PACQUIAO, MARQUEZ WEIGH IN BEFORE BOUT
[PHOTO -Manny Pacquiao, left, and Juan Manuel Marquez pose for photos during the weigh-in for their welterweight fight, Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, in Las Vegas. Pacquiao and Marquez are scheduled to face off on Saturday in their fourth fight. AP Photo/Julie Jacobson]
MANILA, DECEMBER 8, 2012 (INQUIRER) By Mark Giongco - Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao and Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez officially made weight Saturday for their fourth encounter at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
In a livestreaming of the event, Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KOs), who edged his Mexican rival in their third fight via majority decision in November 2011, tipped the scales at exactly 147 pounds.
Marquez (54-6-1, 39 KOs), who appeared to be the more chiseled fighter, on the other hand, weighed in at 143 pounds.
Both fighters are aiming for a definitive win this time around after their first three meetings ended in controversial wins.
The 39-year-old Marquez, who believed he won in all of the previous battles which all went the distance, forged a draw after getting dropped three times in the first round during their epic clash in May 2004.
Pacquiao, who turns 34 on December 17, dropped Marquez anew in their second fight but still it went on to be a tight affair with the eight-time division champion eking out the win via split decision in March 2008.
Jinky’s joy eases tension as fight nears By Roy Luarca Philippine Daily Inquirer
LAS VEGAS—Radiant and blooming, Jinkee Pacquiao was a picture of a dutiful wife Thursday (Friday in Manila).
She attended to her husband as they ate dinner in their suite at THE hotel of Mandalay Bay. Then in a display of affection, she hugged Manny from behind as cameras clicked and television crews recorded the couple’s stronger marital bond.
Obliging sportswriters for a brief interview, Jinkee said the situation within Team Pacquiao is now vastly different from that of last year, when her hubby tangled with Juan Manuel Marquez for the third time, and last June, when he battled Timothy Bradley.
“There’s no tension,” said Jinkee, who is running for vice governor of Sarangani province, where her husband is expected to retain his post as congressman unopposed.
“Light ang feeling,” Jinkee said in Filipino. “Manny is doing well in practice and he’s happy, so I’m not worried.”
She said Bradley’s disputed victory over Manny is now history.
“I’ve put that behind me, just like what Manny did,” added Jinkee. “Everything happens because it’s God’s will.”
She said she has accepted Manny’s decision to fight until 2014. “He really likes it (boxing), so I might as well support him.”
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