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Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez Trade Niceties Before Fight

Manny Pacquiao, left, jokes with members of the media while posing for photos with Juan Manuel Marquez during a news conference Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011, in Las Vegas. Pacquiao and Marquez are scheduled to meet for boxing's WBO welterweight title on Saturday. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Manny Pacquiao, left, jokes with members of the media while posing for photos with Juan Manuel Marquez during a news conference Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011, in Las Vegas. Pacquiao and Marquez are scheduled to meet for boxing's WBO welterweight title on Saturday. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)  (Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

If you were anticipating a press conference filled with trash talk and all the histrionics that usually accompany a pre-fight event, Manny Pacquiao (53-3-2) and Juan Manuel Márquez (52-5-1) simply didn't deliver.

"A lot of people know me. I don't like talking outside of the ring," said Márquez. "I do my job in the ring and I prepare myself very hard because I want to give another great show, another great fight."

Pacquiao and Márquez praised each other during a press conference at the Hollywood Theatre inside of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Wednesday, just a few days before the two square off Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena for the WBO World Welterweight Title.

I'm always praying. Not praying for myself, but for all the fighters who are going to fight on Saturday, especially my opponent, that nobody will get hurt, well, I mean badly hurt.

- Manny Pacquiao

It will be the third meeting between the fighters since 2004.

"I'm always praying," said Pacquiao. "Not praying for myself, but for all the fighters who are going to fight on Saturday, especially my opponent, that nobody will get hurt. Well, I mean badly hurt." 

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Their previous fights are already considered two of boxing’s classic duels, with both battles going the full 12 rounds. Their first encounter in 2004 opened with Pacquiao knocking down Márquez three times in the first round, only to have Márquez bounce back and finish strong, with the fight resulting in a draw.

In 2008, the fighters met again for another bloody slugfest, which resulted in a Pacquiao victory on a split decision.

The two fighters, indeed, were cordial during the press conference. But don't let all the nice talk fool you, fight promoter Bob Arum assured.

“Once that bell rings, you're going to see two fierce warriors pouring everything out in an attempt to win the fight," said the legendary promoter.

Pete Griffin is a Junior Reporter for FoxNews.com based in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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