Manny Pacquiao will face Juan Manuel Marquez for a fourth time on December 8 in Las Vegas. He spoke with The Boxing Channel's Marcos Villegas about that fight, why he chose not to face Timothy Bradley again, and his talks with 50 Cent.
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Marcos Villegas, The Boxing Channel: "Manny, you're facing Juan Manuel Marquez on December 8 in Las Vegas. Looking at the history that you have with Juan Manuel Marquez, do you feel that over time, your fights with him have been more competitive, harder, in the long run?"
Manny Pacquiao: "In the long run? This is the fourth time I'll fight him. I'm excited, and it's not hard. It's easier for me. I want to end the doubts of the fans."
Villegas: "Why has it gotten easier for you every time you've fought Marquez?"
Pacquiao: "Marquez is -- you know, we know Marquez is a good counter-puncher. He's a good boxer, he's a good counter-puncher. And I know how to fight a counter-puncher. To fight a counter-puncher, you have to be a counter-puncher, also. If I do that, the fight will be boring. One of us, if we fight each other, must be aggressive, to make the fight good."
Villegas: "Do you feel you weren't aggressive enough in the last matchup with him?"
Pacquiao: "I don't think I was aggressive enough. This time, that's what I'm trying to do this fourth fight -- become aggressive, get back the aggressiveness."
Villegas: "How do you do that? How do you get the aggressiveness back?"
Pacquiao: "In training. We can get that aggressiveness in training. We'll train hard for this fight. That's why I've decided to train here, the whole training camp in Hollywood."
Villegas: "Looking at your opponents, it seems the more you fight people, the less opponents you have. Do you get frustrated, or do you feel that you may be running out of opponents to fight?"
Pacquiao: "Oh, no. There's a lot of opponents out there. We think for, for--"
Villegas: "I see you smiling right there. The one, the big one that's left, is Floyd Mayweather. And I think you're alluding to that."
Pacquiao: "You're good, huh?"
Villegas: "Is it closer now than ever before because of what's going on with 50 Cent?"
Pacquiao: "No comment for now."
Villegas: "But you and 50 have talked about it, I'm sure. I see you looking over here, but you guys have talked about it? That's the whole point of the partnership?"
Pacquiao: "We met and we're talking with each other. I won't tell you what we're discussing now."
Villegas: "Disappointed, but it's OK. Why are you not fighting Timothy Bradley? It seems what happened with him, your last fight, a lot of people were angry. A lot of people felt you won, and they're thinking, you know, that you should set things right with Bradley before you fight Marquez again."
Pacquiao: "I have nothing to prove with Bradley. The last fight we had was a one-sided fight. I don't think the fans would be interested to watch that fight if it happened again."
Villegas: "Does it bother you personally, the way -- it bothers Marquez that officially, he doesn't have a win against you. Does it bother you that you don't have a win officially against Timothy Bradley?"
Pacquiao: "It doesn't bother me. I believe I have -- I don't have a doubt in my mind about the fight with Bradley."