Las Vegas,Nevada  — (L-R)  Superstar Manny Pacquiao and three-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez pose during the final press conference at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Wednesday for their upcoming third mega-fight.  Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions,Marquez Boxing,Tecate and MGM Grand, Pacquiao vs Marquez III will take place, Saturday, Nov. 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and be produced and distributed by HBO Pay Per View. Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank.

Power and speed are Manny Pacquiao’s obvious advantages over Juan Manuel Marquez.

But Freddie Roach wants the superstar southpaw he trains to out-think one of the sport’s most cerebral, crafty technicians, too. In fact, he thinks the execution of a more patient Pacquiao’s strategy is the key to getting the knockout win Roach anticipates against one of the most effective counter-punchers in boxing history.

“We know [Marquez is] a great counter-puncher,” Roach said. “We can’t just walk to him recklessly, like we did in the first two fights. We need to go to him with a little bit of intelligence and Manny is very capable of doing that at this point of his career.”

Of course, that doesn’t mean we won’t see plenty of the persistent pressure for which the fiery Filipino has become famous Saturday night in Las Vegas.

“We’re going to have to make the fight,” Roach said. “We just have to be a little bit smarter about how we go about that. We can’t just [do what] he did in the first two fights. He was just a young, game kid back then, with one hand. He’s a much more intelligent fighter now and I’m very confident that we will knock him out. We’ll knock him out somewhere along the way.”

While Roach preached patience to Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 KOs) during training camp for their WBO welterweight title fight, he also reminded his fighter to expect to see a different foe than the one he drew with in May 2004 and he beat by split decision in March 2008.

“He has become a little more aggressive,” Roach said of Marquez (53-5-1, 39 KOs). “I think he had to for the TV people and for HBO, to make the money that he wants to make. He became a more aggressive fighter and I think that might be his downfall.”

By: Keith Idec

The numbers-crunchers fear Juan Manuel Marquez’s second welterweight fight will mirror his disappointing debut in that division.

They’re concerned that Marquez just can’t compete with top opponents above the junior welterweight limit, even if his fight Saturday night in Las Vegas will be contested at a contracted catch weight of 144 pounds, three beneath the welterweight limit.

Many of those involved in this WBO welterweight title fight disagree. They think Marquez’s third fight against Manny Pacquiao will be much more competitive and compelling than his one-sided, 12-round defeat to undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr. two years ago in Las Vegas.

“Mayweather is a defensive fighter,” said Bob Arum, whose company, Top Rank Inc., promotes Pacquiao and Marquez. “If you’re a counter-puncher, you lose your advantage against a defensive fighter because, as a counter-puncher, you need somebody to make the fight against you. And so I am looking forward to this fight [being] another classic.”

Mexico’s Marquez (53-5-1, 39 KOs) insists that fighting at the highest weight of his 18-year pro had “nothing” to do with his pedestrian performance in the Mayweather mismatch.

“I think it had everything to do with his style,” Marquez said. “He’s a defensive fighter, who doesn’t like to engage. He’ll never fight and it’s difficult to make him fight, [because] he’s so good. The styles, with Manny, it’ll make for a great fight.”

Freddie Roach, Pacquiao’s trainer, doesn’t think the 38-year-old Marquez’s skills have deteriorated all that much, certainly not to the degree the wide odds suggest. He obviously expects Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 KOs) to win, but he doesn’t anticipate an easy fight.

“I’m not so sure how much he’s slipped,” Roach said. “He didn’t look great against Mayweather, but Mayweather’s a talented guy. You have to take that into consideration.”

Pacquiao is about an 8-1 favorite as the HBO Pay-Per-View main event approaches, but Roach added, “We won’t underestimate him at all.”

By: Keith Idec

Las Vegas,Nevada  —  Superstar Manny Pacquiao makes his “Grand Arrival” aboard his special Team Paquiao bus at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Tuesday for his upcoming third mega-fight against three-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions,Marquez Boxing,Tecate and MGM Grand, Pacquiao vs Marquez III will take place, Saturday, Nov. 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and .be produced and distributed by HBO Pay Per View.   — Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank.

