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Pacman insists Marquez is dangerous

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MANILA, Philippines — Manny Pacquiao is not looking at Juan Manuel Marquez as somebody out to cash a paycheck and retire.

Told about the overwhelming 8-1 odds in his favor, Pacquiao told the Bulletin over the weekend that Marquez remains a dangerous foe and that taking him for granted is tantamount to jumping off a cliff.

Pacquiao is facing Marquez on Nov. 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and despite the odds, the Filipino star said he has to be in top shape.

“You all saw our first two fights and based on that alone, you can tell he is somebody not to be taken lightly,” said Pacquiao, who drew with Marquez in 2004 and narrowly beat the Mexican in the rematch in 2008.

While the rubber match is more than four months away, Pacquiao has already calendared the start of training camp and the site of his first month of preparation.

“We’ll go to Baguio again in September and then to Los Angeles (for the second half of training camp),” said Pacquiao, who will be risking his stature as pound-for-pound king more than the World Boxing Organization welterweight title that he will put on the line.

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Comment by breakaway2x — June 27, 2011 @ 9:03 pm

People need to understand that “styles” do make fights. Pacquiao easily defeated Barrera who also happened to beat Morales but then Morales beat Pacquiao in their first fight.

Even though Floyd easily dismantled JMM, that doesn’t mean it’ll be a cake walk for Pacquiao in the 3rd match. Pacquiao’s style plays to Marquez’s strength. Marquez loves to fight someone who comes forward and is willing to trade, unlike Floyd. While Pacquiao should still be heavily favoured to win (being a 144 pound fight, marquez being 4 years older since last fight, and pacquiao becoming a much more skilled and complete fighter since 2008), still, Marquez is going to bring another war and Pacquiao will eat some shots. Styles do make fights and this fight, unlike the Mosely fight, will definitely be a toe-to-toe brawl. JMM doesn’t run or hide, even when he’s taking a good licking.

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