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Bob Arum: Manny Pacquiao is training hard for Marquez fight

November 4, 2011 |  3:23 pm

Manny Pacquiao wakes up before the sun rises to run steep hills at Griffith Park.

He ferociously attacks the mitts at Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood.

After two close fights with Juan Manuel Marquez, he's not going to leave the third bout on Nov. 12 to chance. This one is personal.

After all, Pacquiao feels disrespected.

Even though their first fight in 2004 ended in a draw and Pacquiao won their last fight in 2008 by a split decision, Marquez wore a shirt last November that said, "Marquez beat Pacquiao twice!!" 

A photo of Marquez wearing that shirt hangs behind Pacquiao's speed bag.

At a recent media day, Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum said, "The only time that I saw Manny train as hard for a fight was when he fought De La Hoya."

Arum said Marquez may be the ultimate competition for Pacquiao -- even more challenging than Floyd Mayweather Jr., who is undefeated.

"All of us are much more confident in beating Mayweather than in beating Marquez," Arum said. "Marquez's style is very, very tough for Manny because he's a counter-puncher and so forth. Mayweather, his style is made for Manny because he will get knocked out within three, four rounds.

"Manny is so anxious to prove himself in this fight that he started training early and he's trained at full speed ever since he started."


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-- Melissa Rohlin