Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez enter Friday's weigh in both thinking that they will come away victorious in the fourth fight between these two rivals.
With the weigh in upon us and the fight just a day away, both sides are making last-minute preparations for the fight.
In anticipation of this be-all end-all bout, this is all the latest buzz and controversy surrounding what should be a great fight.
Where To Watch
The weigh in for this fight will be broadcast on HBO at 6 p.m. ET on Friday.
Jim Lampley will be the host of the half-hour event, as we get our first look at the competitors.
Apparently Juan Manuel Marquez won't bother with the 147-pound weight limit, as he expects to come in well under that weight.
As he told BoxingScene.com, Marquez will be coming in around 143 or 144 pounds.
Although the limit of the fight is at 147-pounds, I won't weigh that much. I'm going to climb into the ring at 143 or 144 pounds, which is a weight where I physically feel better.
Marquez then went on to say that he will try to be more aggressive in this bout and will try to knock Pacquiao out. That's an interesting strategy for a fighter who dominates lengthy fights with his counter-punches, but it's what Dinamita wants to do.
Freddie Roach might be the most polarizing figure in this fight.
Pac-Man's trainer has openly come out and accused Marquez of using PEDs multiple times now.
As he told USA Today, "If (his body) is natural, I will kiss his ass. (Marquez) has gotten bigger and gained weight — it throws up a red flag."
He also did so in an interview with BadLeftHook.com.
Everyone says that we're on steroids. Now he's way bigger than us. It doesn't look natural. He built that muscle quite quickly. He has a controversial strength and conditioning coach. And, you know, I think if we got rid of all the strength and conditioning coaches in the world, they're all way overrated and they're b******t, we got rid of all of them, we would have no drugs in boxing.
These are serious accusations that Roach is making, and this only adds to the intensity of the fight.
Not everyone is happy that this fight is happening. WBC President for Life, Jose Sulaiman, is none too pleased with seeing the rivals enter the ring for a fourth time.
Sulaiman held nothing back when talking about the fight, and I think his quotes say it all (via Yahoo!).
The fourth version of Manny Pacquiao-Marquez is a fight without importance.
It's a fight without a championship at stake. It's a fight that's only interesting for those in the Philippines and Mexico—nobody else in the world cares. It's a fight where the sole purpose is to fill a date, and that's all.
I would love to [sanction the bout]. It would be historic because, if Juan Manuel Marquez wins, it would be the first time a Mexican wins it and if Pacquiao wins, he'd be the first to win it two times. Also, they definitely fit the requirement that only elite fighters could compete for the belt—both are elite boxers.
It's about a business decision. The promoters have the decks stacked in their favor. They do what they want ... that's boxing in that climate, there in Las Vegas. It's true that the Nevada State Athletic Commission has a certain animosity toward Mexican fighters, but they [the Mexican fighters] don't do anything about it. They keep going over there like dolts, without establishing any terms or conditions.
It looks like Sulaiman is no fan of this fight, but hey, life goes on.
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