By Salvador Rodriguez
Former four division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez is not paying any attention to the recent statements from Ruslan Provodnikov, holder of the WBO 140-pound title. Speaking with several outlets, including BoxingScene.com, