Marquez: If I Hurt Manny Pacquiao, I'm Going For It!

By Rick Reeno

Juan Manuel Marquez (53-5-1, 39KOs) admits that he's a little nervous about winning a twelve round decision on Saturday night, when he faces WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38KOs) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Marquez believes he was robbed in their two prior meetings, which took place in 2004 and 2008. In the first fight, they fought to a twelve round draw, and Pacquiao won a close twelve round split decision in the rematch.

The three division world champion prefers a knockout victory, but he won't get careless to secure it.

"I just hope the judges are fair and they base their scores on what actually takes place in the ring. I don't know if I need a knockout to win the fight. I won't be chasing one, but if I hurt him at any time I will go for it," Marquez said. 

If Marquez, 38-years-old, pulls off the upset, and wins the biggest fight of his career, many experts would consider it the perfect way to end his career. Marquez would continue fighting, especially with a lucrative rematch clause that guarantees him $10 million dollars for a fourth fight.

"I'm not even thinking about retirement. I feel good and this was the best training camp of my career. This time we put on weight the right way. I'm very focused on Saturday night. I know it's going to be a very tough fight, but I'm going to win it," Marquez said.

Marquez's trainer, Nacho Beristain, doesn't see retirement in the near future - "Marquez is older, but he doesn't act like an old fighter. I have a fighter who is 38, but he trains like he's 24. He can still accomplish a lot."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by lilducer22 on 11-11-2011

i wish marquez wins but truth is at this stage pac beats him easy, im surprise if it goes past 5rounds

Comment by JOM'S on 11-11-2011

lolz why is their more non-pac fans posting on every PAC-Marquez threadm spewing a lot of hate?

Comment by Johnwoo8686 on 11-11-2011

The last time Marquez "went for it" he got put on his azz. Look up round 3 of the rematch. Marquez had Pacquiao backing up and going to the ropes when Pacquiao caught him with a left hook.

Comment by TerryI on 11-11-2011

marquez is a very good fighter, but remember cotto and margarito hit and at times hurt manny with some good shots, but manny took them well. good luck to marquez.

Comment by mshap on 11-10-2011

Manny warms up for the 1st 3-4 rounds and then destroys JMM by the 6th round....

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