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Pacquiao-Marquez 4: 2nd fight recap

Pacquiao-Marquez 4: 2nd fight recap

(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 looking forward to my rematch with Juan ManuelMárquez. Our first fight had beenexciting and even though it took a few years for Márquez to finally accept arematch with me the fans seemed happy to see it too. The arena was electric. It inspired me.

After I scored the knockdown, early in the fight,I went back to my corner thinking I would finish him in the nextround. Freddie Roach told me, ‘We havehim right where we want him. Finish it.'                 

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Well, I couldn’t finish him in the next round and asthe fight continued I thought, "Here we go again."  Márquez’s superb boxing skills and excellentstamina got him back into the fight. 

After the eighth round Freddie told me the fight wasbecoming too close and we needed to win the last four rounds to avoid the closedecision we had in our first fight. 

“Take it to him Manny. Pick up the pace – double the pace. You’ve got the better speed and power. It's time to use all your weapons.”

I stopped counterpunching in those last four andattacked him constantly. Staying awayfrom his right hand helped me to score more too.

Freddie’s advice was right and I thought it was aclear victory for me that night because I won those last four rounds. 

I was so happy to be a world champion again. It’s a night I’ll never forget.              

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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