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Pacquiao Will Use Extra Weight To Pursue Knockout

By Ronnie Nathanielsz

Eight division world champion and “Fighter of the Decade” Manny Pacquiao is expected to use his four pound weight advantage over Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez to go for a knockout in their fourth showdown at the MGM Grand Garden Arena tonight.

The fight card will be telecast over GMA 7 beginning at 11:00 a.m. while the Pacquiao-Marquez battle for the specially crafted WBO “Fighter of the Decade” belt and the title bouts of Gesta and Farenas will also  be telecast “live”  by ABS-CBN on The Filipino Channel for large audiences of Filipinos abroad “live.” 

After one last workout at the Top Rank Gym on Friday, Pacquiao tipped the scales at 147 pounds while Marquez came in at 143 although strength and conditioning coach  Alex Ariza told us Marquez looked bigger while both fighters looked strong, ripped and ready.

Ariza told us “Manny has a plan and with that kind of a strength and weight advantage to carry it out.”

According to the strength and conditioning coach who has been in Pacquiao’s training camp since two weeks before he demolished WBC lightweight champion David Diaz and then went on to pulverize Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton, Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito, Pacquiao’s plan is “to be aggressive and knock him (Marquez) out.”

Ariza added “the more weight you weigh in the more power you have.”

He said aside from his power Pacquiao has shown remarkable hand-speed in training and “is quick and explosive.”

Ariza said that prior to and at the weigh-in  Pacquiao was “in very good spirits, joking around. He was very good.”

The strength and conditioning coach noted that Marquez was “very serious, very fit, very focused on fighting Manny.”

Ariza believes “both fighters have a plan in their heads. Who is crazy enough to come out and try to execute it at the get-go is going to tell the story. Manny in his day would jump in like there was no second round and kept bombing away. It’s the man who is going to be conservative I think,  is the man who is going to have a problem.”

Marquez told BBC World Service “ I am looking for the knockout because the judges gave another decision (in their third fight which Pacquiao won by a majority decision). I have trained really hard and I need to fight a perfect fight.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by blacraven on 12-08-2012

[QUOTE=el***;12784037]what are you talking about you stupid phag muffin, quoting me on this as if I am a paktard. I call it how I see it. I never said anything about JMM vs PBF so go check yourself before you…

Comment by Wreckless on 12-08-2012

Since JMM is roughly going to be ~150lbs fight night, what possible advantage would he have for being 143 at the weigh in.

Comment by elfag on 12-08-2012

[QUOTE=blacraven;12783587]:soapbox: It amazes me that no one cares/notices that Manny outweights JMM by 4 pounds, when everyone was screaming bloody murder when Floyd outweighed him by 2 pounds. everyone said "he won because he was bigger...", "JMM's punces couldnt hurt…

Comment by kiaba360 on 12-08-2012

[QUOTE=whirlwind;12784007]The 3rd was close and Pac outlanded Marquez. Pacquaio lost to Bradley was a clear highway robbery just like what they said by your daddy/uncle boxing idol. Did you see Pac cry like a baby and complain to everybody wearing…

Comment by whirlwind on 12-08-2012

[QUOTE=kiaba360;12783983]What were your expectations for their third fight?[/QUOTE] The 3rd was close and Pac outlanded Marquez. Pacquaio lost to Bradley was a clear highway robbery just like what they said by your daddy/uncle boxing idol. Did you see Pac cry…

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