Marquez gets ‘tons of muscles’

Months of training and weeks of endurance workout have started to turn Juan Manuel Marquez into a wrecking ball.

Reports from Mexico City reveal that Marquez, who battles Manny Pacquiao on Dec. 8 in Las Vegas, is not leaving any stone unturned in his preparation for what he foresees as his coronation night.

''Tons of muscles,'' exclaimed Mexican fight scribe Erika Montoya, who visited Marquez's training camp last week.

It's no secret that Marquez has been in and out of the gym even prior to the formal announcement of his fourth fight with Pacquiao the last six months and actually reported for training camp way ahead of his fierce Filipino rival.

Marquez wants no less than a knockout win in front of an expected capacity crowd of 16,000 at the MGM Grand so the judges won't have a say in the outcome, reiterating they had thrice robbed him of the decision.

''I am doing everything in training to be at my very best (for this fourth fight),'' said Marquez, 39, as quoted by Montoya.

By everything meant that Marquez is pushing himself further, even harder than when he was getting ready for Pacquiao in their third fight a year ago, a fight that many believed should have been awarded to the Mexican.

Even during their last faceoff, Marquez had looked different from the one that met Pacquiao in 2004 and 2008.

Filipino TV boxing analyst Moy Lainez, a part of the original Team Pacquiao, noted that Marquez ''looked imposing.''

''In the third fight, Marquez was in great shape and was obviously bigger than Manny,'' said Lainez, citing that his new strength coach, Angel Hernandez, ''must be doing wonders.''

Lainez noted that through the years, Marquez has read the moves of Pacquiao, who has morphed into a more predictable fighter and is not the same wild banger who put Marquez down three times in one round in 2004.

''Marquez can now read what Pacquiao is going to do.''

For Pacquiao to leave Marquez in a mess, Lainez said that Pacquiao has to revert to his old ways.

''Manny has to go back to the Manny of old...the fighter who threw punches at very odd and bizarre angles.''

If Pacquiao does that, Marquez won't know how to adjust and counter, said Lainez.

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