LOS ANGELES (AFP) — Manny Pacquiao’s insistence that his proposed fifth fight against Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez be held in Macau or Singapore was the main reason Marquez backed out and instead chose Tim Bradley as his next opponent, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Promoter Bob Arum said Pacquiao wanted to fight in Asia to avoid the 40 percent tax levied on him in the US. But Marquez, according to Arum, thought an Asian venue will not attract much pay-per-view buys.
“Marquez isn’t convinced Marquez-Pacquiao in Asia will result in the pay-per-view money being as strong,” Arum said.
So instead of a Marquez-Pacquiao fifth fight, it will now be Marquez versus Bradley which will be held September 14 in Las Vegas for the World Boxing Organization welterweight crown that Bradley took from Pacquiao by split decision last June.
“Marquez wanted to fight Bradley and Bradley wanted to fight Marquez,” Arum told the Times.
The deal pushes back plans for a possible fifth fight between Pacquiao and Marquez, who knocked out the Asian star in the sixth round last December after suffering a draw and two narrow defeats in early fights against “Pac-Man.”
Marquez also gave another reason for not fighting Pacquiao, telling ESPN Deportes that he needs a fight that will push him to the limit.
“Look, what is being said about Pacquiao – that a fifth fight wouldn’t make sense – well, it’s just like that. It still doesn’t make sense. To me, it wouldn’t be a challenge, and I need challenges.”
Signs that a fifth fight might not even take place could be attributed to Marquez’s assertion that he would like to end his legendary career on a winning note.
“I would like to close my career in good standing and leave a legacy behind me. I want everyone to remember me for having faced the best fighters out there. So to me this is an important challenge, a difficult challenge, a tough challenge. But I always have the mindset that anything can be achieved.” (With reports from Manila Bulletin’s Nick Giongco)