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Team Pacquiao To Devise New Game Plan For December 8

By Jake Donovan

Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez are so familiar with one another that they can probably finish each other’s sentences by now.

That doesn’t mean that either fighter expects the typical scouting report to hold true for the latest installment in their longtime rivalry.

Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach is already hard at work in coming up with a way to provide some separation between the two fighters, whose previous three fights have produced outcomes that will forever remain disputed. Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38KO) is officially 2-0-1 in the three-fight set thus far, but there is a case to be made that Marquez (54-6-1, 39KO) equally deserved to win all three fights.

Pacquiao’s winning ways came to an end this past June, dropping a highly controversial split decision to Tim Bradley in a fight that ended his 2 ½ year reign as a welterweight titlist. The wildly popular Filipino enjoyed a seven-year unbeaten streak prior to that point, but became one of several entries in a string of bad luck for his trainer in recent times.

Taking nothing for granted, Pacquiao’s team is promising fresh results on December 8 - namely, a conclusive outcome and a return to the Pacquiao of old.

“They were all very close fights,” acknowledges Roach, whose enshrinement into the Boxing Hall of Fame ironically came the day after Pacquiao’s loss to Bradley. “I’m going to take those game plans and throw them out the window.”

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ddangerous on 09-19-2012

[QUOTE=tlarry;12527385]Pacquiao cleans up his life, eliminates the Casinos he owned, did a way with rooster Fighting, the night life and carousing, and speaks the Word of Christ, attends Bible studies, and Vegas feels threatened. Manny Pacquiao has such a global…

Comment by Califas on 09-19-2012

I will always support these two warriors.

Comment by ROYistheGOAT on 09-19-2012

Their new gameplan sure didn't work last fight.

Comment by Stl_Buay on 09-19-2012

Simple gameplan in every sport outside of fighting and golf both sides has to play offense and defense... Marquez plan has always been play defense and counter and let Pac wear down from his constent will to press the fight…

Comment by ADP02 on 09-18-2012

Roach said since Marquez moved up to 135, Marquez was much more aggressive and that would be his mistake against Manny. So Roach came up with a game plan thinking Marquez was going to press but Marquez didn't.

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