Third fight was easiest, says Marquez
Posted at 11/27/2012 8:14 PM | Updated as of 11/27/2012 8:14 PM
MANILA, Philippines – Mexican boxing champion Juan Manuel Marquez claimed that his third fight against rival Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao last November 2011 was the easiest in their trilogy.
Pacquiao defeated Marquez in their third encounter last November via majority decision, but it was a highly controversial result as many members of boxing media believed the Mexican had done enough to deserve the victory.
In a blog distributed by HBO and published by RingTV, Marquez revealed his thoughts on their trilogy bout.
“I knew I needed to do something different for this third fight, because it was going to be at a weight class above where I usually fight,” said Marquez, pointing out that the bout was held at a catchweight of 144-pounds.
“I trained very differently for this fight from the previous two. I used a strength and conditioning trainer for the first time,” he added. “We worked really hard in camp for this third fight.”
Marquez believed that their hard work in training camp paid off.
“In the ring, the fight was the easiest one of the three. It was my best performance as a professional,” he said.
“I dictated the rhythm of the fight and won all the exchanges between us throughout the fight,” Marquez added.
The Mexican observed that Pacquiao “had become a more predictable fighter,” who was now a better boxer, “but not as fast or explosive as he was in our previous two fights.”
Marquez is convinced that he won nine of the 12 rounds and “easily won the fight,” but once again, he did not get the judges’ nod.
“The three judges took away my victory. There is nothing I can do about them,” Marquez said. “It seems that Manny has only one opponent every time we fight – me.”
“I have four – Manny and the three judges,” he asserted.
Marquez will have another chance to earn a victory against Pacquiao when the two rivals clash for a fourth time on December 8 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.