The filipino Manny Pacquiao, considered the best pound for pound fighter in the world, will fight for something more than just his WBO Welterweight title.

“Pac Man, as they call him, will also fight for the for the World Boxing Organization’s most prestigious gold, diamond, ruby, and esmerald ring that is given to their so called “Super Champions”.

Even though Pacquiao’s purse for this fight could allow him to cover the cost of hundreds of these rings, the added value the ring will have is that it will be given by the WBO in a ceremony held in the Philippines.

According to WBO President, Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, the ring will cost in between $13 and $20 thousand.

“When Oscar de la Hoya received his ring, its cost us close to $8 thousand. The price is not what matters but what its represents, Valcarcel explained, who is currently on his way to Las Vegas to witness the fight at the MGM Grand Arena. The WBO gives these rings commemorating a “Super Champion” on making five consecutive successful title defenses. With Pacquiao it will be an exception.

The Filipino won the WBO title in 2009 by defeating Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto by TKO in the twelth round. Pacquiao successfully defended his title Joshua Clottey and Shane Mosely. Pacquiao fight against Antonio Margarito was for the vacant WBC Jr. Middleweight title.

Against Marquez, his third fight with the Mexican, will be his third official defense of his WBO Welterweight title.

Marquez, a former WBO Featherweight and current WBO Lightweight champion, already has his ring.

“If Pacquiao wins this fight, we will prepare something very special for him; probably something bigger than what we prepared for De la Hoya.

We are talking about possibly the best pound for pound fighter of all times; with much respect towards Sugar Ray Robinson. But he must first win Saturday’s fight in order to obtain this ring that, more than just having monetary value, its significance is very important. Pacquiao’s ring would be more modern; it has more precious stones.

In Puerto Rico, boxers like Juan Manuel Lopez, Alex “El Nene” Sanchez, and Ivan Calderon are some of the fighters of Latin America that posses this ring given to Super Champions. Joe Calzaghe, Naseem Hamed, Marco Antonio Barrera, Johnny Tapia, Wladimir Klitschko and Arthur Gregorian are also some of the fighters to have obtained this prestigious ring.

“Pacquiao ring would be the most expensive one at the moment. We have made various modifications to the regular model which sum up to around $3 and $5 thousand. Pacquiao is a great champion and we hope that someday he may visit the island (Puerto Rico)

Article by:  Carlos Narváez Rosario, EL VOCERO  November 8, 2011

For the first time ever, HBO will telecast live a world championship fight weigh-in event when worldwide superstar, WBO Welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao and his formidable challenger Juan Manuel Marquez tip the scales on Friday, Nov. 11 at 6:00 p.m. ET/3:00 p.m. PT.  The half-hour boxing special on HBO will be hosted by Jim Lampley, who will be joined by commentators Max Kellerman, Emanuel Steward and Harold Lederman, as well as featured guests in providing boxing fans with a ringside seat for the festivities.  All the action will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

In addition, boxing fans with broadband access can log onto to view live streaming of the official weigh-in television program.

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When boxing champion Timothy Bradley makes his Las Vegas debut Saturday, fans from the desert will be rooting for the Cathedral City product — both for who he is and what he represents.

Those who knew Bradley as a youth through his days at Cathedral City High School remember a dedicated athlete who talked about his dreams of fighting in Las Vegas.

Then there are those who discovered Bradley after he became a world champion, and see a role model and example of what can happen through hard work.

One local youth, 13-year-old Dominic Serna, trains at the Indio Boys and Girls Club, sparring in the same ring and hitting the same heavy bags as Bradley.

“It makes me feel like I’m training with the top fighters,” said Serna, one of the top young fighters in the area and in the country. “To be here in the same gym is a privilege. I don’t know him on a personal level, but I know him as a hard worker and very supportive.

“He’s humble. He treats everyone like he would treat anyone else.”

