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    Determined Pacquiao vows decisive 'closure' to storied rivalry with Marquez

    Dec 2, 2012

    HOLLYWOOD – Everything must come to an end, and Manny Pacquiao believes his December 8 (December 9, Manila time) duel with longtime nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico will be the final episode of their storied rivalry.

    And he wants to write a fitting and decisive ending to the epic rivalry.

    “Lahat may expiration date,” said the 33-year-old Pacquiao, hinting that he will put a decisive ending to a storied rivalry that remained unsettled to this day after three, tough grueling fights over an eight-year stretch.

    Pacquiao drew with Marquez in their first meeting in 2004, and then scored a split and majority decision in their next two meetings in 2008 and 2011, respectively. But the outcome of the three matches left a lot to be desired as all the matches could have gone either way.

    “That’s why I want an impressive win for this fight to prove to people who have doubts about our past fights,” said the Pacman.

    The only eight-division world champion, Pacquiao finally tapered off in training camp by going six rounds in sparring at the Wild Card gym.

    Pacquiao said he’s ready to go with only a week to go for the 12-round match at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

    “Hundred percent ready. Maintain na lang tayo.”

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