When the fourth fight between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez was announced, fight fans were surprised with some saying why go for Pacquiao vs Marquez 4 if the Filipino champion has something to prove against tormentor Timothy Bradley.
But those questions were answered in the first episode of HBO’s 24/7 Pacquiao vs Marquez 4. The episode opened with Top Rank promoter Bob Arum citing great rivalries in boxing such as Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, and Arturo Gatti and Micky Ward, who both had historic trilogies.
Arum lined up the rivalry between Pacquiao and Marquez with the best ever rivalries in boxing history, an attempt to prove that the Marquez fight is the best option for the Filipino eight-division champion.
“To be a great rivalry, it has to be competitive, obviously, because if it’s not competitive, it’s not really a rivalry,” Arum strongly said.
Pacquiao and Marquez have met in three actions packed bouts, which all ended in controversial decisions. The first one ended in a draw, while the next two bouts went in favor of Pacquiao via close decisions with the third one ending in highly-disputed majority decision.
A trilogy was not enough and 36 rounds did not justify who the better fighter is – the reason why a fourth showdown between two bitter rivals was arranged on December 8 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Pacquiao vs Marquez 4 24/7 narrator Live Schreiber said: “There is an expectation in boxing that the most ferocious, the most competitive of conflicts can be settled over the course of the trilogy. Thirty-six rounds over the past eight years have not been enough.”
On the other hand, Marquez said: “People say why Pacquiao again. And I said because I want to prove who is better and I want the referee to raise my hand.”
While Marquez is looking to show that he is better than his Filipino nemesis, Pacquiao wants to erase all the doubts about his two victories against the Mexican warrior. Pacquiao knows that the third fight was disputable, but he has no doubts about his victory in their second showdown.
Talking about their second fight, Pacquiao said: “After the eighth round Freddie told me the fight was becoming too close and we needed to win the last four rounds to avoid the close decision we had in our first fight. I stopped counterpunching in those last four and attacked him constantly. Staying away from his right hand helped me to score more too. Freddie’s advice was right and I thought it was a clear victory for me that night because I won those last four rounds.”
The second episode of HBO’s “24/7 Pacquiao vs Marquez 4” all-access reality series will be on Saturday – November 24 at 12:15 AM Eastern Time. The third one will be on December 1, while the finale will be aired the night before their highly-anticipated blockbuster showdown.