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Ricky Burns to face Mexican Miguel Vazquez in world title unification match in March

Burns eyes Wembley glory! Champion set for world title unification fight with Vazquez

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Martin Domin

PUBLISHED:

11:25 GMT, 14 January 2013

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UPDATED:

00:07 GMT, 15 January 2013

Ricky Burns will take on Mexican Miguel Vazquez in a mouthwatering lightweight world title unification clash at Wembley Arena on March 16.

The Scotsman has been out of action since brutally knocking out British rival Kevin Mitchell in Glasgow last September and turned down the chance to face American superstar and WBC champion Adrien Broner in Atlantic City next month.

But Burns, 29, will instead bid to add Vazquez's IBF belt to his own WBO strap in what will be the toughest fight of his career to date.

Fully focused: Ricky Burns will return to the ring in March against Miguel Vazquez

Fully focused: Ricky Burns will return to the ring in March against Miguel Vazquez

'The last time I boxed down at Wembley against Michael Katsidis, the crowd were excellent,' Burns said. 'I'm really looking forward to it.

'This is a dream come true for me. Any boxer would be happy winning two world titles at two weights and retire, but for me I want to continue winning more world titles, unifying them and stepping up the weight divisions. Vazquez is a top fighter and one that I’ve been after a long time so I’m over the moon that it’s happening.'

Burns also denied he was avoiding American superstar Adrien Broner after turning down the chance to fight the unbeaten 23-year-old in Atlantic City.

'Anybody that knows me, knows I'm a fighter,' he added. 'I want to fight the best. i didn't feel seven weeks was enough time to prepare [for Broner], I need 12 weeks.'

Having won the WBO
super-featherweight title with a shock victory over Roman Martinez in
2010, Burns became a two-weight world champion the following year, first
winning the interim WBO lightweight belt against Michael Katsidis
before being awarded the strap outright when Juan Manuel Marquez
relinquished the title.

Fight club: A Queen Elizabeth look-alike poses with Nathan Cleverly, George Groves, Dereck Chisora and Burns

Fight club: A Queen Elizabeth look-alike poses with Nathan Cleverly, George Groves, Dereck Chisora and Burns

Burns made a successful first defence
against Ghanian Paulus Moses last March before his stunning
fourth-round victory over Mitchell in front of 10,000 passionate home
fans.

He was due to face Liam Walsh at the
ExCeL Arena in London in December but his opponent pulled out after a
car accident. His replacement, Jose Ocampo, then withdrew just days
before the fight after his trainer died.

Vazquez, meanwhile, has lost three of
his 36 fights but only to the highest calibre of opponent. He suffered
defeat on his debut by compatriot Saul Alvarez in 2006 and was also
beaten in a rematch two years later.

Title showdown: Burns celebrates his victory over Kevin Mitchell in September

Title showdown: Burns celebrates his victory over Kevin Mitchell in September

Sandwiched in between came a unanimous
defeat by Timothy Bradley, who has gone on to become a two-weight world
champion with a controversial victory over Manny Pacquiao last year.

Also on the Wembley card will be
Nathan Cleverly's mandatory defence of his WBO light-heavyweight title
against Robin Krasniqi, George Groves' European super-middleweight clash
with Mohamed Ali Ndiaye and Dereck Chisora's return to the ring,
assuming he is granted a licence by the British Boxing Board of Control.

Boxing review of 2012, by Jeff Powell, with Ricky Hatton, Manny Pacquiao and more

Jeff Powell's review of 2012, with Ricky Hatton, Manny Pacquiao and more

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UPDATED:

21:40 GMT, 24 December 2012

'Tis the season to put on a few pounds, let the stitches heal the wounds, to soothe the swollen hands, take the weight off the feet without every second counting… and confer the annual awards.

Anno Domni 2012 began with Muhammad Ali further defying Parkinson’s by reaching his landmark 70th birthday. It ended with Manny Pacquiao being knocked flat out of contention as pound-for-pound king by the anatomically reconstructed 39-year-old Juan Manuel Marquez.

Between those ring-posts, history was made…

BOXER OF THE YEAR

Sergio Martinez achieved, at last, the recognition and the world title of which he had been deprived for too long.

The Argentine matinee idol, having begun his year by knocking out our own Matthew Macklin, went on to beat Son of Chavez and thus overcome the boxing politics in which he had been unfairly entangled.