For nearly two years, Bradley has been recognized as one of the 10 best fighters in the world regardless of weight class. On Saturday, Bradley will defend his WBO title against 1992 Olympian Joel Casamayor at the MGM Grand.

A victory by Bradley could mean a chance at a big-time fight against Manny Pacquiao, regarded as one of the top two stars in the sport. Pacquiao is fighting the main event Saturday against Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez.

“Timothy proves that anything is possible,” said Marcos Caballero a boxing trainer with Coachella Valley Boxing Club whose son Randy is a promising prospect. “We all come from the same neighborhoods and for the kids, it’s a motivation to make it as far as he did.

“It will open the door for the amateur fighters we have.”

While Bradley mostly works out in the east valley, he has deep roots in the west side. He was born and raised in Palm Springs and went to school at Cathedral City High School, where his father, Tim Sr., is a security guard.

Bradley still lives in Cathedral City and is president of the Cathedral City Lions Junior All American Football program. His wife, Monica, serves as commissioner and his stepson, Robert, plays.

For many of the teachers and coaches who remembered Bradley at Cathedral City High School, they have a rooting interest. They have organized viewing of Saturday’s fight at Buffalo Wild Wings at the Westfield Mall in Palm Desert. Proceeds from the food sales will go to the Cathedral City High School athletic program.

“It’s been very exciting. Everyone is on the edge of their seat,” said Lisa Johnson, a physical education teacher at Cathedral City High who taught Bradley and his wife. “We know how important these next fights are.

“He’s on the brink of being a household name.”

Many of the Cathedral City coaches had planned to attend the fight in Las Vegas until they saw the $500 price tag. A lot of the coaches had gone to Bradley’s fights when they were at The Show inside the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa.

“We were all spoiled. His wife Monica could get us tickets,” Johnson said. “Now we’re just trying to find that good spot to watch it together.”

Rob Hanmer, the former basketball coach at Cathedral City, said he still remembers teaching sixth-period PE, and Bradley was one of 10 athletes in the class who had the ability to earn a college scholarship.

But Bradley didn’t compete in the main sports of football or basketball despite the urging of the coaches. Because Bradley was working toward a shot on the Olympic boxing team, his father did not allow his son to play any sport where he could suffer an injury.

Hanmer, however, told Bradley he would make a spot for him on the basketball team if he could convince his father.

“He was excited about the opportunity,” Hanmer said. “He was in the gym, and then his dad came in and snatched him and put him back in the weight room. That ended his basketball career.”

Although Bradley stands at 5-foot-6, Hanmer said he had no doubt he could be successful on the basketball court.

“He has an unbelievable work ethic and really, really positive attitude,” Hanmer said. ”He was one of those kids trying to do the right things and work hard. Those are the kind of people you want to coach if you get the opportunity.”

But Hanmer and all the coaches knew Bradley was fully dedicated to becoming a boxer. It’s what they admired about him.

“Even when he was in high school, he had that drive and dedication,” said Johnson, a physical education teacher and former softball coach at Cathedral City High School. “You see something in a person, even at a young age. He had that drive. We see so many young people who have physical tools, but don’t have the heart. He had both at a very young age, that drive and heart.”

Cathedral City resident Brandon Revis, 29, went to school and church with Bradley and his family. Today, Revis’ 9-year-old son Adam plays in Bradley’s football program. But Revis said he can remember in high school how Bradley always talked about being a world champion and fighting in Las Vegas.

“This is great because he will do something he’s wanted to do his whole life,” said Revis. “I’m excited for him. He’s a disciplined, loyal and great guy.”

Bradley had to miss his 10-year high school reunion last weekend, but he is still visible at Cathedral City, training at the school and showing up at football games.

“He’s very humble, but he has a great personality,” Hanmer said. “He stops by school and says hello. He’s a part of our community. Even though he’s rich and famous, he’s still a person who comes to a football game and says hello to everyone. He’s a really good person.”

Bradley is also touching a younger generation of boxers, much like what his trainer Joel Diaz and his two brothers did before.

