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Larry Merchant on Pacquiao-Marquez 4: Pacquiao Seems Motivated, Marquez Needs to Risk More

Victor Salazar Thursday, October 25, 2012 Featured 9 Comments
Larry Merchant on Pacquiao-Marquez 4: Pacquiao Seems Motivated, Marquez Needs to Risk More

The Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez rivalry has given boxing fans alike many great moments in their 3 fights. Whether it was the epic Marquez come back in the first fight after tasting the canvas three times in the first round, the many hard lefts landed by Pacquiao to Marquez’ hard counter rights in the second fight, or the infamous sombrero Marquez wore around his genital area while being interviewed by HBO, feeling that he had yet again been robbed by the judges; the memories are evident in this trilogy. Now the two intend to tango once again on December 8th to settle the score once and for all, most hope. caught up with HBO’s Larry Merchant to get his take on one of the great rivalries in boxing, whether he is at all excited for round 4 between Pacquiao-Marquez, and whether he will be calling the action, live from ringside. “I don’t know if I’m calling the fight, there’s a possibility, and yes I’m interested. The first three fights were pretty damn good fights. My feeling is, will this be too much of a good thing, or is too much of a good thing, not a good thing. It’s not like the other fights didn’t intrigue us. So yes, I’m looking forward to it,” Merchant told

To many, this is a fight we’ve seen already, too many times, and the outcome will remain the same; Pacquiao will try and attack while Marquez will counterpunch. There will be many close rounds and at the end of the day, the decision will be read and somebody (most likely Marquez) will not be happy about it. Marquez’ record against Pacquiao is 0-2-1, but he feels that he is 3-0 against his Filipino rival.

Marquez has stated on many occasions that he would not fight Pacquiao in Vegas because he can’t get a decision in ‘Sin City’. But here we are once again, Las Vegas for Pacquiao-Marquez 4, something’s got give right? Merchant agrees. “I want to see if Marquez, having been unable to get a decision against Pacquiao is willing to take risks against Pacquiao to make something happen for himself. I want to see whether Pacquiao feels that he’s got to make something dramatic happen for himself to make up for his last two performances with Bradley and Marquez. “

To Merchant, the possibilities of getting the same result as the first 3 is very likely, but he feels something has to change and hopefully something will to put a stamp on the rivalry. “We know these guys. Either we’ll see the same type of action we have seen in the past, or maybe we will see something more explosive and dramatic,” explained Merchant.

Merchant certainly feels the onus is on Marquez. “I don’t know, I think Pacquiao is motivated but it depends on what Marquez we see and on how he wants to fight. We know that Marquez is a top boxer and if he doesn’t want to get into a serious exchange, he can avoid them. We also know, he was knocked down 4 times in the first two fights. I don’t know whether he’s inclined to want to take the risk but that’s why they have the fight. But should Marquez want to change his fortunes and not feel like he will get robbed, I think he needs to be more explosive and take those risks.”

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  1. Mongolian Barbecue Friday, October 26, 2012 at Friday, October 26, 2012

    Change of roles. Marquez attacks. Manny counters.

  2. Stephen Tarr Friday, October 26, 2012 at Friday, October 26, 2012

    Paquiao gonna snap marquez chin in this fight, Marquez will feel hes 60 yrs old after this fight

  3. Jason Griffin Friday, October 26, 2012 at Friday, October 26, 2012

    marquez will win and its the end for pacman's career like roy jones, like tyson you know what I mean same ending. manny's mind is not on boxing now its on politics ima add pac wife jinkee will run for governor or mayor I think. they are busy on politics that's why manny can't leave manila even he knows that he need to go to l.a. to train. ill go for marquez this time!

  4. Reynaldo Lansangan Friday, October 26, 2012 at Friday, October 26, 2012

    not interested…..

  5. Hector Uson Friday, October 26, 2012 at Friday, October 26, 2012

    I will still see this fight because I love boxing very much, but after the 'bam bam' rios & mike alvarado bout, I don't think I'll lose a good night sleep waiting for this one. viloria vs hernan marquez in november interests me more…and I used to be a hardcore pacquiao fan since 'blow by blow' days.

  6. falcon plarisan Friday, October 26, 2012 at Friday, October 26, 2012

    marquez, the cry baby tasted the canvass 4 times..still he has the guts to say that he won all 3 fights…so he’s gago…tanga…bobo

  7. Jun Joloan Friday, October 26, 2012 at Friday, October 26, 2012

    Try to engage Marquez and don't move away or back pedalling. And you will see the likes of Ricky Hatton and Miguel Cotto. If you want to win convincingly fight our hero Pacquiao toe to toe. LOL. l

  8. Kapatirang Kristiyano Sa Batangas Friday, October 26, 2012 at Friday, October 26, 2012

    HIndi ang problema ni Marquez ang pagiging counter puncher. kundi survival mode siya thru backpedalling tapos kapag natalo sa hurado…sasabihin na naman niya "I was robbed 4 times." hehehe.

  9. noyeria Friday, October 26, 2012 at Friday, October 26, 2012

    ngakngak lng ng ngak-ngak ka marquez, subukan mo namn magpatumba kay paquaio….para masabi mo na magaling ka….

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