He did so with a master-class for 11 rounds of dazzling style against Julio Cesar Jnr, capped off by his courageous recovery from a 12th round knock-down. The classic middleweight division found its latest successor to Sugar Ray Robinson.

Champ: Sergio Martinez recovered from a late knockdown to claim victory over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr

Champ: Sergio Martinez recovered from a late knockdown to claim victory over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr

BRITISH BOXER OF THE YEAR

Carl Froch, the outstanding fighter of his UK generation, gritted his teeth to come back from last year.s disappointing Super Six Final defeat by the accomplished Andre Ward.

He did so in commanding fashion, putting an end to the fancied Lucien Bute's unbeaten record to regain a world super-middleweight title.

A similar stoppage blitzing of Yusaf Mack not only gave the Nottingham Cobra a rousing homecoming but served notice on Ward and Mikkel Kessler that he intends, in 2013, to avenge the only two defeats of his warrior career.

Pride of Britain: Carl Froch was back to his brilliant best in 2012, especially against Yusaf Mack

Pride of Britain: Carl Froch was back to his brilliant best in 2012, especially against Yusaf Mack

WOMAN BOXER OF THE YEAR

Nicola Adams took her indelible place in the record books by becoming the first female to win Olympic gold in the boxing ring.

The wee lass from Leeds lit up London 2012 with her sunshine smile and lifted the roof off the cacophonous ExCel Arena by decking Chinese legend Can Can Ren en route to winning her historic final.

FIGHT OF THE YEAR

Manny Pacquiao v Juan Manuel Marquez*.

The asterix is there because the veteran Mexican idol had turned to a self-confessed former Olympics steroid provider to build him up physically in his desperation to secure a result against the legendary PacMan at the fourth attempt.

Marquez consistently denied using drugs to turn himself into a mini Arnold Schwarzenagger. So while there is no boxer of the year accolade from me, there is no denying that the Las Vegas night in its own right, with both men floored before Marquez landed his Hail Mary punch as Pacquiao appeared to be on the point of sixth round victory, was the thriller of 2012.

A broken man: Juan Manuel Marquez finally got the better of his old foe Manny Pacquiao

A broken man: Juan Manuel Marquez finally got the better of his old foe Manny Pacquiao

TRAINER OF THE YEAR

Rob McCracken not only brought Froch back from the professional brink to a third world title but also guided Team GB’s boxers to a rich medal haul at London 2012.

The first part of that double act has set up Britain's top prize-fighter for block-busting world super-middleweight title re-matches against Kessler and Ward in the coming 12 months.

The second part delivered not only Olympic glory but increased funding for this country’s amateur boxers.

SWANSONG OF THE YEAR

Ricky Hatton returned to the stage of pain for one last hurrah… and hurrah it was even though he over-matched himself after more than three years' absence by taking on an immediate past world champion.

We still love you: Ricky Hatton gave his fans once last chance to see him action, but was defeated

We still love you: Ricky Hatton gave his fans once last chance to see him action, but was defeated

The Hitman paid the price in the form of a crippling blow to that part of his body rendered most vulnerable by his past life of hard-boozing, his liver.

But he was ahead on the score-cards at the time and remains dear to the hearts of his army of fans, a sell-out 20,000 of whom sang him out of the ring for the last time and into a future as a trainer and promoter.

The sound of bells ringing in the ears – rather than the church steeples at this time of year – has stopped for the moment, but the memories linger on. Happy Christmas.

Floyd Mayweather reveals $40m offer to fight Manny Pacquiao

'Who wouldn't want to lose for $40m' Mayweather reveals his offer to Pacquiao

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11:07 GMT, 18 December 2012

Floyd Mayweather has reiterated claims that he
offered Manny Pacquiao the biggest payday of his career to face him in a
$100million superfight.

Pacquiao's defeat by Juan Manuel Marquez earlier this month cast further doubt on a potential mega-fight with Mayweather materialising anytime soon.

Mayweather has two dates set for next year – in May and September – and is yet to reveal his opponents.

But he has revealed that he did make Pacquiao a lucrative offer to fight him, raising hopes that the pair could eventually go toe-to-toe in the ring.