Bradley grew up idolizing the Diaz brothers, who were top prospects and all three fought for world titles, with youngest Julio becoming a two-time IBF lightweight champion.

Today, Bradley is setting an example like the Diaz brothers before him.

“I take my hat off to him; he’s proven a lot in the sport,” said Randy Caballero, a professional fighter with Golden Boy Promotions and top attraction at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. “What he’s doing is good for the sport and he sets a good example. If you stick to it, you can do what you love.

“The impact to the valley, he sets the tone. Some people don’t know him and I wish his name was bigger. With what he’s accomplished, his name should be out there because what he’s done is not easy.”

Written by: Leighton Ginn (The Desert Sun)

Las Vegas, Nevada — Three-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez makes his “Grand Arrival” aboard his special Team Marquez bus at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Monday for his upcoming third mega-fight against superstar Manny Pacquiao. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions,Marquez Boxing,Tecate and MGM Grand, Pacquiao vs Marquez III will take place, Saturday, Nov. 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and be produced and distributed by HBO Pay Per View. Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank.

If WBO welterweight champ Manny Pacquiao is annoyed that Juan Manuel Marquez has constantly stated that he beat him in their first two meetings, imagine how Marquez feels knowing that he was a round away in both fights of being 2-0 rather than 0-1-1.

A reversal of fortune could have seen “Dinamita” sitting atop the pound-for-pound rankings and in possession of an even more celebrated career today than Pacquiao. It’s something that Marquez thinks about every single day of his boxing career. It pains him to watch Pacquiao be considered one of the greatest boxers of all-time; especially when he feels that he beat him when they met in 2004 and 2008. Yes, Marquez is 38-years-old and perhaps entering the twilight years of his career sooner than later. Yes, Marquez will come in with a size disadvantage as he hasn’t had as smooth of a ride up the scales as his counterpart has over the past few years. Yes, he’s been as much as a 9-1 underdog in Vegas. None of this matters to Marquez. All he wants is one last shot at Pacquiao to prove that he has his number. Nothing more, nothing less. This is personal.

“Without a doubt the fight is personal for me,” Marquez said on a recent conference call. “I didn’t get the two decisions I thought I won. I think I will win this fight because I should have won the first two.”

It wouldn’t be too farfetched to say that Marquez is right in his claims. Their first meeting in 2004 would have seen a drastically different outcome had it not been for the whirlwind of punches that sent Marquez to the canvas three times in the first round. The same can be said about the 2008 bout that saw Marquez go down in the 3rd round and proved to be the difference on the scorecards. This fight should finally settle the score.

“The first two fights were very close and this fight should end all doubt,” Marquez says. “We are not the only ones saying we won the fights. There are a lot of fans and media out there saying the same thing- that we won those two fights.”

And that whole age thing? That doesn’t worry Marquez one bit.

“I don’t believe age has anything to do with it. I prepare myself very well and I’m going to be just as good as I would have been a few years ago.”

Let’s all hope so because if the first two fights were any indication, this will be yet another barnburner.

“It is going to be great because we both want this fight and we are going to give it our all. The winners are going to be the fans because we are two guys that are going to go in there and give it our all.”

Story by Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone


WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announced today the referees and judges who will work on the two world title bouts, Manny Pacquiao vs Juan Manuel Marquez and Timothy Bradley vs Joel Casamayor this Saturday, November 12, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada in a Top Rank Inc. presentation. Valcarcel reported that the referee for the WBO Welterweight Championship between the champion Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 KOs) and the WBO lighweight titlist Marquez (53-5-1, 39 KOs), the referee will be Tony Weeks and judges will be Dave Moretti, Robert Hoyle and Glenn Trowbridge, all from Nevada. WBO Supervisor for this fight will be Valcarcel himself.


