Freddie Roach: Pacquiao Has Never Been This Motivated

By Keith Idec

We’ve come to expect Manny Pacquiao stopping short of ever saying anything bad about anybody.

It’s among the things that make the respectful Filipino superstar unique in a boxing world where people typically rip each other. When asked on a conference call Wednesday if Mexican nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez has managed to make their third fight personal, Pacquiao didn’t actually answer the question.

He instead talked about not underestimating his opponent, his readiness for the fight and other borderline boring things.

But trainer Freddie Roach intimated that Marquez continuously claiming he was “robbed” in their first two fights has inspired Pacquiao as their third fight approaches.

“Marquez went to the Philippines and tried to embarrass Manny by saying that [he] got robbed [in the first two fights],” Roach said. “It was an instant spark in Manny for this training camp, I feel. Manny’s had a great training camp and I’ve never seen Manny as motivated as I have for this fight.”

Roach previously called Marquez wearing a “We were robbed” T-shirt during a visit to the Philippines a “slap in the face” to Pacquiao.

The 32-year-old Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 KOs) and the 38-year-old Marquez (53-5-1, 39 KOs) battled to a 12-round draw in their featherweight title fight 7½ years ago in Las Vegas, despite that Pacquiao dropped Marquez three times in the first round. Pacquiao also beat Marquez by split decision in their 12-round rematch, though that junior lightweight fight in March 2008 was widely viewed as one that could’ve gone either way.

They’ll fight at a catch weight of 144 pounds Nov. 12 in Las Vegas, for Pacquiao’s WBO welterweight title.

Keith Idec covers boxing for the Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Bong Bong on 11-02-2011

Freddie is just psyching Manny to be angry at Marquez and go for the KO

Comment by Alpha & Omega on 11-02-2011

BLA BLA BLA Roach....who cares. I am so over hearing Roach's mouth, who cares what Roach has to say anymore, years ago he seemed to be clairvoyant with his predictions and rhetoric and it seemed more genuine but now it…

Comment by Lineal Champ on 11-02-2011

[QUOTE=PACnPBFsuck;11362165][IMG][/IMG][/QUOTE] LMAO Perfect execution of a gif :boxing:

Comment by newcastleking on 11-02-2011

notice everytime jmm gets knocked down, when he stands up he never really looks wobbly or overtly hurt in any way.he never ties up after a fall neither. he just fights on intelligently.

Comment by JibbaJabber on 11-02-2011

[QUOTE=Bombs;11362750]This is going to be a war for the ages. This will be one of those talked about fights in boxing history. Both want it bad, they have history and they will have a chance to seal the deal in…

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