Lem Satterfield

Pacquiao lands Saturday in LA to train for Marquez

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Eight-division title-winner Manny Pacquiao will arrive at LAX International Airport in Los Angeles on Saturday at 8:05 p.m. on Philippinnes flight 102 to begin training with Freddie Roach for his fourth bout against four-division title-winner Juan Manuel Marquez, whom he will fight on Dec. 8 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 knockouts) has chosen to face Marquez (54-6-1, 39 KOs) over a rematch with Tim Bradley (29-0, 12 KOs), whose controversial split-decision in June dethroned Pacquiao as the WBO’s 147-pound titleholder.

In November, Pacquiao won an unpopular and highly-disputed majority decision over Marquez, who has also battled Pacquiao through a draw and a split-decision loss previously. Bradley ended a 15-bout winning streak for Pacquaio that included eight knockouts.

Roach will begin working with Pacquiao at his Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, Calif.,

Lem Satterfield can be reached at lemuel.satterfield@gmail.com

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