Juan Manuel Marquez may be 0-2-1 all-time against Manny Pacquiao, but ask him and he'll tell you he should be 3-0. Marquez (54-6-1, 39 KO) faces Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KO) for a fourth time on December 8, live on HBO pay-per-view from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Now 39, Marquez has gone up in weight two times now to chase Pacquiao in the last year. These men who met at 126 pounds in their first meeting in 2004 fought in November 2011 at a 144-pound catchweight, and on December 8, face off with the full 147-pound welterweight limit.
Marquez is currently fighting off PED allegations made by Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach, as he's looking bulked up, powerful, and ready for battle when fight night comes. Last year he surprised the majority of the boxing world when he was once again a thorn in Pacquiao's side, as most expected Manny to have eclipsed Marquez as they rose in weight, with Pacquiao having become experienced at welterweight, and Marquez having never fought over the lightweight limit.