MANILA, JUNE 24, 2013 (ABS-CBN) Contrary to his earlier statements, Juan Manuel Marquez said he’d consider fighting Manny Pacquiao again.

But Marquez will only approve a fifth clash on one condition: that it will be staged in Mexico.

“We offered that to Team Pacquiao and they rejected it,” Marquez claimed in Lance Pugmire’sLA Times report.

Following his sixth-round knockout win against Pacquiao last December, Marquez was adamant in fighting the Filipino boxer again.

He claimed that he had enough of Pacquiao after four fights and that he wanted to savor his victory over his nemesis.

But the Mexican revealed during the Beverly Hills stop of the Timothy Bradley fight press tour that he’d change his mind if Pacquiao’s camp gives into his demand.

“If the Pacquiao team tells me they want to fight in Mexico, yes, I will fight him.”

Pacquiao’s business adviser Michael Koncz earlier said that they have offered Marquez $13 million for the fifth bout.

The amount could have been Marquez’s biggest fight purse in his 20-year boxing career.

The Mexican, however, turned his back on the offer and chose to challenge Bradley for the WBO welterweight crown.

Marquez even said no amount of money will replace his knockout victory over Pacquiao.

"We know that [Pacquiao’s] offer will be tempting, but it isn't worth more than the feeling, what was lived, what was acquired after that knockout," Marquez said.

"That's worth more than several million dollars. I would rather retire with this feeling than take a risk in whatever happens with Pacquiao [such as another controversial decision]."

Analyst: Pacquiao-Marquez V will push through Posted at 01/02/2013 8:34 PM | Updated as of 01/03/2013 9:36 AM

Big payday to fuel fight

MANILA, Philippines – Despite calls for Manny Pacquiao’s retirement, a local boxing analyst believes that the proposed 5th fight between the Filipino boxer and nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez will still push through.

Al Mendoza said in an interview with Ted Failon on dzMM’s Failon Ngayon that the potential earnings of a fifth fight will motivate both boxers to have another go.

“Yes, malaking prosyentong matutuloy ‘yan,” said Mendoza. “Andyan pa rin ang element ng negosyo.”

He pointed out that boxing is prizefighting and is therefore a business.

A fifth installment in the Pacquiao-Marquez saga will be a blockbuster because of the exciting exchange between the two fighters in their fourth fight, said Mendoza.

“Nakikita ni [boxing promoter] Bob Arum, nung pagkatalo ni Pacquiao sabi niya ‘why not?’ nung may nagtanong sa kanya. Ibig sabihin talagang pag naglaro ng ikalimang laban, hindi yan malulugi sa takilya,” Mendoza said.

He added that if the fifth fight surpasses the thrill factor of the fourth clash, fans should expect the Pacquiao-Marquez saga to become just like the fabled rivalry between “Sugar” Ray Robinson and Jake LaMotta from the 1940’s to the early 1950’s.

The thrilling exchange between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez will make the fifth bout a blockbuster hit, said one boxing analyst. Photo by Reuters

There is no other viable opponent for Pacquiao but Marquez and vice versa, he said.

“Kung meron mang lalabanang iba, hindi katulad ng Pacquiao-Marquez fight. Alam natin sa kasaysayan ng boxing na may six fights, ‘yung pinakasikat si Jake LaMotta versus ‘Sugar’ Ray Robinson. Ginawa pa ngang pelikula.”

He said it is possible that there could even be a sixth or seventh bout.

“Posible pa yan maging 6 fights ‘yan eh. ‘Di naman sa sobra, baka maging 7 fights pa ‘yan,” said Mendoza.

Before losing by knockout in their fourth clash, Pacquiao narrowly edged Marquez in their previous bouts.

In 2004, the Filipino decked Marquez three times in the first round only to settle for a controversial draw.

This was followed by two more in 2008 and 2011 with Pacquiao winning both bouts on points.

After Pacquiao’s loss to Marquez last December, his wife Jinkee and his mother Dionisia both asked the boxer to retire.

"Boxers risk their lives; [some] end up in wheelchairs. I don't want that to happen to Manny," Jinkee said.

Marquez’s wife Erika also has the same sentiment. She said she wants her husband to devote the rest of his time to his family.

“What I want is for him to retire and to devote his time to enjoying his family. When Juan fights, I suffer enough. In this fight [with Pacquiao] it was no exception,” she said.

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