Marquez balks at Pacquiao tiff

‘There’s no point doing a 5th fight’


Even the lure of his biggest paycheck ever won’t make Juan Manuel Marquez  fight Manny Pacquiao again.

Less than two months after pulling off a brutal sixth-round knockout of Pacquiao in their fourth bout last Dec. 8, Marquez is reportedly hesitant to risk his newfound reputation by facing the eight-division world champ anew.

Shrugging off the so-called warrior mentality of Mexican boxers, Marquez told he won’t give Pacquiao a chance to get back at him, conveniently ignoring the fact that the Filipino superstar had given him the opportunity for a rematch three times before.

Their first bout in 2004, which saw Pacquiao knock down Marquez thrice in the first round, ended in a draw only because a judge’s scoring error deprived Pacquiao of a hairline victory.

The rematch in 2008 produced a split decision win for Pacquiao while Pacquiao-Marquez 3 in 2011 saw the Filipino prevailing by majority decision.

Despite earlier pronouncements by his promoter, Fernando Beltran, that his ward would return the favor by agreeing to a fifth fight, Marquez inexplicably changed his mind.

“I think, for me, there is no point [in a fifth fight],” Marquez told the boxing website. “We already achieved the desired result. Then why do it?

“I also asked several people, several friends that I have around me and they told me not to do it, that there is no point in a fifth fight. I said before the fourth fight that no matter how this fight ends, there cannot be a fifth.”

Beltran, who had earlier agreed with Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum, to stage Pacquiao-Marquez 5 in September in Mexico, offered a different view.

Interviewed by ESPN Deportes, Beltran said Mexican fight fans should have a hand in Marquez’s decision.

“If the people want it, we will give the opportunity (for a rematch) to Manny,” Beltran said.

Beltran also told Esto, a Mexican sports daily, that their “priority is not to fight Pacquiao.”

Marquez stands to earn much less if he opts to fight an opponent other than Pacquiao, according to boxing pundits.

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  • wilfredo

    hay naku sa iba ka na lang lumaban muna pacman..hindi na kikita yan pac-mar fight hehehehe

  • andy bonifacio

    deep inside marquez he knows paquiao is the better fighter and the real winner , he had to be doped with steroids to “win”. If he fights pacquiao again he will have to take in more steroids, takot sya baka ma overdose na

    • wilfredo

      talaga nmn sagad to the bones ang bilib mo ke pacman kahit talunan hehe

      • Kevin

        ikaw din nmn db brod nung mga panahon na nanalo si pacman :)) hehe 

    • Conrado de QUIYOT

      Kahit si Bert Batawang kayang patulugin si Plankman

  • rethinking_madness

    With this attitude of Marquez, it galvanizes the heroic spirit of Pacman in the boxing sport.

    With scorecards against him and the lucky punch (or well-executed trap) in his favor, a real boxing champ would take the risk that the “crown” will be taken away from him by an equally competitive opponent. Mexico has produced real boxing heroes but definitely not a man named Marquez. Some called the decision of Marquez to deny Pacquiao another fight as cowardice, I cannot disagree to that description.

  • darsmith

    JMM : What do you think Memo, should I take the 5th fight?
    Memo : No, not just yet. I have to concoct a more potent drug that will be more undetectable.
    JMM : You better do that, that Pacman dude almost killed me the last time around, its a good thing that he became careless
    Memo : Yeah, I’m sure that he will be more careful next time.  With Lance confessing to PED use, it’ll be more difficult for us to use the same stuff especially if a stricter testing is implemeted.
    JMM : Okay, but better hurry up. I’m afraid I’m now growing tities in my crotch on account of that stuff you gave me last fight!!!

  • chitgoks

     “We already achieved the desired result. Then why do it? – im sure marquez meant “i” hahaha. coward!
    still, i dont want this fight to happen. boring

  • Mang Teban

    Whatever critics say of Juan Manuel Marquez and of Manny Pacquiao, all of them are right. Boxing is big business. Strategy counts. For Marquez, he has proven his point that Pacquiao can be beaten. For Pacquiao, he says he will rise again and maybe he can beat Marquez. 
    The biggest winners are the promoter and the gamblers who bet correctly on the winner.
    The boxers are “toys for entertainment” by the spectators.
    It is all crap about fighting for one’s country as Pacquiao likes to say. I suppose Marquez says the same thing for Mexico…maybe.
    If Pacquiao wants to serve the country, let us see him work full-time as a congressman. So far, his performance in Congress does not merit my vote if only I am from Sarangani province. Otherwise, he should concentrate as a television host like Willie Revillame. Or, retire and enjoy his billions of pesos and millions of US dollars.

    • Mario

       The guy is a buffoon elected by buffoons(Sarangani electorates). 

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    I wouldn’t blame marquez! this is the record that will go with him for generations to come, a stunning victory to once considered mexican killer. I wouldn’t give pacman another chance to change history! 

  • Yxon

    he knows that he would be murdered on their fifth fight

  • Jonnifer

    When Pacman is on top we are all praising him, this is sport and anyone can lose and anyone can win in any circumstances. Those who are afraid to dare are losers.

    Pacman lose, and now we are mocking him? what an idiot!

    When Pacman knock-out Mexicans does he stop? No he dare more and caliber opponent because he wants us Pinoy be proud.

    • ern

      pacquiao is an idiot who allowed himself to be swallowed by dirty politics. And learn this lesson…there is end to everything…you should know when to stop.

      • Puyay

         And you think you are smart, how much money do you have in the bank?

      • Diepor

        Many stupid people have a lot of money in the bank and many smart people are poor.

      • Puyay

        Where’s the logic on that

      • Diepor

        If you don’t get it I can’t help you.

    • joshua kings

      hahahaha, funny, this gonnnifer….he believes that paxquiao wants us proud that is why he continues to fight….hahahahaha…you make laugh hard, kabayan…
      o yeah, he wants to make us proud even to the extent of disregarding his mom’s request for his favorite son to already retire?it’s the $25 million reasons why your idol keeps on fighting….not to make us proud….LOL….LOL…LOL…

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  • joshua kings

    JMM has his brains in the right place….unlike the one he put to involuntary sleep.
    jmm is not as hungry for money as this pug whose lord is mammon….
    right on jmm; don’t give them the satisfaction of another fight…
    retire in redeemed glory…..
    do not imitate this dummy who didn’t know how to quit while ahead……

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