LAS VEGAS - Losing is far from Manny Pacquiao's mind that he is looking forward to celebrate his fast-approaching 34th birthday in grand style.
After spending 30 minutes mostly with foreign reporters on Tuesday, Pacquiao expressed to a couple of Filipino writers who were sent here to cover his fourth fight with Juan Manuel Marquez this weekend that he is confident of scoring a victory.
"Think positive," Pacquiao told one of the scribes who had asked him about what he'll do if Marquez emerges victorious.
"Why are you saying 'What if I lose?' Why what if? I think positive. Let's think positive," said Pacquiao, who is hosting a big party on Dec. 17 in his hometown of General Santos City.
Pacquiao is so upbeat about scoring an emphatic win that when the mushroom cloud dissipates at the Garden Arena at the MGM Grand, he expects to have his hands raised and finally given the respect that he truly deserves.
Trainer Freddie Roach, who will be working Pacquiao's corner for the 23rd time on US soil, believes a closure to the rivalry will be in order on Saturday night.
"We are little hungrier this time," said Roach, noting the change in Pacquiao's demeanor for this training camp that produced a total of four knockdowns in sparring against three fighters who were tapped to work with him.
"We'll knock him (Marquez) out this time," boasted Roach.
Even Pacquiao is certain of winning that there won't be a need to stage a fifth fight.
"I am so focused. There are no distractions. Before I was physically fit but mentally I was not," said Pacquiao, obviously referring to the third meeting that they won on a majority decision.
Roach was more categorical about his outlook, saying "Marquez hasn't seen the best of Pacquiao."
This Saturday, Pacquiao will prove to Marquez just that.