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Marquez, Pacquiao to Face Off Saturday
By Tim Dahlberg, The Associated Press, ForthWayne.com, 08 May 2004
LAS VEGAS - If Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao were heavyweights, no one would be asking, "What's wrong with boxing?" The featherweights meet Saturday night for the two titles held by Marquez in a battle of little sluggers who hit big. It's scheduled for 12 rounds, with neither fighter likely Read Full Story >>>
Championship bout has weight this time
By Chris Cozzone, Albuquerque Tribune, 08 May 2004
If all the recent heavyweight "championship" bouts have left a bad taste in your mouth, you will get a chance to restore your faith in boxing Saturday night when the top two featherweights in the world battle in Las Vegas, Nev.
In what should be considered the featherweight championship, World Bo Read Full Story >>>
Looking ahead isn't part of these fighters' plans
By Dean Juipe, Las Vegas Sun, 08 May 2004
It's impossible to look past or dismiss a two-belt world champion, yet Juan Manuel Marquez can be forgiven if he feels slighted even as his fight with Manny Pacquiao is at hand.
Marquez and Pacquiao fight Saturday at the MGM but throughout Thursday's final prefight press conference there was an o Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao-Marquez: Huge title fight
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 08 May 2004
LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- The standing score in the world boxing championship clashes between the Philippines and Mexico comprises a mismatch: 22-11 in favor of Mexico.
Luisito Espinosa, former WBC featherweight king, has five wins over Mexicans, the most by a Filipino boxer, followed by Manny Pacquia Read Full Story >>>
Berestain: Pacquiao a serious threat
By Nick Giongco, The Manila Bulletin, 08 May 2004
LAS VEGAS — Juan Manuel Marquez and the man who will yell instructions from his corner admitted on Thursday that Manny Pacquiao poses a serious threat to the Mexican’s bid to keep his World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation 126-lb belts.
"Muy deficil (It’s going to be hard), Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao, Marquez engage in pleasantries
By Dominic Menor, ABS-CBN News, 08 May 2004
Apologies and gestures of appreciation in the final news conference before what could be the year’s most important fight?
That could mean one thing: two fighters draining pleasantries to the last drop before they erupt in front of the world on Sunday (Saturday in Las Vegas) for the right to beco Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao foe bares weapon; odds soar favoring Filipino
By Recah Trinidad, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 08 May 2004
LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- His opponents paid tribute to Manny Pacquiao during formal ceremonies on Thursday as the "most dangerous featherweight in the world today."
Moments later, the Filipino boxing celebrity was given a strong 50-percent edge (2/1) to stop WBA/IBF featherweight champion Juan Manuel Read Full Story >>>
Marquez: My fists will do the talking
By Emmanuel B. Villaruel, The Freeman, 08 May 2004
“Anything else that needs to be said will be said on Saturday (Sunday Philippine time) with my two hands.”
This was the undermining vow tossed by Mexican Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez (42-2, 33 KOs) during the final news conference promoting his IBF and WBA featherwight title defense against the Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao to come out with guns firing
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, The Manila Standard, 08 May 2004
Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach, the man who draws up the gameplan for the fights of Manny Pacquiao, said yesterday that his ward “is explosive and we are coming out there with guns firing” in his war with World Boxing Association/International Boxing Federation featherweight champion Juan Manuel Read Full Story >>>
Sayson: Better than 100%
By Homer D. Sayson, Sun.Star Cebu, 08 May 2004
CHICAGO – My attempt to nail a pre-fight interview with Manny Pacquiao yesterday turned out to be an uneventful TKO. The world’s best featherweight was out of his MGM Grand hotel room when I called, and I was advised that the champ was done talking to the media, at least until after tomorrow’s tussl Read Full Story >>>
Oyson: Make mine Marquez
By Manuel N. Oyson Jr., Sun.Star Cebu, 08 May 2004
TOMORROW is a moment of truth for Manny Pacquiao. Whether or not he can justify the glowing advance billing installing him as the People’s Champion and installing him as 7-5 favorite over WBA/IBF featherweight king Juan Manuel Marquez is another story. Ring Magazine dubs Pacquiao as the People’s Fea Read Full Story >>>
Odds grow in favor of Paquiao
By Nick Giongco, The Manila Bulletin, 08 May 2004
LAS VEGAS — As far as oddsmakers are concerned, there is only a 25 percent chance that Juan Manuel Marquez would win Saturday night’s featherweight encounter with Manny Pacquiao by knockout.
According to the sports book display at the MGM Grand, a $1 bet for a Marquez knockout win would result Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao, foe to get $500,000 each
By Lito A. Tacujan, The Philippine Star, 08 May 2004
Las Vegas, Nevada — No fireworks, no trash talk, only a cold statement of mission for Saturday night all-out war in the desert.
In fact, consensus featherweight champion Manny Pacquiao, carrying the hopes of the entire nation back home, and Mexican titlist Juan Manuel Marquez showed mutual respe Read Full Story >>>
Short and Sweet
By James Blears, BoxingScene.com, 08 May 2004
Their combined weight might be less than one giant heavyweight, but Manny and (Juan) Manuel promise us a true classic.
Manny's prediction that Juan won't last three rounds looks rather unrealistic. The Mexican comes to this fight on a thirteen winning streak, and has actually been physically pre Read Full Story >>>
Will referee be ‘firm but fair?’
By Joaquin Henson, The Philippine Star, 08 May 2004
Referee Joe Cortez is no stranger to Manny Pacquiao. The New Yorker of Puerto Rican descent worked Pacquiao’s fight against Lehlo Ledwaba at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas three years ago.
On Sunday morning (Manila time), Cortez will be back in the ring with Pacquiao at the same venue. Read Full Story >>>
Marquez chases legacy!
By Ralph Gonzalez, FightNews.com, 07 May 2004
On August 21 1981, Mexican featherweight champ Salvador Sanchez stepped into the ring at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas against undefeated knockout artist and junior featherweight king Wilfredo Gomez of Puerto Rico. Gomez had 32 wins and 32 knockouts and was now moving up to featherweight in order to Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao, Marquez out for feather supremacy
ESPN.com, 07 May 2004
LAS VEGAS -- Manny Pacquiao looks to solidify his claim as the best 126-pounder in the world Saturday night when he meets WBA and IBF featherweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
A hard-hitting southpaw, Pacquiao (38-2-1, 30 KOs) is widely considered one of the premi Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao focused on Marquez
BBC Sport, 07 May 2004
Manny Pacquiao says he is fully focused on Juan Manuel Marquez ahead of their featherweight blockbuster in Las Vegas on Saturday.
Filipino Pacquiao is after Marquez's WBA and IBF belts having destroyed M Read Full Story >>>
JUAN THE MAN TO BACK IN VEGAS
By Derek Bilton, Sportinglife.com (UK), 07 May 2004
After a month watching some good, bad and sometimes downright ugly heavyweight action, it's the sport's little men who step up to the plate this weekend.
When I heard that Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez had signed to fight each other a few months back, the sceptic in me was willing to wag Read Full Story >>>
Manny Pacquiao Has “The Look”
By Martin Wade, DogHouseBoxing.com, 07 May 2004
We all know the look, brows furrowed, eyes that tell of poverty and the intent to bring malice. Its forebears are men of menace, men from places like the Mississippi Delta and Panama. There is no pretense in a man who has the loo Read Full Story >>>