Sulaiman, Beristain say no to 5th fight


IF JUAN Manuel Marquez sticks to his decision not to fight Manny Pacquiao again, he will get the full backing of two Mexican boxing Hall of Famers.

World Boxing Council president Jose Sulaiman and trainer Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain both believe that their compatriot should not trade punches with the Filipino icon again.

This despite Marquez’s stunning sixth-round knockout of Pacquiao in their fourth showdown last Dec. 8 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

The 81-year-old Sulaiman, the WBC head for a record 38 years, told that Marquez should forget Pacquiao and retire from boxing while he is ahead.

He said the money that Pacquiao-Marquez V would rake in is just for the “short term” and “one bad punch can remove the happiness from his life in the future.”

Beristain, who has honed Marquez’s skills since the fighter’s teens, thinks along the same line.

After seeing Marquez get the shorter end of the exchanges with Pacquiao until the last second of the sixth round, when he sneaked in that dynamite right, Beristain no longer wants a fifth installment of the duel.

“Personally, I am not convinced by the idea that Juan should fight Pacquiao again,” Beristain told Opposing Views Sunday. “We are interested in facing a puncher, a fighter like Brandon Rios.”

The unbeaten Rios is a young, wild bull whose skill level isn’t in Pacquiao’s plateau yet.

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  • Warden Dent

    likewise those commentators said the biased judgement of those two old mexican is an aprehended of their winning moment from Mr.manny pacquiao…before when they lossing at the hand of the great champ they’re pushing a rematch,,,hello bandits i don’t like the antagonist character of juan manual marquez,,,,,it is only a lucky punched by stepping the foot of the great champ and that was greatly,greatly cheating.

  • Melvin

    Kung ayaw ni Marquez ay huwag pilitin pero huwag munang magretiro si Manny sa halip ay pagbuhusan ng panahon at isip ang paglaban sa ibang mga boxers at kumuha ng mga kumbinsidong panalo, mas maganda kung KO, upang lumabas na sadyang tsamba lang talaga ang naging panalo ni Marquez sa kanya…

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    “He said the money that Pacquiao-Marquez V would rake in is just for the
    “short term” and “one bad punch can remove the happiness from his life
    in the future.””

    This is what I’m saying… is not about everything, it’s the history that is in favor of Marquez and he won’t risk it just for extra coins! Endorsements, TV appearances etc. are some of the benefits being on top!

  • Maldi2

    Pretentions of both Hall of Famers, Sulaiman and Beristain coddles “cowardice”.

  • noypisiTED

    If only Pacquiao had a Sulaiman to give him meaningful pieces of advice he might have pondered before gunning on a tragic IV outing with El Dinamita Marquez. Unlike a computer where one can effortlessly “undo” what one did, in boxing one devastating knockout punch can mean a life of sadness and self-pity of “could have or had it been”. The hardest shadow to evade is your own. Pacquiao’s shadow of his shattering loss would haunt him forever and unlike many of his wards who are tailing him for money, what else?, he can’t buy off his own shadow to leave him for good.

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