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Pacquiao defends Marquez choice

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Manny Pacquiao will meet Juan Manuel Marquez for a fourth time in December © PA Photos
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Manny Pacquiao believes he has spared fans a "boring" fight by swerving the chance to face Timothy Bradley on December 8.

Instead, Pacquiao will meet Juan Manuel Marquez for a fourth time in Las Vegas, after all three of their previous meetings - a draw and two Pacquiao wins - ended with contentious verdicts.

Bradley, who took the WBO welterweight crown from Pacquiao earlier this year, was passed over in favour of Marquez. The Filipino feels there was no merit in a Bradley rematch as, in his eyes, he won the first meeting comfortably.

"I chose to fight Marquez because we have exciting fights," he said. "If I had chosen to fight Bradley we would get a one-sided fight. It would be boring. What do I need to prove to Bradley? What do I need to prove to the fans with that fight? I did good in our last fight. The fight was one-sided."

Meanwhile, Marquez has conceded he needs to change his strategy against Pacquiao in order to avoid ending up on the wrong end of a judges' decision.

"I know Pacquiao and he knows me," Marquez said. "I know I have to work on my speed, but maybe I have to go for the knockout. I will try to do that, and do it intelligently, but Pacquiao is very strong.

"I just know I need to change something. I don't know what, but I need do something different this time because the judges don't appreciate what I have been doing."

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