Marquez wants $20-M purse

Fifth duel now a question of cash

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Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez. AP File Photo

It’s almost certain now that Juan Manuel Marquez will eventually agree to fight Manny Pacquiao again. But as to how much it will take for the Mexican icon to sign a contract for their fifth showdown remains a guessing game.

Ring pundits, however, have put the ballpark figure at a minimum of $10 million and a maximum of $20 million.

And Marquez is likely to get what he wants.

Marquez scored a shocking sixth-round knockout of the Filipino eight-division world champion last Dec. 8 in Las Vegas, significantly increasing his bargaining power at the negotiating table.

In an earlier report in Esto, a Mexican sports daily, Marquez purportedly mentioned $20 million as his asking prize for a fifth fight with Pacquiao.

The amount is a quantum leap from the guaranteed $6 million Marquez got for his fourth bout with Pacquiao in Las Vegas.

The fighter known as “El Dinamita” is expected to give his go-signal for talks to proceed when he and wife Erika, on the invitation of Top Rank CEO Bob Arum, visit Macau on April 6 to watch a fight card featuring WBA-WBO bantamweight champ Brian Viloria and two-time Olympic gold medalist Zou Shiming of China.

Viloria will be dangling his titles against Mexican Juan Francisco Estrada while Zou, also a three-time world amateur gold medalist, will be making his pro debut.

Arum told Ring TV recently that he had also invited Pacquiao and wife Jinkee to attend the Fists of Gold card, which will be aired by HBO2.

Arum said he will try to arrange a meeting between the bitter rivals, and if Marquez picks Pacquiao to be his opponent on his return bout in September, negotiations could be held right away.

Marquez’s promoter, Fernando Beltran of Zanfer Promotions, also dropped hints that Pacquiao-Marquez V is in the offing.

In an interview with Boxing Scene.com, Beltran said that “pitting Marquez and Pacquiao together is the only combination that produces an attractive financial figure for Juan Manuel.”

Beltran, who said Marquez should get at least $10 million, said he and the 39-year-old five-division world champion will have to decide on his next opponent by April.

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  • investor888

    The only good thing that Manny Paquiao should do is never figth JMM as JMM will use everything  under the rag to win against Manny just like in the last fight.  Dont be pushed by anybody & use your brain. Not just pure confidence. Without Olympic dope test, you’ll be exposed to a super strong Marquez. 

  • marionics

    well i guess dinamita deserves it after that stupenduous KO

  • RalphGordon

    Sad thing is he can dictate now what he wants, Sorry Manny but I still don’t think you are 100% committed to boxing with politics still around the corner. You got nothing to prove, maybe take a lesser fight first and fight Mayweather, beat him and retire immediately which changes everything and be the only person to defeat him (wishful thinking). Land a lucky perfect punch on him

    • generalproblem

      not only politics but being a pastor. the worst is the pastor thing hehehhe. becuase of so many late night prayers manny fall sleep during the fight hahahha. napuyat kasi kasalanan ng mga pastor yan. sabi ng ng dyos nasa tao ang gawa nasa Dyos ang awa. you need to know when to pray. pay oras na ng tulog magdasal ka at matulog na. dimo na kailangan na mag bible study.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/EA7TIY7PYXEU5UOXG2K5CY5F64 Eric

    Laos na ang boxing….UFC na.

  • pinoysadubai

    ano to Pacquiao-Marquez 5? aabot pa yata to sa Pacquiao-Marquez 45…LOL!!!

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