A New York press conference for the third bout between WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 KO) and Juan Manuel Marquez (53-5-1, 39 KO) took place today. Each fighter, along with their trainers, had little to say about the anticipated Nov. 12 bout.
History shows that they let their fists do the talking, and it's a history that goes back to two previous encounters within the ring. Their first fight in 2004 resulted in a draw while Pacquiao won the second by split decision in 2008.
Top Rank CEO Bob Arum opened up the press conference and introduced HBO's Senior Vice President of Sports Operation and Pay-Per-View Mark Taffet, who gave out details as to just what it means to have one of the leading PPV boxers fighting for them.
"They are two men who bring an entire nation of support with them into the ring," said Teffet, who attached a 8.6 million PPV buyrate to the Filipino fighter for his last 11 fights.
A 24/7 four-part series, which begins October 22, will also be produced for the fight. It will be the 11th in the series and the fifth for Pacquiao. A face-off special with Max Kellerman will also be made to promote the fight.
"You are going to see a third war between Mexico and the Philippines," said Nacho Berestein, Marquez's trainer.
Freddie Roach, Pacquiao's trainer, was also there to express his thoughts on the challenge ahead.
"We had two tremendous fights and I expect the third to be the same," said Roach, who is considered to be the best trainer in boxing, today. "[Nacho's] fighter has more balls than anyone."
A lot of fans were questioning the move up in weight for Marquez, who will be fighting at a catchweight of 144 pounds. The last two fights were contested with Marquez weighing 130 and 125 pounds.
"Marquez is the greatest counterpuncher in the sport today," said Arum, who claimed the styles are what make fights and not the weights. "Marquez' style is a perfect style for Manny."
Arum also mentioned Pacquiao's training camp was increased from eight weeks to a 10-week training camp for this fight. Despite having 24 rounds of experience with his opponent, those rounds produced a contrast in styles that produced a very tough challenge for Pacquiao, and one that is still left unsolved.
Marquez was knocked down four times in the two bouts. In the first fight, he was knocked down three times in the first round and fought back to earn a draw. The second bout saw him get dropped once and fight back to lose a split decision.
"A lot of people saw the last two fights ending in controversial decision," said Marquez, who is the WBO lightweight champion. "Now, I'm looking for the knockout with focus and intelligence. I need to prepare myself very hard for this fight in my strength, in my speed, in everything."
Since the last fight between the two, Pacquiao has gone on to become the leading pound-for-pound boxer in the sport. He has picked up victories over Shane Mosley, Miguel Cotto, Antonio Margarito, Ricky Hatton, David Diaz and Oscar De la Hoya.
"It's going to be a great fight and a lot of boxing in the ring because, of course, Marquez will train hard for this fight," said Pacquiao, who has become an elected representative in the 15th Congress of the Philippines. "This is the answer of all the doubts in all the fans' minds. I will train hard and give a good fight. I want to show that something is wrong and that something is right."