Meanwhile, for the WBO junior welter clash between Bradley (27-0, 11 KOs), who is going to defend his title for the fourth time against former two time champion Casamayor (38-5-1, 22 KOs), the referee will be Vic Drakulich. The judges will be Levi Martinez, from New Mexico, and Adelaide Byrd and Burt Clements, both from Nevada. WBO Supervisor for this bout will be the Chairman of the Ratings Committee, Luis Perez.

Márquez: Today! Monday, November 7
Pacquiao: Tomorrow! Tuesday, November 8

MGM Grand Front Lobby at Noon PT

Open To The Public!

LAS VEGAS, NEV (November 7, 2011) – It began in August with a 25,000-mile international media tour and now, after two solid months of intense training, Congressman MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO and JUAN MANUEL MÁRQUEZ will break camp and head to Las Vegas to kickoff fight week for their mega world championship event with their Las Vegas Grand Arrivals which will be open to the public. Márquez, with Hall of Fame trainer Ignacio “Nacho” Beristáin and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum arrives Today! Monday, November 7. Pacquiao, along with five-time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach and Arum arrives Tomorrow! Tuesday, November 8. Both arrivals will be at Noon PT at the porte cochere and inside the front lobby of the MGM Grand. Both will be transported by luxury buses custom-designed with their images.

Pacquiao and Márquez, who have won world titles in 11 weight divisions between them, will go toe-to-toe for Pacquiao’s World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight championship on Saturday, November 12, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev. Pacquiao-Marquez III is Act Three of their exciting world championship trilogy that has had fans and media standing on their feet for 24 action-packed rounds.

Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 KOs), the lone representative of the Sarangani province in the Philippines, defends his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title against professional nemesis and three-division world champion Márquez (53-5-1, 39 KOs), of México City. Pacquiao and Márquez, will go toe-to-toe on Saturday, November 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev. Pacquiao-Márquez III will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.

Remaining closed circuit tickets, priced at $50, are on sale and available at all Las Vegas MGM Resorts properties.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions, Márquez Boxing, Tecate and MGM Grand, The Pacquiao-Márquez III world championship telecast, which begins at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT, will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® and will be available to more than 92 million pay-per-view homes. The telecast will be available in HD-TV for those viewers who can receive HD. HBO Pay-Per-View, a division of Home Box Office, Inc., is the leading supplier of event programming to the pay-per-view industry.

Episode No. 4, the finale of the all-access reality series “24/7 Pacquiao/Márquez” premieres This Friday! November 11, the night before the welterweight championship showdown, at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on HBO. Episodes No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 are available at HBO ON DEMAND® and HBO GO® in addition to multiple replays on the network. The four-part series premieres on three consecutive Saturday nights before the finale airs the night before the welterweight championship showdown in Las Vegas.

For Pacquiao-Márquez III fight week updates, log on to and

Arcadia, Ca.  —  Three-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez waves to the thousands of fans wanting to meet the champ during a special boxing exhibition at Santa Anita Park. Marquez is preparing for his upcoming third mega-fight against WBO welterweight champion superstar Manny Pacquiao. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions, Marquez Boxing, Tecate and MGM Grand, Pacquiao vs Marquez III will take place, Saturday, Nov. 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and be produced and distributed by HBO Pay Per View.   — Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao has never looked so motivated to trainer Freddie Roach as he has in training to fight Juan Manuel Marquez next week and silence the Mexican fighter’s taunts.

Pacquiao defends his World Boxing Organization welterweight crown against Marquez on November 12 at Las Vegas, the third fight in a trilogy that began with a 2004 draw and continued when “Pac-Man” won a 2008 split decision.

With one point on one judge’s scorecard all that has separated the fighters through 24 rounds, Marquez has long argued he beat Pacquiao twice, even wearing a shirt that said, “I beat Pacquiao twice” to a pre-fight appearance in Manila.

“He’s claiming he was robbed in the last two fights. This third fight will be the answer to all of that,” Pacquiao said Wednesday.

“I’m not saying I’m going to knock him out but I have trained very hard for this fight. Whatever comes will come now. I have put in the hard work. I’m ready for this fight.”