Big money: Floyd Mayweather has reiterated claims that he offered Manny Pacquiao $40million to fight him

Big money: Floyd Mayweather has reiterated claims that he offered Manny Pacquiao $40million to fight him

'I have footage of Manny Pacquiao
talking about what I offered him. I offered him $40m and I told him to
accept that and we could talk about the rest,' said Mayweather.

'The proof is in the pudding. He
received $6m against Timothy Bradley and $8m in this one [against Juan
Manuel Marquez]. What guy wouldn't want to be in a position to take a
loss for $40m He could have made a lot more fighting me.

'I'm very, very comfortable
[financially]. I have great business outside of boxing and all I want to
do is to continue to help the young fighters who are up-and-coming so
the sport of boxing can live on.'

Mayweather returns to the
ring in Las Vegas on May 4 for his first fight since his release from
prison and he admitted that the stretch inside was difficult.

Good to talk: Mayweather claims he has already discussed a potential fight with Pacquiao

Good to talk: Mayweather claims he has already discussed a potential fight with Pacquiao

'I did my time in the hole. I was
locked up for 23 hours a day in a small box and only coming out for one
hour, and at weekends not at all,' he said.

'Not being able to see nothing, not having any contact with anyone can hurt anybody.

'That was a crucial moment for me but
I'm strong and I'm happy to be home. I've got something to live for; my
four children, I want to give them the best education.'

Rising American star Adrien Broner, meanwhile, has been hailed as the successor to pound-for-pound No 1 Mayweather – and has already taught him a lesson on the basketball court.

Broner, 23, the WBC lightweight world champion, has stopped 21 of his 25 opponents and could meet Scotland's Ricky Burns next spring in a mouthwatering unification clash.

On the ball: Mayweather takes on Adrien Broner in a charity basketball game

On the ball: Mayweather takes on Adrien Broner in a charity basketball game

But he showed he can also hold his own outside the ring with a starring role in a charity basketball game in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Nicknamed 'The Problem', Broner went head-to-head with Mayweather, mesmerising the 35-year-old with his close control before leaving him for dead and scoring a basket.

He then performed a spectacular flip in celebration during a match which also featured Amir Khan's conqueror Danny Garcia.

Floyd Mayweather ready to fight Manny Pacquiao in September

Mayweather: I feel bad for Manny… $100m superfight must wait until September nowFloyd Mayweather Jr confirms May 4 comebackBoxer tells Pacquiao to come through tune-up fights firstWait for $100m superfight could end on September 14

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18:38 GMT, 13 December 2012

Floyd Mayweather Jnr has not ruled out facing Manny Pacquiao in boxing's first $100million superfight – but only after the battered Filipino has at least one warm-up bout.

Pacquiao was knocked out cold by the brutal right hand of Juan Manuel Marquez in Las Vegas last Saturday, a result which looked to end hopes of the 33-year-old facing Mayweather.

But the five-weight world champion insists he remains interested in fighting his pound-for-pound rival, if terms can be agreed.

May the fourth be with you: Floyd Mayweather has confirmed his return to the ring will take place on May 4

May the fourth be with you: Floyd Mayweather has confirmed his return to the ring will take place on May 4

Wrong side of the law: Mayweather served two months in prison before his release in August

Wrong side of the law: Mayweather served two months in prison before his release in August

'Pacquiao's focus should on be on
trying to take a vacation, get his mind right, and get a few tune-up
fights so he can bounce back,' Mayweather told Fight Hype.

'I feel bad for him. There's a
difference in the ways you can get knocked out. See, when a guy gets
knocked out and he can get up, they sit him on his stool, rub his back
and he goes home to ice himself.

'But when you gotta wake a guy up
with smelling salts and got a concussion and he gotta go to hospital
overnight, that's crucial. I mean, that's close to death.

'When I offered Manny Pacquiao $40m, I told him I would wire him $20m up front, just agree to the guaranteed $40m.

'He told me [he wanted] 50/50 and then hopped off the phone.'

Mayweather will return to action on
May 4 at the MGM Grand, his first bout since serving two months of an
87-day prison sentence for assaulting his ex-girlfriend.

All smiles: Manny Pacquiao arrives at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila with his wife Jinkee following his defeat to Marquez

Smiles better: Manny Pacquiao arrives at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila with his wife Jinkee following his defeat to Marquez (below)

Pacquiao was knocked out by Marquez in Las Vegas last week

Pacquiao was knocked out by Marquez in Las Vegas last week

He also revealed he is considering hiring his father, Floyd Snr, as his trainer after his uncle Roger took ill.

