Lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez will undergo a four and half month training schedule in hopes of gradually adding on weight for his November 12 trilogy bout with Manny Pacquiao.
The 144 pound catchweight will mark Marquez’ second appearance above lightweight. In September 2009, he was widely outpointed by Floyd Mayweather at a catchweight bout of 142 pounds. This time, Marquez says the extended training camp will prevent the slow reaction time he exhibited against Mayweather.
“I think that we are going to take four months and a half for this preparation, for the fight in November,” Marquez explained to ESPN Deportes. “Why? Because we are going to work the weight-gain hard. We are going to work on strength in the shoulders, arms, and legs, and that’s why I think we’ll take four and a half months, even possibly five, for this fight.”
Their two previous encounters, a 2004 draw and 2008 split decision Pacquiao win, are bouts still debated amongst fans. While Marquez has won the majority of the rounds in each fight, Pacquiao’s power has been the equalizer; Marquez was knocked down three times in the first fight and once in the rematch. To finally defeat Pacquiao, Marquez’s revealed his strategy will combine his famed counter-punching with movement.
“We worked very calmly. These fights are like playing a game of chess,” he detailed. “One must move their pieces well and I think this fight is like that: like a chess game, to move well, and not get connected on by the punches of Manny Pacquiao, to throw punches in combination, and from there be cautious in moving, without
showing a weak spot.”
The entire Spanish interview can be viewed HERE.
Note – Above English translations provided by Bogotazo of eastsideboxing.com forums