Here's the HBO Sports team discussing the November 12 pay-per-view main event between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez:
Max Kellerman says that he's heard Marquez isn't training as hard as usual, and calls on some history:
"Marquez, I'm getting reports, has not been taking this fight, or appears not to be training with the same vigor as he has in the past. Pacquiao still looks spectacular. It all adds up to what should be an enormous advantage for Pacquiao. But speaking of psychological incentives for Marquez, it reminds me of The Thrilla in Manila, in a way, where Muhammad Ali was told, 'Don't worry about Joe Frazier. He's done.' Ali didn't train seriously. He heard Frazier wasn't training seriously, either. And sometime during that brutal fight, Ali leans over to Frazier and says, 'I heard you were all finished, Joe.' And as Frazier digs in for another left hook, he says, 'They lied to ya, champ. They lied.''
His colleague, Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward, still believes that the weight will hurt Marquez in the fight, and that he should just come in light:
"I think (the weight) reduces his chances. When he was preparing for his last fight (Michael Katsidis, Nov. 2010) and we interviewed him, he was fighting at 135. He had told us that he was 132 pounds about a week or so before the fight. So at best he's not even really a full lightweight, as far as I'm concerned, he's just between lightweight and junior lightweight. I think 144 pounds will not work too good for him. His frame is not good for that. I think his best weight should come in about 135, 136, regardless what the contract is."