(Editor's note: In conjunction with HBO, Yahoo! Sports will feature special diaries from Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez as they ready for their fourth fight on Dec. 8.)
There is something special about fighting the same opponent four times. It tells me that the first three fights have been good and competitive enough to merit one more fight and when it is against an elite opponent such as Manny Pacquiao then it’s even more special and more meaningful.
Over the last eight years Pacquiao and I have fought three times and all the fights have gone the distance. And while people say Pacquiao has knocked me down four times over those 36 rounds, they should say three were in the first round of our first fight, and that he has only scored one knockdown in the next 35 rounds, and none in the last 20 rounds while winning at least 26 of the 36 rounds we have fought over those three fights.
So the question for this fourth fight is, “Do I need to knock out Pacquiao to get the win?"
Well I will certainly try. I also know that while knocking out a fighter like Pacquiao won’t be easy, it’s not impossible either.
I know that I have to be intelligent, fast and strong to beat him. But as we have seen in the first three fights, it is not just up to me to win the fights. It is up to three judges who score the fights. There is no doubt in my mind that I won all three previous fights with my skills and smarts in the ring but the judges have denied me that victory.
There is not much I can do about the judges. I don’t pick them and I sure don’t know them. I know most have never trained for three months for a fight and most have never gotten in a ring for 12 rounds with the best fighter in the world and most have no idea what sacrifices we must make to get in the ring and put on the best fight that we can.
I feel that most people believe that I won our last fight very clearly but the judges did not see it that way; and by the way, I am not only talking about my fights and judges. Look at what happened to Pacquiao against Timothy Bradley. I was ringside for that fight and I felt that Pacquiao won it but the judges took it away from him and that also is not right.
I just want the judges to score the fight in the ring and not what they think is happening in the ring. I don’t care about the three previous fights and how they were scored anymore. All I ask is for a fair judgment, and if I lose I lose. But if I win I want my hand raised that night in the ring.
Pacquiao continues to be the best in the world and to finally get a win over him will make me very happy. But don’t judge my career by these four fights. Take a look at all my 61 fights and then decide where I belong in the history of boxing.
Pacquiao vs. Marquez 4 takes place Saturday, Dec. 8, from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT.
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