MARQUEZ SNUBS $13 M OFFER TO FIGHT PACMAN / MARQUEZ VS BRADLEY FINAL

MANILA, APRIL 29, 2013 (PHILSTAR)  - Juan Manuel Marquez thinks that a shot at a fifth world title in as many divisions is far greater and far more important than a juicy $13 million paycheck.

It was reported by Yahoo! Sports yesterday that Marquez was offered $13 million to face Manny Pacquiao later this year in another rematch and continuation of their never-ending rivalry. 

But the 39-year-old Mexican turned down what should be the biggest paycheck of his life and for any other Mexican boxer in history for what he believes is a bigger challenge.

Instead, the boxer who stunned the world with a smashing sixth-round knockout of Pacquiao last December in Las Vegas will face Timothy Bradley.

Bradley also defeated Pacquiao last year but his victory on points was questionable. He has agreed to defend his WBO welterweight crown against Marquez in a fight tentatively set Sept. 14 at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas.

Bradley was offered a smaller amount of $6 million, compared to the $13 million offered to Marquez by the Pacquiao camp, but the undefeated American also turned it down.

Marquez said becoming the first Mexican to win five world titles in five weight divisions is his dream. He said a month ago he can do two more fights, and if he beats Bradley, then that one last fight could be against Pacquiao.

If that fight takes place, Marquez can ask for something even bigger than $13 million.

“Look, what is being said about Pacquiao – that a fifth fight wouldn’t make sense – well, it’s just like that,” Marquez told ESPN Deportes the other day.

“It still doesn’t make sense. To me, it wouldn’t be a challenge, and I need challenges. I would like to close my career in good standing and leave a legacy behind me. I want everyone to remember me for having faced the best fighters out there, and I believe Timothy Bradley is one of them.

“And why not look forward to finding that fifth title in a fifth weight class, which is something no one here in Mexico has achieved? So to me this is an important challenge, a difficult challenge, a tough challenge. But I always have the mindset that anything can be achieved,” he said.

Marquez said becoming the first Mexican to win five world titles in five weight divisions is his dream. He said a month ago he can do two more fights, and if he beats Bradley, then that one last fight could be against Pacquiao.

If that fight takes place, Marquez can ask for something even bigger than $13 million.

“Look, what is being said about Pacquiao – that a fifth fight wouldn’t make sense – well, it’s just like that,” Marquez told ESPN Deportes the other day.

“It still doesn’t make sense. To me, it wouldn’t be a challenge, and I need challenges. I would like to close my career in good standing and leave a legacy behind me. I want everyone to remember me for having faced the best fighters out there, and I believe Timothy Bradley is one of them. 

“And why not look forward to finding that fifth title in a fifth weight class, which is something no one here in Mexico has achieved? So to me this is an important challenge, a difficult challenge, a tough challenge. But I always have the mindset that anything can be achieved,” he said.

Marquez-Bradley ‘signed and sealed’ – Arum By Dino Maragay (philstar.com) | Updated April 24, 2013 - 10:32am


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MANILA, Philippines – Juan Manuel Marquez has finalized a fight with Timothy Bradley, leaving Manny Pacquiao the option of taking on either Mike Alvarado or Brandon Rios as his comeback opponent in October or December.

In a report by The Los Angeles Times’ Lance Pugmire, Top Rank chief Bob Arum said that Pacquiao’s insistence to face Marquez a fifth time in either Singapore or China made the Mexican opt for Bradley instead.

Marquez reportedly wants a rematch with Pacquiao in the US, something the Filipino isn’t amenable to owing to tax reasons.

In holding his next fight in either Singapore or Macau, Pacquiao, according to Arum, can avoid as much as 40 percent tax in his salary.

Marquez, meanwhile, is doubtful a fifth fight between him and Pacquiao can generate as much income when held outside the US.

“Marquez-Pacquiao in the US would generate incredible riches, but Marquez isn’t convinced Marquez-Pacquiao in Asia will result in the pay-per-view money being as strong,” Arum said.

The Mexican knocked out cold his Filipino rival during their fourth fight last December, and has gone on record that the knockout victory alone is good enough to put an end to their storied rivalry. Nevertheless, Pacquiao is keen on facing Marquez for a fifth time.

But Marquez has gone the other direction, with Arum saying that the deal with Bradley has been “signed and sealed.”

“Marquez wanted to fight Bradley and Bradley wanted to fight Marquez,” said Arum.

Bradley (30-0, 13 KOs) thus faces the task of defending his WBO welterweight title against Marquez after retaining it against Ruslan Provodnikov last March .

Pacquiao, for his part, is busy preparing for the May elections, running unopposed for a fresh term as representative of Sarangani’s lone district.

Then it’s Rios or Alvarado after the polls.


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