Manny Pacquiao isn't a quote machine. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
Video from The RING:
Pacquiao: "When I saw his last fight, I saw a still-good Marquez. But the difference is I've changed a lot since the last fight that we had. That was five years ago. I've changed a lot in my style, and I have improved my technique and strategy, and improved my power. So I don't know what will happen on November 12, but I have to train hard and am not underestimating him."
Just your standard Manny Pacquiao presser interview fare, really. Sometimes I wonder if guys who are trying to get juicy stories out of Manny get a little frustrated. I mean, everyone says (well most people say) that they don't care for the trash talkers -- shut up and fight!, and so on -- but the trash talkers make for the good quotes and the good stories. Manny Pacquiao, as phenomenal as he is and as charismatic as he is, makes for about the worst damn stories when he's trying to hype a fight, because he really doesn't hype. He just shows up, acts like himself, and gets down to business.
Now, this is fine for most of us, but the guys trying to milk something interesting out of these media events must sometimes feel like he gives them absolutely nothing to work with. "I will train hard." "My opponent is a good fighter and I cannot underestimate him." "I hear my opponent is training hard, and that's good." "I don't know what will happen."
And at the same time, this makes the level of star he's become even more incredible. He doesn't need the drama or the controversy. He's just himself, Smilin' Manny Pacquiao, and people are drawn to it.