The Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez series continues this December as the two will go mano a mano and toe-to-toe once again in a 12-round welterweight battle between two of this era’s top pound for pound and evenly matched fighters. Pacquiao-Márquez 4, the eagerly anticipated fourth act of their fistoric rivalry that has had fans and media standing on their feet for 36 action-packed rounds, will take place Saturday, December 8. Right here, find a collection of quotes and photos from their opening press conference, as the two begin a familiar path.
“Our previous fights against each other brought out the best in us,” said Pacquiao.
“Of all the opponents I have fought, Juan Manuel Márquez is the only one who was able to anticipate many of my moves and effectively counter a lot of them. I underestimated him in our last fight but I will not make that mistake this time. Freddie Roach and I will make the most of every training day to prepare for Juan Manuel which is why my all my training will take place at Wild Card in Hollywood. No days will be wasted traveling between training camps in the Philippines and California. When I walk into the ring on December 8, it will be another opportunity to bring honor and glory to my country and to my fellow Filipinos in the Philippines and around the world.”
“I am very excited to be fighting Manny again,” countered Márquez. “I beat him the first three fights but did not get the decision; this time I will beat him again and I also will get the victory officially. It’s an election year and I am going to win by a landslide.”
“This fight I truly believe will be the best of the four that these two great warriors have engaged in. After Pacquiao won a close decision from Márquez, both Pacquiao and Márquez want to win decisively to erase any doubts,” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum.
“Fight fans everywhere love rivalries and the competition between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Márquez has been intense and furious since day one and still is unresolved,” said Mark Taffet of HBO Pay-Per-View. “We are delighted to work once again with both of these future Hall of Famers.”
“The third battle between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Márquez was one of the biggest fights of 2011 and we look forward to another sensational event in December,” said Richard Sturm, president of Entertainment & Sports for MGM Resorts International. “It is an honor to host this international championship event as we end another successful year of boxing at MGM Grand.”
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions, Zanfer Promotions, Márquez Boxing, Tecate and MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, tickets to Pacquiao-Márquez 4 will go on sale Friday, September 28 at 1:00 p.m. ET / 10:00 a.m. PT. Tickets are priced at $1,200, $900, $600, $400 and $200 and are limited to 10 per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.