The pair have a fractured relationship and Floyd Jnr ejected his dad from his gym last year before his fight with Victor Ortiz.

'We don't really know what the future
holds for Floyd Mayweather as far as who's gonna be the trainer, but
I'm leaning towards my father at this particular time,' he added.

'My dad has to realise that I'm an
adult. I just want my dad to accept and respect me as an adult. I think
my dad still looks at me as his 10-year-old son.'

Back in action: Mayweather also has a date schemed in his diary to fight in September

Back in action: Mayweather also has a date schemed in his diary to fight in September

Mayweather will also fight on
September 14 and while no opponents have been announced for either date,
names in the frame include Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez and Robert Guerrero.

The 35-year-old, who remains
undefeated after 43 fights, and holds the WBC welterweight and WBA
(Super) light-middleweight world titles, concluded: 'I don't know who my
team has scouted but whoever it is, it's going to be an exciting show.

'I can't wait. I'm looking to go out there and perform and look well for my fans.'

Amir Khan"s former trainer Freddie Roach reveals wrist injury

Amir's chin is fine (…but his right hand is an issue): Former trainer Freddie Roach reveals Khan's wrist injury

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UPDATED:

19:56 GMT, 13 December 2012

The problem with Amir Khan is not his chin, it’s his right hand.

Freddie Roach, the world renowned trainer sacked by Khan after the knock-out which has put his career in jeopardy, has revealed the injury which has to be overcome on the climb back to the boxing summit.

As if regaining world titles is not tough enough, Roach spelled out the extra degree of difficulty confronting Khan as he goes into his rehabilitation fight against local hero Carlos Molina here tomorrow night.

With Khan no longer in attendance and Manny Pacquiao back in the Philippines licking his wounds after his shock KO by Juan Manuel Marquez, the fabled Wild Card gym in Hollywood was relatively quiet as Roach explained why Khan’s move up in weight divisions, to light-welter, is not the reason for his apparently reduced punching power of late.

Wounded: Roach believes Khan's right wrist injury could cause him problems

Wounded: Roach believes Khan's right wrist injury could cause him problems

Roach said: ‘Amir’s hitting as hard as ever in sparring because he knows that if something goes wrong its not as important in the gym as if it happens in a fight in the ring. The problem is that he’s a little wary throwing his right hand now.

‘He suffered some damage to the right wrist a while back and once any fighter gets hand trouble it’s with him for the rest of his life.

'That’s part of boxing and you have to live with it. He doesn’t want it to go again in a fight. It often stops him punching properly with the right as well.’

Amir Khan sparring

Amir Khan sparring

Must win: Khan knows he can't afford another loss after losing his last two contests to Garcia and Peterson

Roach talks about Khan with genuine concern, even though the young man from Bolton chose to move up the California coast to join rival trainer Virgil Hunter in the San Francisco bay area.

‘You get hired and you get fired in this game,’ says Roach. ‘It doesn’t bother me. Amir said he wanted me to make him my priority but as Manny Pacquiao’s trainer I couldn’t do that.

'What did surprise me was when he came out with that stuff about my Parkinson’s affecting me. If there was a problem with me as his trainer why ask me to put him before Manny

‘Was I disappointed Yeah. But I don’t care. I don’t wanna be angry with Amir. He’s a good boy. Works hard. I wish him well. We had three good years. He was never a problem.’

What Roach does not believe is Khan’s insistence that Hunter has already changed him into a more mature, better defensive, smarter boxer.

Khan was knocked off his world championship perch by Danny Garcia’s thunderbolt left hook earlier this year and Roach, who saw Pacquiao suffer an even more devastating shock from Marquez on Saturday, says: ‘Of course when Amir came back to the corner I told him to use his jab for a round or two and stay out of trouble. Then he could have gone back to beating up Garcia the way he was before he got caught by that strange punch to the neck.

‘But that’s not his instinct. He likes to exchange. He’s a fighter. When he gets hit and hurt his instinct is to hit back. No trainer in the world can change that. Amir will always fight that way and he can do it most of the time because I don’t believe he has an especially suspect chin.'

