Jerry Glick reporting: This time things will be different seems to be the mantra coming out of both camps at the press conference in Midtown Manhattan at the Edison Ballroom. Pacquiao insists that he will make it a definitive win this time. He wants a knockout, something that he has not done since he stopped Miguel Cotto in 2009; six fights since his last knockout.
Pacquiao said that a knockout may be the only way to make a statement for both Marquez and himself. “I think so,” he said, “To erase the doubt in the minds of the fans.” This will be the fourth meeting between these two future Hall of Fame fighters. Tickets go on sale on September 28th and it will be broadcast on HBO PPV December 8th from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Top Rank is promoting.
As for the Bradley fight when he lost a controversial decision, he looks upon it as a win because of his dominant performance regardless how the judges saw it. “I was focused for Bradley,” he insisted, “But I took him lightly.” He may not have fought with the same intensity that he has shown against other opponents. He is a little older (33) now and even said that he wants to turn back the clock to when he was 25 years old. “I can fight 20 rounds.”
He chose Marquez over Bradley because Bradley was not exciting and it was one sided unlike the three wars that he and Marquez fought. “Marquez is a counterpuncher/boxer, and I know how to fight a good counterpuncher/boxer,” said the Pacman. “You wait and be a counterpuncher. That’s how you fight a counterpuncher. If you’re faster than him you have the advantage. The problem is that if I do that the fight will be boring and I don’t want that. I want to make the fans happy.” He added that he will be more aggressive this time around. Even Freddie Roach said that they need to work on regaining his old killer instinct, “Manny will be looking for a knockout, and he’s never done that before. I’m giving him a bonus for every sparring partner he knocks down,” added the trainer with a smile.
Roach added that he agrees with Manny that he’s not finished yet. That he is not down to counting how many more fights can still fit under Pacquiao’s belt. “I will tell him when I see him slipping.” Roach also agrees that the choice to do all his training for this fight at the Wild Card Gym is a good one. “It’s a good choice,” said Roach because training in the Philippines then moving camp to LA mean that jet lag becomes a factor. “I think training in altitude when you’re not fighting in altitude doesn’t do you any good.” He said that is only one adjustment, plus he likes training in Los Angeles because he can get good sparring partners there.”
Manny expects to go on for another few years and as Ali before him, his goal to be known as the greatest of all time. He said it a little less dramatically, “My goal is to be at the top of boxing.” Same thought different words.