Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez will fight for the fourth time as they battle in Las Vegas on Saturday, December 8th. The two fought to a draw in the first battle back in 2004 while Pacquaio has taken the last two fights. Let’s look at this bout on Saturday night that has Pacquaio as about a 3-1 favorite in boxing odds.
Pacquiao comes into this fight at 54-4-2 with 38 knockouts while Marquez is 54-6-1 with 39 knockouts. The last time these two met was just over a year ago when Pacquaio won a controversial majority decision. Pacquaio didn’t look very good in that fight and many people believe that the judges robbed Marquez. Pacquaio has promised to be more aggressive this time. “Right now my mind is focused on being more aggressive for this fight,” Pacquiao said, “I will try not to fight as slow at the end of this fight as I did in the last three fights.” Pacquaio is out to prove a point in this fight against Marquez. “I am giving him a chance to prove he can win the fight because he thought he has won all three and he keeps talking about it. So it is very important to me, to win this fight.” Pacquaio lost his most recent fight as he was robbed by the judges in a split decision defeat to Timothy Bradley. Other than the two judges that gave Bradley the win, no one else thought that Pacquaio lost that fight.
Pacquaio is the favorite in this fourth matchup against Marquez and there is no doubt that Pacquaio comes into the fight very motivated after being robbed by the judges in the fight against Bradley in June and he wants to prove that he can beat Marquez without the help of the judges. The odds on Pacquiao are high but it is hard to see him losing this fight. There is also a good chance the fight goes the distance just as their previous three fights did.