showed us that). Support has been tremendous and everyone has embraced this great event.
"And so did the sponsors—Tecate Beer, stepping up to the plate and help us take these fights to the people through support through supermarkets and the many conversions that take place as part of this sponsorship.
"Boxing related to their brands really works. There is a direct correlation between these brands, their sponsorships and reaching their customers through this message.
"Golden Boy is extremely pleased to be working with Juan Manuel and his team. He is an unbelievable Champion and you will truly see a magnificent performance by him Saturday night. This is a fight between two great warriors and I don't think anyone will be disappointed."
"First like to thank God for giving me the sign everyday. To both promoters and MP Promotions I thank you. Thanks to my wife who is very supportive of my boxing career.
"It will be a great fight on Saturday as I heard Marquez has trained very hard and doesn't want to let his countrymen down. But I don't either as I need to win this fight for my people as this is the key to the Filipino unity. Not only for myself but all the people who love boxing I want them to be satisfied with my performance and not disappoint them on Saturday. I will do my best to make them happy. I also pray that both Marquez and me will be safe and all fighters will not get hurt in the ring."
FREDDIE ROACH, TRAINER
"Manny came to camp early and we usually have a rule that we don't play basketball and I didn't even have to worry about it. He said he didn't want to play this time because this fight is so important.
"We are ready and I am looking forward to the fight and Saturday night."
JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZ
"Thank your for being here. I am happy to be here for this fight and everyone watching this fight is a war. I have prepared very hard for 3 months. I don't really like to talk in the ring I do it in the ring. This fight is for my country, my people and I will win it with my heart."
IGNACIO BERISTAIN, TRAINER
"After recouping and swallowing the sour decision of the Juan's brother Rafael's fight against Vasquez, please watch and witness what well be a great fight with two warriors."
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Pacquaio-Marquez II: A pre-fight analysis
By Marcelo Ortigoza
If you look at the first encounter between Manny “Pacman” Pacquaio and Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez last May 9, 2004, the former was a one handed boxer who only banked on his lethal left fist as his right hand acted as a jab cum decoy to set up his left hand for the kill.
Despite Pacquaio’s knock down of Marquez thrice in the first round, the latter exploited the holes in his guard by unleashing big right straight counter punches as he either left hooked or left upper-cuted the almost undefended Pacman.
Manny was also destructed by the stiff left jabs of Marquez that made the former lose his balance to fire his left fist straight from the pipe. Pacman was sometimes in quandary whenever Dinamita hit him with his anti-aircraft gun like salvos of punches to his head and body, reminiscent of Floyd Mayweather Jr. disorientation’s of Ricky Hatton.
The counter-puncher technician in Marquez obviously confused Manny, and robbed him of his timing. After his draw with Marquez up to present, Pacquaio was transformed by trainer Freddie Roach to a patient, calculating, weaving, and bobbling pug. His right hand was minted not only for jab work, but used as a power punch too.
Despite this improvement, the prowess of the said hand still
remains to be seen.
Opponents like Barrera I &II, Morales II & III, were victims of
his knock out power, as the lost their composure and preoccupied
themselves with running clockwise from him. The speed of his body
punches could be likened to a Surface to Air Missile (SAM). After
Barrera II, renowned trainer and boxing commentator Emmanuel Steward
said of Pacquaio: “He still stays out of balance, his style out of
positions. But he is still aggressive. Punches are authoritative. He
got away with that!”
Has a strong left jab that could qualify as left hand straight.
His body punches are fast as a moving elevator that stops as double
punctuation marks at the face of his opponent. Very good in a
phone-booth encounter - as his right and left uppercuts can
treacherously and accurately hit even the heads of his opponents.
After he fired his left hooks, it was noticeable that he
sometimes stopped momentarily as if contemplating for somebody in
the Philippine’s version of Hollywood . A weakness that is conducive
to a counter-attack.
Was defenseless after Barrera shots a volley of punches then tied him up. See Round 9 of their tussle. Opponents have fired combos at his face or body then danced away from his expected counterpunches - as what Chris John and Barrera had done.
His counter punches that act as his iron-curtain could be
penetrated by just doing what Rocky Juarez had done to him. Used the
gloves and forearms as fortification for the head and body and hit
him with a jab then followed by a power punch. In the Juarez fight,
Marquez was in many occasions at the retreat since many of his
counterpunches landed to naught on the forearm and gloves of the
former who was pressing his will. It was reminiscent of Winky
My poser: Why not Marquez try a Bernard Hopkins (against
Tarver and Wright), or a Mayweather Jr. (against dela Hoya and
Hatton) by crowding and tying the Pacman after Marquez hit him with
his punches? Or frustrate his left hand to operate by holding it or
whatever. Will it culture shock Pacman that he will eventually lose