Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez will take their legendary rivalry to the ring one last time on Saturday, December 8th when the two face off for the fourth time in their storied boxing careers.
For Pacquiao, the fourth fight is a chance to put the controversial decisions of the past behind him, while Marquez will be hoping to have his arm raised for the first time despite believing he deserved the victory in the previous three matches.
The first meeting between the two fighters ended as a draw and the next two bouts were given to Pacquiao by the judges.
The stylistic match up between Pacquiao and Marques is a real treat to boxing fans. All of their fights have been exciting and tightly contested. There is no reason to believe the fourth fight will be anything less than another epic bout that will be added to the two men’s legacies.
Because of the controversial decisions in the past, Marquez admits there is some pent up anger and he will be looking to unleash it on Saturday in the ring.
“As professionals, we respect each other,” Marquez said. “But after everything that’s happened, it’s starting to get personal. It’s heavier. There’s more anger. That’s how the fourth fight will be.”
Pacquiao, on the other hand, showed no signs of animosity and stayed as classy and collected as usual.
“I never hate my opponent outside of the ring,” said Pacquiao. “It is just my job to fight, and there is nothing personal. I guess we are kind of friends because I look at all of my opponents as a friend.”
Both fighters have expressed their desire to record a knockout on Saturday, so you can expect a up-tempo attack from Pacquiao and the masterful counter-punching of Marquez that has made this rivalry one of the sports best.