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Marquez 'ready to die' against Pacquiao

ESPN staff
July 9, 2011
Juan Manuel Marquez is yet to beat Manny Pacquiao, although he has pushed him hard on two occasions © Getty Images

Juan Manuel Marquez has fired a chilling warning to Manny Pacquiao ahead of their third meeting, which will take place on November 12 in Las Vegas.

The first battle between the two ended in a controversial draw, while Pacquiao's split-decision triumph in 2008 was also highly contentious.

Now Marquez, who brings in a 53-5-1 record, is bidding to settle the score against the man who has emerged as the planet's finest pugilist in the years since they last met.

"I'll go for the kill or die trying," Marquez told the Manila Standard. "I'm prepared to go toe to toe with him. This time there will not be any controversy. Either I'm going to win by knockout or he's going to knock me out, and yes I will be fighting with intelligence."

Marquez's most recent defeat came in September 2009 against Floyd Mayweather Jnr, who - at long last - looks likely to face Pacquiao at some point next year. Pacquiao's promoter, Bob Arum, revealed this week that his charge is willing to meet Mayweather's blood-testing demands, which have previously brought a close to negotiations.

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