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    Beating Marquez a perfect birthday present for Pacquiao

    Dec 5, 2012

    LAS VEGAS – Beating Juan Manuel Marquez for the third time will not only put an emphatic end to  Manny Pacquiao’s domination of their unforgettable ring rivalry.

    It likewise serves as a fitting birthday gift for the Philippine boxing icon.

    “Oo, magandang pa-birthday ang panalo sa akin,” the 33-year-old Pacquiao told during his formal arrival at the MGM Grand Tuesday on (Wednesday Manila time) leading to his 12-round duel with Marquez this weekend.

    Pacquiao turns another leaf on December 17, which he plans to spend with a festive celebration in his native General Santos City.

    That’s why he has extra motivation when he faces Marquez again a year after pulling off a highly-debatable majority decision in their third meeting.

    More than ever, Pacquiao said he’s been focused for this fight after absorbing a controversial split decision against Timothy Bradley to yield his World Boxing Organization welterweight title belt in his last fight.

    Freddie Roach, Pacquiao’s longtime trainer, couldn't agree more.

    “Manny had a great training camp. We haven’t knocked down guys in camp since the (Miguel) Cotto fight. Manny’s got a good fire under him when he’s focused and he’s doing well,” said Roach.

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