RING lightweight champ Juan Manuel Marquez exuded what bordered on extreme confidence during a recent conference call promoting his third bout opposite RING No. 1-rated pound-for-pound Manny Pacquiao.
The 38-year-old Marquez (53-5-1, 39 KOs) said that he expects to surpass his performances in their two prior meetings, where he battled the 32-year-old Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 KOs) to a draw and lost a split-decision in 2004 and 2008 , respectively.
Floored three times in the first clash with Pacquiao, and once in their second, Marquez also said that he expects to perform better at 147 pounds than he did during his welterweight debut against Floyd Mayweather Jr . (42-0,26 KOs), to whom he lost a lopsided, unanimous decision in September of 2009.
Below are some of the responses of Marquez during the conference call:
Juan Manuel Marquez:
On whether he can settle the doubts about who won the two previous bouts:
“That’s why we are doing this third fight. The first two were very close, and this fight should end all of the doubt. We are not the only ones saying we won the fights.
“There are a lot of fans and media out there saying the same thing — that we won those two fights. I feel very happy with all of the training I have done for this fight.
“We are going to clear all of the doubts from the first two fights, and I feel very happy about that…If [Pacquiao] is upset about what I said about winning the first two fights, I am upset that I didn’t get the decisions.
“I am motivated just as much as he is. We all have opinions, and my opinion is that I didn’t get the decisions that I deserved.”
On the comparison between facing Pacquiao as a welterweight and Mayweather as a welterweight:
“I had problems moving up, but I would rather fight Pacquiao three or four more times than fight Mayweather once. Mayweather is a defensive fighter. He doesn’t let you fight.
“But we know Pacquiao comes to fight, and that he is always going to give you a fight, and that’s why I know that it will be a war between us. That fight with Mayweather, obviously he was a defensive fighter with long arms.
“A difficult guy to fight. He doesn’t really exchange, and you have to take the fight for what it was. But we were able to win some fights and to get back to the one that we always wanted to do.
“The fans wanted to see it and the press wanted to see this third fight. I think our styles match amd make great fights because we both want to fight and we both want to win.
“I think that I’m ready. It’s a big fight, and it’s coming up pretty soon, and I am looking forward to giving the fans a great fight.
On whether he wished the Pacquiao fight would have happened earlier in his career:
“I don’t believe that age has anything to do with it. I prepare myself very well, and I’m going to be just as good as I would have a few years ago.
“As long as I had the good trainign camp that I have had, then I will be fine. I am going to fight as if I was 24 years old.”