Khan was brutally punished by Danny Garcia in Las Vegas last time out

Khan was brutally punished by Danny Garcia in Las Vegas last time out

He added: ‘He made the same mistake as Manny, instead of continuing to dart in and out he stayed in the pocket too long when he sensed he was close to winning and got caught by a huge shot. That’s also boxing. But I will always be an offensive trainer because that’s the way to win fights.

‘I don’t know how good a trainer Virgil Hunter is. I know he’s got a great fighter in Andre Ward but however good he is Amir will box aggressive whenever he fights.’

Khan accepts he cannot afford a third successive defeat now but Roach says: ‘He should be okay, even though he should still be a little careful.’ He passes on that warning from his own unbeaten prospect Frankie Gomez, who fights on the undercard here.

Roach says: ‘Frankie fought Molina in the amateurs and tells me he punches harder than his record suggests. Still, Molina is small and Amir should win. You never know what psychological damage may have been done by a big knock-out until the fighter gets in the ring. But I don’t see Amir troubled. And I don’t see that in Manny either.’

Far from splitting from Roach, Pacquiao has invited his trainer to spend Christmas with him in the Philippines as they plot the return of the PacMan.

But if they do go ahead with a fifth Marquez fight Roach will insist on Olympic standard drugs testing. Eyebrows were raised at the muscular transformation of Marquez and his elevated punching power, not least because he recently hired as his physical conditioner one Angel Heredia, who confessed to supplying shamed American Olympic athletes Marion Jones and Tim Montgomery with steroids. Both he and Marquez deny any wrong-doing.

Fourth time lucky: Marquez finally got the better of Khan's former gym-mate Pacquiao

Fourth time lucky: Marquez finally got the better of Khan's former gym-mate Pacquiao

Juan Manuel Marquez celebrates after defeating Manny Pacquiao by a sixth round knockout in their welterweight bout

Roach reveals that he asked for random blood testing prior to Saturday’s shock, adding: ‘The Marquez people refused. I went to the (Nevada) commission but it is their practice not to do that unless both sides agree. If not, they just take a urine test on fight night. But that can be too late.

‘I’m not saying anything specific about Marquez but its not good for boxing if cheats win. There is too much stuff going on now about drugs. We had it with Lamont Peterson being on steroids before he was adjudged to have beaten Amir. It’s not right.’

Pacquiao’s chin is not his problem, either. Roach explains: ‘That punch from Marquez would have knocked out anyone. The issue with Manny will be that even if we don’t get agreement on drugs testing in our training camps, Manny will fight him again, anyway.’

Roach would still prefer that fourth re-match – and, yes, then the big one against Floyd Mayweather – to having Pacquiao start taking on ‘the young guns like Brandon Rios.’

Mayweather After that KO

‘Floyd has got the perfect excuse not to fight Manny now,’ says Roach. ‘But I say why not do the fight. Mayweather is talking about having two fights next year. The first looks like being against Tim Bradley (the beneficiary of a scandalous decision over Pacquiao). Then they are talking about Canelo Alvarez. But that’s too early in Canelo’s career. He needs to continue developing.

‘Canelo is already a bigger star than Floyd in many places so it makes financial sense, also, to let that build towards a mega-fight in 2014. So why not fight Manny after Bradley’

Roach remains convinced of this: ‘I still believe that there are only two men who can beat Mayweather. And they are Pacquiao and Khan.’

Wrap those wrists tight! Roach warns Khan to wrap his hands properly to prevent any further damage

Wrap those wrists tight! Roach warns Khan to wrap his hands properly to prevent any further damage

If Khan is to get that opportunity in the future, he must win in the historic Los Angeles Arena here and now.

To help ensure that victory, his immediate past trainer gives him one reminder, for free: ‘I hope he doesn’t forget to wrap his hands properly. I always wrapped them really stiff because he needs that to protect that right wrist.’

Manny Pacquiao says Juan Manuel Marquez deserved to win at MGM Grand

Pacquiao: Marquez deserved to beat me… but I'm not quite finished yet

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13:40 GMT, 9 December 2012

Manny Pacquiao admitted Juan Manuel Marquez deserved his victory in the pair's fourth fight, at the MGM Grand in the early hours of Sunday morning.

