JMM wary of Pacquiao’s power

LAS VEGAS - Ask Juan Manuel Marquez about the first thing that goes in his mind when told about Manny Pacquiao and the Mexican is sure to say one word every single time.

"(Pacquiao is) dangerous," Marquez said during a free-wheeling chat with reporters on Tuesday at the VIP Lounge of the MGM Grand.

Marquez remains wary of what Pacquiao can inflict atop the ring even after giving his Filipino nemesis a taste of hell that he is entering Saturday's scheduled 12-rounder in the best shape of his stellar career.

"I have speed and power. I have everything," said Marquez.

Still, the 39-year-old Marquez is not leaving any stone unturned in what is being labeled as the final chapter to one of boxing's most celebrated rivalries.

Despite his supposed mastery of Pacquiao's style, Marquez has gone great lengths in improving his craft in close coordination with longtime trainer Nacho Beristain, who describes Pacquiao as "very unpredictable and explosive."

To add another facet to his style, Marquez took in rising fitness guru Angel Heredia, who rose to notoriety for supplying performance-enhancing drugs to track star Marion Jones.

But Heredia said he has cleaned up his act and does things the right and legal way and his addition to Marquez's team has turned Marquez into a better fighter and a more intimidating one at that.

This will be the third time in just a year that Heredia will work with Marquez and Marquez has felt and seen a tremendous improvement in conditioning and endurance.

Coupled with Beristain's expertise and Heredia's scientific know-how, Marquez believes he will finally prove to everyone that he had indeed been robbed by the judges in May 2004, March 2008 and November 2011.

This weekend, Marquez plans to "fight with more aggressiveness but aggressiveness with intelligence."

Heredia, whose strength and condoning work, has turned a once flabby Marquez into a fine specimen, has actually gotten into Team Pacquiao's nerves with Freddie Roach suspecting that he is into something.

Roach noticed Marquez's imposing appearance that he has doubts whether the boxer attained it using natural methods.

However, Roach denies having judged Marquez as being a user.

"I just said that his body didn't look natural," said Roach.

Heredia even hurled a challenge to Roach, taunting that Roach can even send one of his fighters to him and that boxer will undergo a massive change not only in appearance but in performance as well.

Marquez could not help but dip his fingers in the verbal war between Heredia and Roach by defending Heredia but felt that the issue will die down soon.

"I feel great. I have speed and power. I have everything," said Marquez.


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