MANILA — Juan Manuel Marquez appeared not interested in fighting Manny Pacquiao for the fifth time in September.
Accused of running away from the fifth fight with his Filipino foe, Marquez told the Record, the leading Mexican sports paper, that he owes nothing to Pacquiao.
He said it was Pacquiao who badly wanted the fourth fight which he won in stunning fashion at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas last December.
Hounded by controversies over the outcome of their first three matches, Pacquiao wanted to do the fourth bout in his bid to score a clear-cut victory.[box type=”default” size=”large”] Arum, Roach say he may just want more money [/box]“When he gave me the opportunity (in the fourth fight), he actually gave himself the chance (to settle the issue),” said the 39-year-old Marquez, whose statement saddened diehard Pacquiao fans.
Marquez said he doesn’t see a good reason why a fifth fight should be held as he had proven that he is the better man.
Marquez also believes that fight fans are no longer keen on seeing him square off with the 34-year-old Pacquiao in a proposed showdown in September, stressing that his followers would rather see him fight somebody else.
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum and Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach shrugged off Marquez’s statement, implying that he may just want more money.
Pacquiao got $23 million, while Marquez received $6 million in their fourth fight that generated 1.2 million pay-per-view buys.
Marquez stands to become the highest-paid Mexican boxer ever in the event a fifth fight is pushed through because he won’t certainly agree to get only $10 million.
Julio Cesar Chavez is still the highest-paid Mexican fighter in history, pocketing over $9 million when he fought and lost to Oscar de la Hoya in 1996. (With Manila Bulletin report)