The saying goes the third time is the charm, but Juan Manuel Marquez hopes that saying extends to four.
With no belts on the line, Marquez will square off against the legendary Manny Pacquiao for the fourth time Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Their last fight ended in controversy with Pacquiao winning by a unanimous decision. The crowd would boo the judges, but Pacquiao did land more total punches and more power punches in the contest.
In his next fight karma may have caught up with Pacquiao, who lost an even more controversial bout to American Michael Bradley for the WBO Welterweight belt in June.
Marquez also moved on but with better results, beating Serhiy Fedchenko in a unanimous decision for the interim WBO Light Welterweight title
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Prediction: Pacquiao is eager prove himself after his last fight with Marquez, and should come out on fire. Marquez has shown he can go the distance with the very powerful Pacquiao, and as long as he can take the Pac-Mans heavy blows he has a strong chance to win. Look for this bout to go to another decision, with Pacquiao edging out the victory.
When: Saturday, Dec. 8 at 9 p.m. ET
Where: MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Cost: $59.99 on HBO Pay-Per-View
Super Featherweight Title: Yuriorkis Gamboa (-1100) vs. Michael Farenas (+650)
Lightweight Title: Miguel Vazquez (-150) vs. Mercito Gesta (+120)
Featherweight Title: Javier Fortuna (-1000) vs. Patrick Hyland (+600)
Main Event: Manny Pacquiao (-270) vs. Juan Manuel Marquez (+210)
Tale of the Tape
Height: 5’6 ½”
Weight: 147 lbs.
Height: 5’7 ½”
Weight: 143 lbs.