With Pacquiao leading 47-46 on all three scorecards, he was caught by a shuddering right hand from his Mexican opponent at the end of the sixth round which left him on the canvas for the second time and earned Marquez a knockout win.

Floored: Pacquiao lays motionless on the canvas as Marquez celebrates the knockout

Floored: Pacquiao lays motionless on the canvas as Marquez celebrates the knockout

Floored: Pacquiao lays motionless on the canvas as Marquez celebrates the knockout

Floored: Pacquiao lays motionless on the canvas as Marquez celebrates the knockout

Pacquiao issued a statement to his fans following the fight, which read: 'I want to congratulate Juan Manuel. I have no excuses. It was a good fight and he deserved the victory. I think boxing fans who watched us were winners too.

'To all my fans, I would like to thank you for your prayers and assure you that I am fine. I am looking forward to a nice rest and then I will be back to fight.'

Pacquiao received medical treatment following the bout, but his advisor Michael Koncz said afterwards: 'Manny was given a CT scan and the results were negative. We were in and out in just over an hour and Manny was in excellent spirits.'

No complaints: The pair embrace after the bout

No complaints: The pair embrace after the bout

The win may bring 39-year-old Marquez no titles, but for the Mexican it ended years of frustration as he vanquished his rival at the fourth attempt.

Their previous three encounters have not been short of controversy with decisions disputed – two Pacquiao wins and a draw – but there was no doubt about this one.

After two cagey rounds, it was Marquez who landed the first telling blow in the third.

A big right-hander sent Pacquiao to the floor and, though he bounced straight back up again, it was clear the Filipino was rattled.

Stunned: Fans watch on in the Philippines as Pacquiao is beaten

Stunned: Fans watch on in the Philippines as Pacquiao is beaten

A high-octane and even fourth followed, but in the fifth it was Pacquiao who stepped up a gear, landing a big left jab on Marquez, who touched the canvas with his glove.

With Marquez cut and hurting, the 33-year-old scented blood and pressed forward in the sixth.

But in his haste to finish off Marquez he left himself open and the Mexican produced a thundering counter-punch which left Pacquiao face down on the canvas.

On top: Pacquiao had been leading on points before the knockout blow

On top: Pacquiao had been leading on points before the knockout blow

Marquez told the Guardian: 'I never thought he was going to beat me, even though I feared the knockout when he came at me in those final three rounds.

'I was coming on strong, though. When he dropped me, he caught me good, but I was thinking I was going to push hard in the later rounds.

All smiles: Marquez was delighted with the win

All smiles: Marquez was delighted with the win

All smiles: Marquez was delighted with the win

'I fought on the inside sometimes but with a lot of intelligence. This was one of my best victories.

'I did it for me and I did it for Mexico. It would make me so happy to be there now, celebrating with my countrymen in Mexico City, but I will get there soon.'

Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez prepare for fourth and final fight

This is it: Pacquiao vows knock out Marquez and end long running rivalry in fourth and final fight

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UPDATED:

15:13 GMT, 6 December 2012

Having shared the ring for 36 rounds over their careers there is not too much that Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez don't know about each other – yet they are prepared to go head to head for one final time.

Officially, the tally stands at two Pacquiao wins and one draw, though many fans and boxing writers believe Marquez could legitimately have won all three encounters.

Saturday’s fight is likely to be another close encounter and Filipino Pacquiao believes this will be the last time the two set foot in the ring together.

Fourth and final time: Manny Pacquiao and Juan Marquez prepare for their fight on Saturday

Fourth and final time: Manny Pacquiao and Juan Marquez prepare for their fight on Saturday

'I think this is the last fight with him,’ Pacquiao said.

'Last time,’ agreed trainer Freddie Roach. ‘We're going to knock him out. End of story.'
Pacquiao lost his last fight to Timothy Bradley – albeit in controversial fashion – and Roach says his fighter is hungrier than ever to succeed, especially if he is ever to get Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the ring.

'The fourth fight could be the same as the last three, but Manny's hungrier now,’ Roach said. 'I don't think Marquez has seen the best Manny yet.’

The final showdown: Pacquiao and Marquez both say this will be the last time they fight each other

The final showdown: Pacquiao and Marquez both say this will be the last time they fight each other

But in the opposite corner, Marquez says his sole motivation for Saturday's non-title welterweight clash is the prospect of finally being able to celebrate victory over the Filipino.