A photograph of Marquez adorns a wall behind the punching bag at the Los Angeles-area gymnasium where Pacquiao works out, a constant reminder and motivating force for the Philippines Congressman.

“I’ve never seen him as motivated as I have for this fight,” Roach said. “Marquez went to the Philippines and embarrassed him, said a few things. That has pushed him to work harder in training camp.

“Manny Pacquiao is on fire right now. He’s training very well. He has a little spark.”

Pacquiao, 53-3 with two drawn and 38 knockouts, has won 14 successive fights and seven in a row since his narrow decision over Marquez, the closest fight of his current run that has seen victories over Oscar de la Hoya, Ricky Hatton and Shane Mosley.

And the southpaw star expects this fight with Marquez to be more intense than the previous thrillers.

“I believe this fight will be a much more exciting fight,” Pacquiao said. “His style and mine are very similar. There is going to be a lot of boxing in the ring. I use my power better. He is improving. So it’s going to be better.”

“I never underestimate Marquez. I train hard for this fight. I feel strong. In the last four years I’ve changed a lot.”

Marquez, 53-5 with one drawn and 39 knockouts, is 5-1 since losing to Pacquiao, the only loss coming by unanimous decision to unbeaten US star Floyd Mayweather in 2009 in Marquez’s only prior welterweight outing before Pacquiao.

“He looks like he’s working hard. He’s bigger and stronger,” Roach said. “He has changed his style a little bit. He needs to because we’re working hard to beat him. Manny is ready. If he wants to come at him, we’ll be ready.”

Pacquiao has juggled his lawmaker responsibilities with singing, boxing and promotional appearances, but swears he has not been distracted from his goal of proving once and for all he is superior to Marquez.

“It’s a good example to boxers. I can balance it,” Pacquiao said. “I feel I can focus and concentrate hard for this fight. I have to sit outside all of the distractions.”

Roach has seen “Pac-Man” flip the switch when he straps on his gloves.

“Once he comes in the gym door, it’s nothing but work, work, work,” Roach said. “If he wants to go sing after that, I have no problem with that at all. That’s Manny Pacquiao.”

By Miguel Rivera

The winner of the lightweight battle between Ricky Burns and Michael Katsidis, will fall in line for a shot at WBO lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez. The sanctioning body issued a ruling at their annual convention in Puerto Rico, that Marquez would have to face the Burns-Katsidis.

The fight depends on the outcome of Marquez’s trilogy bout, set for November 12 in Las Vegas, with WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao. It also depends on whether or not Marquez, win or lose with Pacquiao, returns to the lightweight division.

Burns and Katsidis will battle for the vacant WBO interim title on November 5th at Wembley Arena in London. If Marquez decides to continue his career above 135-pounds, the winner of Burns-Katsidis would become the full champion.

Marquez already faced Katsidis in 2010, where the Mexican boxer got off the floor in the third round to stop the tough Australian in the ninth.

Juan Manuel Marquez Fight Blog – Part 1

Judging from the first two fights, what aspect of Pacquiao’s game poses you the most danger heading into the third bout?

“I believe that Manny Pacquiao has become a much complete fighter, but his speed and power are still his most dangerous attributes”

Do you really believe you won the first two fights? Are you planning anything different in your approach to Pacquiao this time, especially given your belief that you won the first two fights?

“I don’t believe I won the first fight, I am sure I won them both, I just did not get the decision. I will do the same that I have always done against him, fight with intelligence, paciencen and counterpunch. My preparation will be different because I will fight at a higher weight. I have to make some changes in my diet and make sure I can still have speed and conditioning at the higher weight”

Training in Mexico City in the renowned Romanza Gym, where so many great Mexican fighters have come from, the three-time world champion Juan Manuel Marquez is getting ready for the biggest fight of an already stellar career.

HBO®’s Emmy® Award-winning all-access series “24/7” premieres an all new edition when “24/7 Pacquiao/Marquez” debuts Saturday, Oct. 22 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. The four-part series will air for three consecutive Saturday nights before the finale airs the night before the championship showdown in Las Vegas.

