Eight-division title-winner Manny Pacquiao will arrive at LAX International Airport in Los Angeles on Saturday at 8:05 p.m. on Philippinnes flight 102 to begin training with Freddie Roach for his fourth bout against four-division title-winner Juan Manuel Marquez, whom he will fight on Dec. 8 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 knockouts) has chosen to face Marquez (54-6-1, 39 KOs) over a rematch with Tim Bradley (29-0, 12 KOs), whose controversial split-decision in June dethroned Pacquiao as the WBO’s 147-pound titleholder.
In November, Pacquiao won an unpopular and highly-disputed majority decision over Marquez, who has also battled Pacquiao through a draw and a split-decision loss previously. Bradley ended a 15-bout winning streak for Pacquaio that included eight knockouts.
Roach will begin working with Pacquiao at his Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, Calif.,
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