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Mayweather vs Pacquiao: Manny says he's better since Marquez KO

Manny Pacquiao admits he learned the hard way against Marquez, but he learned nonetheless.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Any number of people view Pacquiao as a cracked egg after getting flattened by Marquez in their fourth bout. I'm not one of those people. And the good thing is that Manny isn't either, as he believes that he's become a better fighter since Marquez hit the light switch. He's certainly a more cautious fighter now, but is he a better fighter? Well I guess there's no better opponent to prove it against than Mayweather.

"I think I have become a better fighter since my last loss," said Pacquiao.

"The lesson I learned from my loss to Juan Manuel Marquez was patience. I got too over anxious when I had Marquez hurt...knockouts should never be forced," said Pacquiao.

Now the question is whether or not Pacquiao's more reserved approach to fighting will suit him in the biggest fight of his life. I, myself, still think Manny is what he is. If you catch him with a good shot, Manny ferocity always emerges and he wants to fight right back. When he's cruising against over-matched opponents, he doesn't fight with such bad intentions. But he's invariably going to get caught in this fight, and when he does I have no doubt that he's going to attempt to storm back because that's just his natural inclination. Whether or not that proves to play into Floyd's hands is just another one of the fascinating story lines of this megafight.

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