Arum, Roach see fifth fight

Marquez ‘bluffing’ for bargaining power


Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez. AP File Photo

As far as promoter Bob Arum and trainer Freddie Roach are concerned, Juan Manuel Marquez is merely “bluffing” to boost his worth and will ultimately agree to a fifth fight with Manny Pacquiao.

“His (Marquez) idea of negotiations,” Arum, CEO of Top Rank Promotions, told Rick Reeno of on Tuesday.

Marquez announced recently that there’s no point for another showdown with Pacquiao, whom he knocked out cold in the sixth round last Dec. 8 at MGM Grand, because the desired result had been achieved.

Roach, a four-time Trainer of the Year, was on the same wave length with Arum.

Arum and Fernando Beltran, Marquez’s promoter, have earlier announced their desire to pursue Pacquiao-Marquez 5 in September, with Macau and Mexico as probable sites.

Though Pacquiao-Marquez 4 was held in Las Vegas, Nevada, Arum wants to take the fifth fight out of the United States due to the steep taxes (39 percent) to be imposed.

In another interview with, Roach said Marquez will eventually negotiate because  he “really doesn’t have anything else (but the Pacquiao fight).”

According to Roach, only a fight with either Floyd Mayweather Jr. or Saul “Canelo” Alvarez would approximate what Marquez stands to earn against Pacquiao.

In Pacquiao-Marquez 4, Marquez was guaranteed $6 million, but the imposing victory last December certainly spiked his bargaining power.

Roach, however, said Marquez won’t fight Mayweather again as he was  dominated by the American when they tangled in 2009 in the Mexican’s first foray at 146 pounds.

Alvarez, on the other hand, is deemed to be too big for Marquez at 154 pounds.

While Roach acknowledges that Tim Bradley and the winner between Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado are probable rivals for Marquez, none of them could give the four-division world champion the same retirement check he stands to get from Pacquiao. Roy Luarca

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  • Rene

    Boxing fans are convinced that Marquez is better and stronger. Marquez has nothing to prove. He survived all the 5 knockdowns which only made him stronger in the succeeding rounds. But MP, he was lost in the world in the catastrophic knockout of his life. I am a Filipino but on their rivalry, JMM is the winner without doubt.

  • Ronnie

    What Marquez is doing is just a negotiation ploy to get more leverage. He has no other choice but to give Pacquiao a fifth fight if he wants to earn $6 million or more. Other than Pacquiao, close could be Canelo Alvarez but that would be a big risk for him. I doubt Marquez would bark a re-match with Mayweather because surely, he will not only lose, but his six pack Hulk like muscle and his Thor like strength will not come out because Mayweather will demand a random blood testing!  

  • Luis Reginaldo Medilo

    There’s no point in a fifth fight. What for? Whoever wins that probable fight will then ask for a sixth bout, and so on and so forth. It’s a never-ending cycle. Let’s just put this saga to rest and let Manny move on to other fights before he finally retires. His legacy will still be intact no matter what happens, because he is an 8-division world champion!

    • Mamerto

      If it manages to push through.., just don’t watch this fight.

      I’m quite sure, there are hundreds of thousands,even millions, who would love to see a “Pacquiao vs Marquez – 5″

    • Rene

       8 Divisions of cherry picking. If Marquez-Pacquiao rivalry were settled first, no 8 division championships for MP. Business!!

  • Ronnie

    Ganito pala ugali ng mga Pinoy. Nung laging nananalo si Pacquiao, masaya tayo sa tagumpay nya,proud na proud tayo. Ngayong down siya at pilit bumabangon, ini-insulto siya at tinatapakan pa. Gusto lang naman nyang makabawi kay Marquez. Nakakahiya!!!

  • an_insect

    nothing to prove anymore. this all comes down to money, pride…and more money! maypa maglo-lo nalang mo!

    • Mamerto

      These guys are NOT into the prize-fighting business because they love to get hit.
      It’s the mega bucks, that they both, stand to get from a “fifth-fight”.

      • an_insect

         it’s pretty obvious isn’t it? they already have so much money why need the 5th fight? there’s nothing to prove…

      • David Z

        It’s obvious you were never an athlete.

      • an_insect

        how does or doesn’t being an athlete have to do with this? anyway I was an athlete. I played football (soccer)…not professionally nor semi-professionally because PH has no such league as UFL before but I had my share of success…when I can’t run faster than the younger legs, I quit. I had my time, I had success… I had nothing to prove anymore….

  • Benjamin

    Malamang kapag nagplanking na naman si Plankman  hinde na makakabangon  ..
    Hinde nya talaga kaya ang lupet ng kamao ni Marquez…

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