MARQUEZ: NO POINT IN 5th FIGHT VS PACQUIAO / MARQUEZ WANTS $20 M TO FIGHT PACQUIAO



[PHOTO -Juan Manuel Marquez]

MANILA, MARCH 18, 2013 (INQUIRER) By Celest R. Flores - Buoyed by a huge knockout win over his toughest tormentor Manny Pacquiao, Juan Manuel Marquez believes there is no reason to meet in the ring again for the fifth time.

With their first three meetings always ending in a controversy, the Mexican boxer is confident that his one-punch knockout victory over Pacquiao last December was enough to prove his claim.

“There is no point to have a fifth fight with Pacquiao. It was already made clear [who is better]. We already accomplished that objective,” said Marquez in an article at Boxingscene.com

Marquez has other ideas in mind on who he should fight next, just as Top Rank head honcho Bob Arum also has plans lined up in case there would be no fifth installment of the Pacquiao-Marquez fight.

And it largely hinges on the fight between Timothy Bradley and Ruslan Provodnkov, and Brandon Rios’ rematch with Mike Alvarado this year.

“If Marquez and Manny decide to fight this year, then I’ll try to make Rios and Bradley. If Manny and Marquez won’t fight this year, one of them can fight Bradley and the other can fight Rios,” said Arum in an interview with Boxing Scene.

But the 39-year-old veteran fighter insists that Pacquiao-Marquez V is at the bottom of his camp’s priority list.

“Nothing has been finalized and everything is still pending. [A fifth Pacquiao] would be the last option [among our considerations],” Marquez said.

Buoyed by a huge knockout win over his toughest tormentor Manny Pacquiao, Juan Manuel Marquez believes there is no reason to meet in the ring again for the fifth time.

With their first three meetings always ending in a controversy, the Mexican boxer is confident that his one-punch knockout victory over Pacquiao last December was enough to prove his claim.

“There is no point to have a fifth fight with Pacquiao. It was already made clear [who is better]. We already accomplished that objective,” said Marquez in an article at Boxingscene.com

Marquez has other ideas in mind on who he should fight next, just as Top Rank head honcho Bob Arum also has plans lined up in case there would be no fifth installment of the Pacquiao-Marquez fight.

And it largely hinges on the fight between Timothy Bradley and Ruslan Provodnkov, and Brandon Rios’ rematch with Mike Alvarado this year.

“If Marquez and Manny decide to fight this year, then I’ll try to make Rios and Bradley. If Manny and Marquez won’t fight this year, one of them can fight Bradley and the other can fight Rios,” said Arum in an interview with Boxing Scene.

But the 39-year-old veteran fighter insists that Pacquiao-Marquez V is at the bottom of his camp’s priority list.

“Nothing has been finalized and everything is still pending. [A fifth Pacquiao] would be the last option [among our considerations],” Marquez said.

Marquez wants $20-M purse Fifth duel now a question of cash By Roy Luarca Philippine Daily Inquirer 9:57 pm | Monday, March 4th

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.

‘Pacquiao, Marquez may fight separate foes first’ By Roy Luarca Philippine Daily Inquirer 9:33 pm | Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Mexican promoter Fernando Beltran sees the fifth fight between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez happening late in the year, not in September as originally envisioned.

Beltran, who co-promotes Marquez, told BoxingScene.com that he believes both fighters are likely to take interim bouts before plunging into another war for the ages.

And their likely opponents, according to Beltran, will be the winners of the showdown between Timothy Bradley and Russian Ruslan Provodnikov on March 16 and the rematch between Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado on March 30.

Bradley handed Pacquiao a dubious split-decision defeat in June last year, while the versatile Rios stopped the erstwhile unbeaten Alvarado in the seventh round in October.

Provodnikov was Pacquiao’s former sparring partner.

Top Rank CEO Bob Arum, following a dinner with Marquez and Beltran in Mexico City last week, reportedly gave the four-division champion and Pacquiao tormentor three options, according to The Ring’s Lem Satterfield.

Marquez could face either Bradley or Rios, granting that they emerge winners this month. The third option is to fight Pacquiao, which is guaranteed to bring in the most money, again.

If Marquez chooses Bradley or Rios, then Pacquiao could take on the one not picked to fight Marquez.

Arum said there is also a possibility that Pacquiao-Marquez V could be held further back in 2014.


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