'I want them (his corner) to raise my hand (in triumph),’ Marquez said.
'People tell me, 'You really beat him', in the last three fights, a lot of people feel I beat him.

'But I want to have my hand raised. I want the judges to really look at what they're doing and get it right this time.’

We've met before: Pacquiao and Marquez go head-to-head before their fourth fight

We've met before: Pacquiao and Marquez go head-to-head before their fourth fight

For his part, Pacquiao appears to be growing increasingly frustrated by the Mexican's insistence that he was the deserved winner of their previous three contests, particularly because of the counter-punching style favoured by Marquez.

'He always claims he won the fights,’ said Pacquiao. ‘So he needs to prove something.

'You cannot say, 'Yes I won the fight' when you are always backing off. It's contradictory. If you're claiming you won the fight, then you have to press the action.’

Nice and relaxed: Pacquiao and trainer Freddie Roach laugh during the press conference

Nice and relaxed: Pacquiao and trainer Freddie Roach laugh during the press conference

The four-fight rivalry between the two boxers almost failed to last one round. Pacquiao knocked down Marquez three times in the opening round of their first encounter in 2004, but the Mexican rallied to outbox his opponent and eke out a draw.

In their second meeting four years later, Pacquiao knocked down Marquez in the third round, which proved the difference after he won a close split decision.

Their third bout was adjudged a majority decision victory for the Filipino southpaw, despite Pacquiao's surprisingly unimpressive display.

Game face on: Marquez looks serious as he bids to finally get a win over his rival

Game face on: Marquez looks serious as he bids to finally get a win over his rival

'I thought Manny won that fight,’ Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach said on Wednesday. “But the booing was very loud and very vocal.

'Someone said, 'Why aren't you smiling You won the fight'. And I said, 'It's very hard to smile when you're being booed that bad'.’

Pacquiao acknowledged that his series of fights with Marquez had been the defining rivalry of his career.

Capturing the imagination: A blackjack table at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas promotes the fight

Capturing the imagination: A blackjack table at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas promotes the fight

'When you say 'Muhammad Ali', you think 'Joe Frazier',’ the Filipino said. ‘And I think when you say 'Manny Pacquiao', you think 'Juan Manuel Marquez'. And when you say 'Marquez', you think 'Manny Pacquiao'.’

But neither man is expecting a fifth fight, whatever happens in the ring on Saturday. The fourth bout, they insist, will be the last.

'This is the last fight with Manny,’ said Marquez. ‘I don't know what will happen in the ring, but this is the last time.'

Pacquiao v Marquez is live on Primetime from 2am on Sunday morning

Manny Pacquiao: Ricky Hatton comeback is a mistake

Pacquiao on Hatton's return: I respect Ricky but he's making a big mistake

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UPDATED:

13:42 GMT, 21 November 2012

Ricky Hatton is making a big mistake returning to the ring this Saturday. That is the verdict of Manny Pacquiao, the man whose knockout blow consigned the two-weight world champion into retirement three years ago.

The Hitman makes his big comeback this Saturday against Ukraine's former WBA welterweight king Vyacheslav Senchenko in front of a sell-out crowd at Manchester Arena.

But Pacquaio, who brutally defeated Hatton inside two rounds at the MGM Grand in May 2009, thinks the 34-year-old should have stayed away from the ring for good and insisted it is not something he will ever do once he walks away.

Comeback: Ricky Hatton undergoes his final preparations with his trainer Bob Shannon before Saturday's big return

Comeback: Ricky Hatton undergoes his final preparations with his trainer Bob Shannon before Saturday's big return

'I do not think it is a good idea to come back once a fighter has retired. It’s not something I plan on doing,' said Pacquaio, quoted in the Daily Express.

'I know how hard it is to get back into good boxing shape after being out of the training camp for only three or four months.'

Pacquiao is preparing for his first fight since controversially losing his WBO welterweight title to Timothy Bradley last June with a fourth fight against rival Juan Manuel Marquez next month in Las Vegas.

Blow: Manny Pacquiao destroyed Hatton inside two rounds in May 2009

Down and out: Manny Pacquiao destroyed Hatton inside two rounds in May 2009 (celebrating, below)

Down and out: Pacquiao celebrates his win over Hatton in May 2009

Despite voicing his concerns over Hatton's return, the Filipino legend insisted he respects the Manchester fighter's decision.

