Mexico-Philippines rivalry? Not quite

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As he prepares to face Manny Pacquiao for the third time in his career Nov. 12, Juan Manuel Marquez will be sharing some thoughts with us weekly.

In our second installment, Marquez discusses the perceived boxing rivalry between Mexican and Filipino fighters.

Can you talk about the rivalry between Mexico and the Philippines when it comes to boxing? Why is so big? How important is it to perform for your countrymen who always lend their unwavering support?

Juan Manuel Marquez: I don’t believe there is a big rivalry between our countries yet. Mexico and the Philippines are coming along with some good fighters at different weight classes, and with some many good boxers from both countries it could turn out into a big rivalry in the near future.

In both our countries, boxing is very important and our fans give us a lot of support. Every time we get in the ring, we both have all of our countrymen supporting us and we want to give them the victory at all cost.

We put everything on the line each and every time we step into that ring. Look at the first two fights between Manny and I. We fought 24 hard rounds and never gave up.

This fight will be the same, as I will give it my all to win, as I know will Manny.

Episode 2 of the reality series “24/7 Pacquiao/Marquez” premieres Saturday at 10 p.m. on HBO. Marquez and Pacquiao face off Nov. 12 on HBO PPV.

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