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.”