MANNY Pacquiao won’t have to worry about jet lag before his fourth fight against Juan Manuel Marquez.
Pacquiao is making major changes to his preparations for the December 08 non-title fight in Las Vegas. Instead of starting his training camp in the Philippines and then shifting to trainer Freddie Roach’s Wild Card gym in Hollywood for the final weeks, Pacquiao plans to do all his sparring at the southern California facility. “No days will be wasted travelling between training camps in the Philippines and California,” Pacquiao said on Monday.
The two boxers started a three-city promotional tour on Monday by staging a news conference at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The tour continues with another news conference in New York today. The fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena will be the fourth in the intense rivalry between the two. Pacquiao says this time he won’t make the mistake of underestimating Marquez when they square off in the non-title fight.
“I underestimated him in our last fight,” said Pacquiao. “I will make the most of every training day to prepare for Juan Manuel.” In the build-up to that fight, Marquez had taunted Pacquiao with claims that he was the true winner of their first two clashes, a 2004 draw and a 2008 rematch. Pacquiao’s seven-year, 15-bout win streak was snapped in June when he lost a controversial split decision to Palm Springs boxer Tim Bradley. Marquez (54-6-1, 39 KOs) is one of a handful of Mexicans to have won world titles in four different weight classes. He lost his WBC title in the 2008 rematch when Pacquiao won on a split decision that was decided by one point on the scorecards.