Roach still dreams of Pacquiao-JMM 5th fight


Manny Pacquiao, left, and Juan Manuel Márquez get involved in the preliminaries before Saturday’s fight for the WBO welterweight title. (Julie Jacobson/AP PHOTO)

MACAU—A fifth fight between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez in Mexico City.

“A  rematch, more than anything else,”  Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach declared before Filipino sportswriters at The Venetian Macao yesterday afternoon. “It’s the best fight out there.”

Roach, a  five-time trainer of the year, said he doesn’t mind if Pacquiao-Marquez V is held in Mexico, just for the Filipino eight-division world champion to get the chance to redeem himself from that horrific sixth round knockout dealt by Marquez last Dec. 8 in Las Vegas.

Recalling the key moment when Marquez caught a charging Pacquiao with a dynamite right barely a second to go in the round, Roach said it was both perfect timing and luck that paved the way for Marquez’s stunning victory.

“He (Marquez) got lucky,” said Roach, who is in this new gambling mecca as chief trainer of Chinese sports hero Zou Shiming, a two-time Olympic champion, who’s making his pro debut on Saturday at the 15,000 seat Cotai Arena.

“That (Marquez fight) is the biggest out there, and the most dangerous,” said Roach.

So popular is Zou in China that his four-round fight against Mexican Eleazar Valenzuela (2-1-1, 1 KO), is considered the main attraction, overshadowing Brian Viloria’s defense of his WBO and WBA flyweight titles against Mexican Juan Francisco Estrada in the fight card promoted by Top Rank Inc.

The 32-year-old Viloria (32-3 with 19 KOs) was scheduled to train under Marvin Somodio, Roach’s understudy, yesterday afternoon as he stepped up his bid to make Estrada (22-2, 17 KOs) his 19th Mexican victim.

Meanwhile, the possibility of Pacquiao fighting in the United States in his next bout keeps getting dim with each passing day.

“Very slim,” venerable promoter Bob Arum, referring to Pacquiao’s return to the ring mid-September,  told Filipino sportswriters here.

And the main stumbling block, according to Arum is the prohibitive taxes (at least 39.6 percent) that will  be slashed from Pacquiao’s purse if he fights in Las Vegas.

Arum, who sees Macau as the next boxing capital, referring to it as “Las Vegas on steroids,” said he sees a sell-out in his first promotional card in this former Portuguese territory.

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  • Timoy

    Nacho Beristain admitted that a fifth fight would be dangerous for JMM. He knows that when he saw how Pacquiao pummeled Marquez prior to that devastating knockout. But if they’re man enough, they should agree for a fifth bout.

  • DarkSideOfTheMoon2

    money money money……

  • Yet Jua

    True. Paquiao is a junk boxer.He chances to prove himself that he is a better boxer than Floyd had diminished.And even Marquez there is no doubt that he is a better fighter than Pacquiao.Marquez lost to Floyd in a single knockout and Pacquiao lost to Marquez in a stunning double knockout and one of them was deadly that made Pacquiao flat on the floor unconscious for seconds.Floyd against Pacquiao againts Marquez is not an interesting boxing match anymore.Maybe Pacquiao can start all over again as an undercard boxer.

  • Yxon

    marquez wants to really savor his win over pacquiao; that’s why he doesnt want a fifth; he knows he just got in a lucky punch; a fifth would be murder for him.

    • Timoy

      So true. Even Nacho Beristain knows that.

  • Nick_Fury

    Yeah by all means go for the 5th fight and payback. Just make sure that JuanMa PEDinamita is not on roids/juice/peewee juice/poopoo snack or on to anything. Lets see if he can score a knockout this time or him getting knock out cold this time.

  • xpider07

    Again! Fight somebody else!


    it will be the second time he will sleep a very good sleep with the nightmare upon wide waking. better for him to become full pledge balimbing politician and a love offering advocate (politics). he was a hero before. now he is a clown.

    • Yet Jua

      Singing at Jimmy Kemmel show and an interview with CNN…he was already a clown before that.

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    Nah! JMM won’t even entertain the thought of it!


    Keep on dreaming Freddy because after 4 fights, you can’t still figure out how to get the better of Beristain and decisively beat Marquez.

    • pinoyobserver

      It’s more like JMM was on steroids you can’t detect and once he got the KO, No MAS because he wants to keep it that way until the time that somebody spills the beans (in due time just like Lance Armstrong) that JMM was actually on steroids.

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