Thursday, September 8, 2011

Manny Pacquiao – This time it’s personal

“Any news from Pacman Marquez promotional tour?” inquired Big Steve while assaulting a heavy bag at the Y in Glendale. Global tour to promote the final chapter of a historic trilogy between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez found its way to the City of Angeles where media only press conference was held at the opulent Beverly Hills Hotel earlier today. Top pound for pound pugilist, Manny Pacquiao will defend his WBO welterweight title against his long time rival, undisputed lightweight champion, Juan Manuel Marquez. The historic battle is set to take place at the Mecca of boxing, MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be televised live by HBO’s PPV. “It’s going to be a good fight on November 12th,”said Pacquiao from the podium:” Because this is the answer of all the doubts for the past two fights with Marquez. I improved a lot on my style and I will do my best for the happiness of the people.” I don’t know whether it is a pressure of a long promotional tour or the fact that Manny is getting tired of listening to Marquez say that he won the first two fights, but normally soft spoken and friendly, Pacquiao got a little edgy after the press conference. It seems like their third encounter is getting personal. “I can see a little dislike there,” said Pacquiao’s trusted coach, Freddie Roach:” I do feel that we will stop him in this fight and that’s why I am urging Manny not to be compassionate and when he hurts him to take him out. That will be the only way the controversy will go away. If you put it in the judge’s hands than it’s up to them.” So is it just a little dislike or is it getting really personal? “Hundred percent personal and I love that,” continued legendary coach, Freddie Roach:” I like it when it’s personal, because may be he won’t be so compassionate when he hurts him.” “Manny and Juan Manuel fought to draw the first time,” said Hall of fame promoter, Bob Arum:” And the second time by virtue of a knock down Manny won the fight by one point: can’t get closer than that. And so the world that follows boxing will see a classic, classic match on November 12th.” Congressman Manny Pacquiao wants to make sure that this classic match has a dramatic conclusion. How serious is Manny about this?“I was supposed to leave for Philippines next week on the 17th,” said other very important piece of team Pacquiao, strength and conditioning guru, Alex Ariza:” And I was just upstairs and Manny said that I will be on the flight with him tomorrow. He says I want to focus on getting bigger and stronger, because this time it’s personal. So I am assuming it’s personal.” The world wide promotional tour will end tomorrow in Mexico where thousands of fans will get to see their heroes, Juan Manuel Marquez, the host and the champion, visitor, Manny Pacquiao.

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