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Bob Arum: Marquez won't sit well in his Nov. 12-showdown with Pacquiao

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Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez might have succeeded in securing a third fight with Filipino hero Manny Pacquiao, but how he conducted himself in so doing might boomerang in his bid for redemption.

International promoter Bob Arum, top honcho of Top Rank Promotion, himself said the 38-year-old Marquez’s three-year campaign discrediting the World Boxing Organization welterweight belt-owner will not sit well in his Nov. 12 fight with the 32-year-old Filipino “Fighting Congressman.”

“Yeah, I think the whining after the second fight didn’t and won’t ’ do Marquez any good,” Arum remarked during last week’s press conference referring to the Mexican’s repeated claims that he won their first two meetings – the first in 2004 that ended in a draw and the second four years later with Pacquiao emerging the winner via a split decision.

Saying though that Marquez’s conduct did not influence the decision to grant him the Nov. 12 showdown, but added it definitely made the coming fight at the MGM Grand very personal to Pacquiao.

Roach agreed, saying: "One hundred percent yes. That was a slap in the face of Manny. Marquez aggravated that when he came to the Philippines and wore a T-shirt that said, `I beat Pacquiao twice.'

"Manny's definitely extra motivated in this fight, “ Roach said in an interview with this writer after Saturday’s training session at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles.

“He's been twice harder on his sparring partners than what he usually does,” Roach said, adding he even has to have Marquez’s photo on his mitts to remind Pacquiao of his Mexican foe.

Roach disclosed he also did the same to the speed bag."When Manny hits the speed bag I put the picture of him (Marquez) wearing that T-shirt, just to remind Manny," Roach said Arum himself had told him to tell Pacquiao to take it easy in training lest he peaks prematurely. "He (Arum) told me to slow him down a little bit.”

"Manny's been on fire. While before he'd give me about 50 percent in sparring because he's saving his best for the fight. now he's giving me about 70 percent against his sparring partners. It’s only when he feels he hurt them that he’ll back off,” he said.

Conditioning coach, Alex Ariza, for his part, said Manny trains like the man possessed even as he confessed he has to hold Manny down and make sure he does not over train and get a sufficient amount of rest for his body to recuperate.

By Eddie G. Alinea




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