Pacquiao ‘not chasing Marquez’

Floyd Jr an option, says Gacal


Rep. Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao will not chase after Juan Manuel Marquez if the Mexican chooses to run away from a fifth fight.

“If (we cannot get a fight with) Marquez, then we’ll look for a better opponent,” lawyer Franklin Gacal, Pacquiao’s legal adviser, told the Inquirer yesterday.

Gacal was reacting to reports that Marquez, who sneaked in a right straight that knocked out Pacquiao cold in the sixth round last Dec. 8, doesn’t want another showdown with his two-time tormentor.

If Marquez doesn’t change his mind soon, Gacal said Team Pacquiao will consider other capable opponents, especially Floyd Mayweather Jr.

“We’re willing to sit down with the camp of Mayweather (if he’s interested),” said Gacal, who added that Marquez’s refusal to fight Pacquiao again could only mean that the Mexican is “scared” of the possible “conditions” the Filipino camp might include in the fight contract.

Gacal said that, for one, they will require random drug testing before and after the fifth bout that could rival Pacquiao-Mayweather in magnitude and drawing power.

The lawyer also said they do not care if Marquez, in saying there’s no point doing a fifth fight, is sending a message that he should be on top of the negotiations.

Pacquiao, Gacal insists, is the main draw and therefore should dictate the terms.

In Pacquiao-Marquez 4, held at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the Mexican was guaranteed $6 million against Pacquiao’s $23 million.

While his devastating win over Pacquiao may have boosted Marquez’s paycheck, he would be lucky to get a 60-40 deal with the eight-division world champion, whose chances of squeezing through a fight in April get slimmer by the day.

“Well, he (Pacquiao) can live with that,” said Gacal. “If ever there’s no April fight, then we’ll wait for September.”

He remains hopeful, though, that Marquez would be Pacquiao’s next fight.

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  • Karlo Ponte

    Walang kwenta ang maga mentalidad nang ibang nagkukument dito. Nong kabtaan at palaging win c pacman penipraise ninyo, ngayon natalo xa kinukundina no na. Para sa akin c pacmn ang d best, nakilala ang pinas pinoy boxing dahil xa kanya. Kayo kaya mag boxing diyan.

    • joshua kings

      bago pa yang idol mo, nakilala na sa buong mundo ang galing ng pilipino sa larangang ito sa pamamagitan nina pancho villa, flash elorde, navarette, espinosa, penalosa, at ngayon sina donaire, viloria….
      masyado ka nang bulag sa idol worship mo….

      • Daemon

        “A hater will always be a hater”. Paano ka naging hater ni Pacquiao, pre? Nagseselos ka ba sa mga ginagawa niya outside boxing? Parang apektado ka sa mga ginagawa ng tao a. Matanong ko lang din. Bakit hindi mo sinali si pacquiao sa mga magagaling na boxer natin? Bulag ka ba? *Tang inang pag-iisip yan.

    • Danilo Navarro

      hinde naman madami ang nag sasabi hag na siyang lumaban uli baka maka tulog na naman tutal madami pa naman siyan gusto politiko artista singer emcee pator don na lang siya mag fucos madami na kasing naasar sa kanya di gaya noon naka fucos pa lang siya sa boxing

    • King

       You all said it bro. Paquiao is already way up above in the history of boxing.

  • jesussaints

    G R E E D Y

  • KonsensyaNgBayan

    No matter What!! at the end of the day, only Bob Arum and other promoters are reaping the fruits of these gladiators efforts. IT is not SPORTS anymore but COMMERCIALISM!!!…These Athletes are not fighting for prestige and honor anymore but for the prize money. And we can start with opponent selecting/game fixing Floyd Gayweather…Boycott pay-per-view fights!! 

    • Andres Bonifacio

      HEeelllloo…this is PROFESSIONAL BOXING…of course they playing for money…not for honor or country…kayo lang naniniwala kay PACMAN that he is fighting for the Philippines daw! LOL!

      • Benjie Cantuba

         supremo bakit ganyan ka magsalita sa kababayan mo?

      • Andres Bonifacio

        Pare…masakit pero totoo…ganoon talaga…yan ang kulang sa atin…KATOTOTOHANAN! Kaya tayo hindi TUNAY na umaasenso!

      • Chris P Pnono

        220 lng naman si Boni…pera pera…lng.kng mas mababa ang kay pacman papayag ba?? gusto nya kinang ng salapi.hindi kinang ng    bansa.hehehehe

  • Eric

    Offer Mayweather a winner- takes-all fight :)

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  • Herman

    Marquez cold knock down of Pacquiao should have been the best candidate for Fighter of the year 2012. The award instead went to the the new fighter Donaire. American sports analyst  have doubts of Marquez new strength and finesse body and the history of his conditioning Balco-snitch coach Angel Heredia. Time will tell Marquez as PED user.

  • Reynan Loli

    Talo na nga si Pacquiao, tama na  at tanggapin na lang nya pagkaka brutal KNOCK-OUT.
    Puro kase Pulitika at Showbiz at Pagpapastor ang inaatupag. Baka sa susunod eh hindi na sya magising sa 5th fight. 

    • Edgardo Mendoza

      dapat mag pastor nalang si pacquio tulad ni mike velarde ng elshadai

  • RichardT

    I don’t think Pacquiao should chase after Marquez. At the end of the day, it’s just a fight. You loose some & you win some. It’s just another job. If Manny is truly a christian, It does not matter anymore. He can just move on to his next fight with or without Marquez. Thou Bradley dont have enough followers. Pay him around another $5M then knocked him out cold. Slowly Manny can still gain back his Pound for Pound statue. The important thing is Manny should try to knock his succeeding opponents. There is Bradley then Rios. If people see the OLD Manny, they will call for that fight to happen again. Or better just move on whoever is next. It’s just a fight.. Legacy or no legacy, Manny is the PEOPLE’s CHAMP.

    • joshua kings

      bradley? sigurado ako lalangawin yan…
      dahil kung may pera dyan, matagal na sanang ginawa yan ni bob aroom……
      ang baho pa ng bradley…nabuko sila sa ‘game-fixing ng mga judges? LOL!

    • King

       Well said.

  • Nick_Fury

    Idol ng mga ibang Pilipino (haters/inggiteros/talangka/crab/alimango/kuto) ay Mexicano at mandaraya/mandarambong pa. Mas gusto nila sa isang dayuhan na boksingero (na cheater/juicer/roid user/ped user) kaysa sa kapwa Pilipino. Tsk tsk tsk. Viva Mexico?

    • Benjie Cantuba

       kakalungkot nga eh, okay lang na talo kaso nakakainis yung ibang pinoy

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