The Pacquiao-Marquez III world championship telecast, which begins at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT, will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View and will be available to more than 92 million pay-per-view homes. The telecast will be available in HD-TV for those viewers who can receive HD. HBO Pay-Per-View, a division of Home Box Office, Inc., is the leading supplier of event programming to the pay-per-view industry. For Pacquiao-Marquez III fight week updates, log on to–45077

Manny Pacquiao Fight Blog – Part 1

Judging from the first two fights, what aspect of Marquez’s game poses you the most danger heading into the third bout?

I know what Juan Manuel Marquez is capable of. He is one of the toughest opponents I have ever fought and I have a great deal of respect for his abilities. He is always in shape and very strong. He is the only fighter who has ever figured out my style of fighting

I cannot worry about his preparation or what he brings to the fight though I do study his fight films and do my homework on him. My main concern is how I prepare for this fight. How I can be better and different from my previous fights with him. In that respect the biggest danger I face is not doing everything I can do to win this fight.

Do you like to be called the Mexican Executioner?
I do not like the name Mexicutioner. I love the Mexican boxing fans and that name does not reflect my true feelings about Mexico and its people.

Are you planning anything different in your approach to Marquez this time, especially given how close the decisions were in the first two fights?

I am planning to be different for this third fight because I am a different fighter from our two previous fights. I move better laterally in both directions than before. I am more comfortable using my right hand. Before I was left-hand happy. Now I am more confident in using my right hand as an effective weapon. It’s a lot stronger then the last times we fought. I am so focused for this fight. I will bring a lot more intensity to this battle.

HBO®’s Emmy® Award-winning all-access series “24/7” premieres an all new edition when “24/7 Pacquiao/Marquez” debuts Saturday, Oct. 22 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. The four-part series will air for three consecutive Saturday nights before the finale airs the night before the championship showdown in Las Vegas.

The Pacquiao-Marquez III world championship telecast, which begins at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT, will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View and will be available to more than 92 million pay-per-view homes. The telecast will be available in HD-TV for those viewers who can receive HD. HBO Pay-Per-View, a division of Home Box Office, Inc., is the leading supplier of event programming to the pay-per-view industry. For Pacquiao-Marquez III fight week updates, log on to–45087

NEW boxing sensation Lorenzo “Thunderbolt” Villanueva and two other Filipino fighters have been included in the Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez fight card on November 12 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Manny Pinol, Villanueva’s manager, said it was Pacquiao himself who selected his fighter to be in the undercard of his much-awaited third meeting with the Mexican Marquez.

Villanueva, the undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) Oriental featherweight champion, is now in Baguio training with Pacquiao.

Aside from Villanueva, fighting in the Pacquiao-Marquez card will be Philippine welterweight champion Dennis Laurente and junior bantamweight Fernando Lumacad.

Villanueva, Laurente and Lumacad were selected for different reasons.

For Villanueva, Pacquiao said he would like to give the 24-year-old orphan a chance to prove himself in tougher fights in America.

Villanueva, a southpaw just like Pacquiao, holds an impressive record of 21 wins with 20 knockouts and is now being handled by Hall of Fame boxing trainer Freddie Roach and renowned physical conditioner Alex Ariza.

For Laurente, the fight on November 12 will determine whether he will finally earn the chance to fight for the world title at a late age of 34.

Laurente, a right-hander, holds a record of 40 wins, 21 KOs, four losses and five draws.

Perhaps the most controversial choice of the Pacman to fight in his undercard against Marquez in the prime venue of boxing which is Las Vegas is General Santos City boxer, Fernando Lumacad.

The 25-year-old Lumacad caused an embarrassment to Philippine boxing when he yielded in the third round of his fight against the legendary Mexican warrior Jorge Arce. He even asked for Arce’s robe as a remembrance after the fight.

Of the three, it will be Laurente and Villanueva who will be closely watched in their fights in Las Vegas.

