(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.)
I was very excited to face MannyPacquiao. In his last fight he had movedup to featherweight and totally destroyed Marco Antonio Barrera in impressivefashion. After seeing that fight mytrainer Nacho Beristain and I put in the hardest training camp I had ever hadin preparation for defending my titles against Pacquiao
In the first minute of the fight I wasgetting to Pacquiao easily. He seemedvery tentative and I decided this would be a good time to be more aggressive –as a surprise attack -- and back him up.
But I got careless because of the earlysuccess I had with my aggressive offensive attack and Pacquiao caught metwice with punches I did not even see. His speed and his movement were extraordinary.
Each time I got up from those twoknockdowns I was even more determined to get him. I was impatient and careless and that was amistake because he knocked me down a third time, but this time I saw the punchbut I couldn't block it. As I went downthat third time in Round 1 all I could think about was all the work that Ihad done for this fight and how I was not going to allow it to be wasted in thefirst round.
I got up, went to my corner and did notfeel all that bad physically because my conditioning was great.
In the corner between rounds Nachoemphasized that there were still 11 rounds left in this fight and if I stuck toour training camp strategy I could pull myself out of the hole that had me downso deep after just one round. “Win oneround at a time. You can do it. This is still your fight to win. You’re the better and more complete fighter,”Nacho said.
After a tough second round I got mylegs under me and won the next 10 rounds. I attacked him before he could get setand stayed away from his left hand. Hehad no other weapons besides his left and he had no answers to mycounterpunching and movement.
I got up from three first-roundknockdowns and gave him a boxing lesson for the final 10 rounds. I won the fight with no doubt in my mind andI’m sure no doubt in Pacquiao’s either.
Pacquiao vs. Marquez 4 takes place Saturday, Dec. 8, fromthe MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributedlive by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT.
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