Pacquiao vs. Marquez: Manny Pacquiao Is Taking This Fight Personally

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistOctober 31, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 06:  Professional Boxers Manny Pacquiao (L) and Juan Manuel Marquez attend the press conference for their World Welterweight Championship Fight at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers on September 6, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
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Manny Pacquiao is certain this is the last time he is going to fight Juan Manuel Marquez, because he will knock him out.

All of the talk from Marquez in this prefight hype has been about how he was robbed of victories and, true or not, Manny Pacquiao is taking the chatter personally.

While its usually a bad idea to take the talk before a fight personally, this is extra fuel for Pacman’s fire, and this will be the straw that ensures Manny KOs Marquez.

Pacquiao’s strength trainer Alex Ariza told USA Today:

I don't think I've seen him more focused, and I think it's because it's personal, for sure. When something is personal, it's a lot different. He knows that he has to make a statement in this one. With everyone having questions about the first two, he has to make sure in this one that there's no doubt. … We're going through sparring partners like you change underwear. I'm surprised that these guys are still coming back.

Manny Pacquiao has been accused of going too hard in his training for this fight, but that is nothing compared to how hard he will attack Marquez during their November 12 fight.

There were legitimate questions about the first two fights in the Marquez-Pacquiao feud, and Manny wants to end this fight via KO to show the world that there is no question that he is the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

The hope from the Pacman camp is that Marquez comes out aggressive and leaves himself open for some big hits from the quick hands of the Philippine star and ends up out cold on the mat.

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