Villanueva is a product of the grassroots boxing program which Pi¤ol started when he was governor of North Cotabato from 1998 to 2007.

Fighting in a foreign land and under the big spotlight in Las Vegas, his November 12 outing will be an opportunity for boxing fans to dissect Villanueva, a shy fighter from the marshlands of Midsayap in North Cotabato. (CRAM)

Mexican challenger Juan Marquez told your returning Counterman he’ll go for a knockout against defending champ Manny Pacquiao in their Nov. 12th titular World Boxing Organization showdown at MGM’s Grand Arena in Las Vegas Nevada.

“Nothing like beating Marquez decisively with Pacquiao’s speed,” said trainer Freddie Roach.

“This is to settle what’s bugging Juan Manuel after failing to beat the Pacman twice,” the American trainer stressed.

Speed has been Manny’s chief asset as we’ve repeatedly noted.

A calculating puncher like Manny will be in his usual side-to-side movements, unloading neat yet deadly combos when needed and

always looking for openings to drop his bombs.

Expect a hell of a brawl as the long-running telenovela winds up

in climactic finish at the Grand.

To clarify contrasting claims on “D’ Brawl,” I sought and got, the Mexican’s thoughts on the Filipino idol.

C: If a knockout of Manny Pacquiao is being worked out ‘fast and furious’ by Team Marquez, isn’t that limiting your chances of beating the pound-for-pound champ, since he can get you in more ways than the one you have in mind?

JMM: I am not sure I understand the question, but yes I will seek a knockout in this fight.

C: Without revealing plans for Pacman’s KO, what can the fans expect in this fight?

JMM: This third fight is just like the first two–closely-fought and very much a war.

C: Pacquiao is seen as the fighter gaining a knockout coup since the agreed catch-weight (144lbs) tips the balance in his favor being a natural welterweight, right?

JMM: Again, it is not about the size, it is about the mind and style. I have also knocked out bigger guys at 135 pounds. The smarter, best-conditioned fighter will win this fight.

C: You’ve had that problem when you first ventured into

the welterweight class against Floyd Mayweather Jr?

JMM: I think everyone has problems with FMJr. He is a very defensive fighter and will not engage. This makes for boring fights.

C: In your twin failures with the boxing congressman, you went down four times. What’s your take on claims that Manny will put you to bed early, what with his power-bombs as a full-sized welterweight?

JMM: We will both find out on Nov. 12 on how easy or how hard it will be for him to beat me or even try to beat me. We both know who won the first two fights and who got the decision. This third fight is a whole new chapter. The first two fights are history, let’s see what happens in the present.”

So there!

We’ll feature Manny’s side next week, assuming he ain’t that busy attending to the needs of his Canadian advisor on hygienic concerns.

WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao is promising a more serious approach to his trilogy bout with Juan Manuel Marquez on November 12th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. After going to a controversial draw in 2004, and winning a controversial split decision in 2008, Pacquiao wants to erase any possible doubts.

His trainer, Freddie Roach, is advising him to leave compassion at the door. Roach wasn’t happy with Pacquiao’s “good guy” approach in his recent fights with Antonio Margarito and Shane Mosley. For the last few years, Marquez led a widespread campaign with claims of being robbed by the judges in their two previous fights. Pacquiao wants to shut Marquez’s mouth for good.

“This time I have less compassion for my opponent. Yeah this is a kind of personal,” Pacquiao said to the New York Daily News. “But you still have to do your job. I have to prove that I’m doing right in my job.”

One of the main differences in their fight is not the higher weight limit of 144-pounds. The right hand, says Pacquiao, is the big difference. In their two prior meetings, Pacquiao was left-hand happy and rarely used the right.

“After the Marquez fight I fought with [David] Diaz,” Pacquiao said. “After the Diaz fight we planned to fight in another weight division and moving up. We began to think about how to improve my style and improve my power. So we developed the right hand so we can use it against a big opponent.”

By Edward Chaykovsky–45003