'I cannot imagine what it is like after a number of years,' Pacquaio added.

'It’s not just the conditioning, it’s the reflexes, legs, mental conditioning, and so much more.

'But this is Ricky’s decision to make and I respect him for it.'

Crunch test: Hatton will collide with Vyacheslav Senchenko at the Manchester Arena

Crunch test: Hatton will collide with Vyacheslav Senchenko at the Manchester Arena

Arsenal would be perfect for Pep Guardiola, says former Barca defender Rafael Marquez

Arsenal would be perfect for Guardiola, says former Barca defender Marquez

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UPDATED:

06:23 GMT, 10 October 2012

Former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola is heading to the Premier League, and Arsenal is the 'perfect' job.

That is the view of former Barca
defender Rafael Marquez, who has spoken to Guardiola 'a few times' during his year-long sabbatical in New York, where the Mexican currently plays
for the Red Bulls.

Time out: Pep Guardiola with Europe captain Jose Maria Olazabal at the Ryder Cup

Time out: Pep Guardiola with Europe captain Jose Maria Olazabal at the Ryder Cup in Chicago

The 41-year-old Spaniard has also been earmarked for Manchester United and Chelsea but Marquez is convinced that he will be at the Emirates next term.

Wenger was vague on his own future when questioned recently, with the 62-year-old's contract due to expire in 2014.

The Frenchman has faced a difficult time in north London over the past few seasons, with the Gunners struggling to challenge for major honours and having sold a number of their star players.

'[Guardiola] will soon return to the game. I think he'll go to England. He'd be perfect for Arsenal,' Marquez told Spanish radio.

Manny Pacquiao clears way for Floyd Mayweather fight with pay offer

Over to you Floyd… Pacquiao clears way for $100m superfight with open offer on pay

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08:18 GMT, 21 September 2012

Manny Pacquiao has openly told Floyd Mayweather jnr he will take a smaller purse than his rival in a bid to get their $100million superfight finally inked in.

Mayweather has long insisted that he deserves a larger payday than Pacquiao should the world's two best pound-for-pound boxers ever meet in the ring.

That has proved one of the many stumbling blocks to a deal in the past but now the Filipino superstar has gone public in saying he would take 45 per cent of the purse to allow Mayweather to pocket 55 per cent of the money.

Plenty to say: Manny Pacquiao is promoting his fourth fight with Juan Marquez

Plenty to say: Manny Pacquiao is promoting his fourth fight with Juan Marquez

Plenty to say: Manny Pacquiao is promoting his fourth fight with Juan Marquez

Pacquiao, a world champion in eight weight divisions and a congressman in his native Philippines, faces Juan Marquez for the fourth time on December 8 but already has one eye on the long-awaited bout with the unbeaten Mayweather, and is prepared to pander to his American rival's string of demands to make it happen.

'I’m waiting for that fight to happen,' Pacquiao told ESPN. 'I don’t know what’s the reason why that fight has not happened.

'It’s OK for me if he gets a higher percentage than me.'

Pacquiao spoke to Mayweather on the phone in January and was offered a flat $40m fee with no share of the revenue, which he refused.

String of demands: Floyd Mayweather

String of demands: Floyd Mayweather

'I spoke to Floyd… and he offered me an amount,' Pacquiao added. 'He didn’t talk about the pay-per-views here and that’s it. I can’t agree with that. I told him I agree with 55 and 45 (split).'

Pacquiao also insisted he would have no problem undergoing random blood and urine tests in the build-up to the fight, something Mayweather has always insisted on and which had previously been one of the near countless stumbling blocks delaying a deal.

Mayweather had accused his rival of taking performance-enhancing drugs, which led to Pacquiao taking legal action for defamation in December 2009.

Earlier this week a Las Vegas judge ordered Mayweather to pay 70,000 because he has refused to appear for a deposition with Pacquiao’s lawyers.

'No problem,' Pacquiao said when asked about whether he would undergo testing. 'Whatever he wants to do.

'Even the night of the fight. No problem.'

Pacquiao must overcome Marquez to have any hope of facing Mayweather. The Filipino has won two and drawn one of their three previous fights, but many observers – and Marquez – have contested that the Mexican deserved to win.