Talk about going the distance. An unprecedented fifth fight between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez is apparently in the works.
Angel Heredia, Marquez’s strength and conditioning coach, has contacted Freddie Roach about the potential bout. The Mexican trainer said the talk put a smile on Roach’s face.
“He started to get really excited about it because he still wants the fight. He told me that Manny would take that fight in a minute,” said Heredia, via Fight Saga. “He would take it right away! They both still want that fight!”
The two last fought in December 2012. Marquez shocked the boxing world by landing a powerful right jab to Pacquiao’s mouth, sending the Filipino icon to the canvass. Pacquiao wants to avenge the devastating loss, while Marquez feels he no longer has anything to prove in a fifth fight.
In 2014, Pacquiao and Top Rank CEO Bob Arum were willing to make the fight happen had Marquez accepted a $10 million purse. The talks broke down when the Mexican pugilist demanded a hefty $20 million payday.
Marquez told BoxingScene earlier this year that he has no interest in fighting Pacquiao again. He stated that Pacquiao would not grant him the same opportunity had their fourth fight produced a different outcome.
“I’m no longer interested in that. I beat him and the issue is already closed. A lot of people tell me that Pacquiao gave me a rematch [three] times, but he did that because he didn’t beat me,” Marquez explained. “If he had beat me in the same way that I beat him, would he have signed for a fifth fight?”
Heredia claimed that Marquez’s stance has mellowed in the last few months. He asked his steed if he would sign up for a fifth fight if he would be paid $30 million. Marquez allegedly responded, “Well, let’s just see what happens.”
Apart from money, Marquez could improve his status as arguably the best Mexican boxer ever. If Pacquiao wins against Jessie Vargas in November, the Philippine senator will be the new WBO welterweight titleholder. Marquez, a four-division world champion, has never claimed a welterweight belt in his illustrious 23-year career.
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