Juan Manuel Marquez acknowledged the rivalry between him and Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao

source: abs-cbnnews.com Mexican boxing legend Juan Manuel Marquez has acknowledged the rivalry between him and Filipino ring icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao but said he holds no animosity or hatred towards the current pound-for-pound king. “After 2 hard fights, there is a rivalry,” Marquez told Examiner.com. “But any talk of hate between me and Pacquiao is ridiculous. We are not friends, we are just rivals.” Pacquiao and Marquez are fighting for the 3rd time on November 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Their 2 previous fights both ended in controversy: their first bout in 2004 ended in a draw, while their 2008 rematch was a split decision victory for Pacquiao. Pacquiao knocked down Marquez 3 times in the first round of their 2004 bout, and again in the 3rd round of their 2008 rematch. But Marquez rallied both times and the fights went the distance. Despite the close nature of both bouts, Marquez maintained that he and Pacquiao are just rivals and that there is no bad blood between them. Marquez and Pacquiao, however, have vowed that all questions will be answered on November 12. Pacquiao and his trainer, Freddie Roach, are both aiming for a decisive victory this time around, while Marquez is also promising to knock out the Filipino champion.
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