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Pacquiao trainer 'worried' by Marquez deal

ESPN staff
May 26, 2011
Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao have met twice before © Getty Images

Manny Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach is desperate to "shut up" the Juan Manuel Marquez camp when the fighters meet for a third time on November 12 in Las Vegas.

The previous two bouts have both been mired in controversy - the first, which saw Marquez floored three times in the first round, was declared a draw even though most felt Pacquiao was outboxed for the majority.

The second time they met, four years later in 2008, Pacquiao won a split decision that outraged Marquez, who had thrown and landed more punches in the fight.

Now Marquez (52-5-1, 38 KOs) has one final chance to gain revenge - and that is a thought that strikes fear into Roach.

"What makes me nervous about that fight though, is that sometimes people have people's numbers, and he might have Manny's number, you know?" Roach told livefight.com.

"He knows how to fight Manny Pacquiao. I know Manny Pacquiao has come a long way since then, he's a much more complete fighter now than he was back then ... it's not an easy fight. I've got my work cut out for me, I know. And I'm a little nervous about the fight, you've got to understand.

"But it's the fight I want. It's the one that I've been asking for because I wanna shut them up and prove to them that they never got robbed."

While Marquez has agreed to the fight, Pacquiao is yet to sign off on the bout - although he is expected to give the green light imminently.

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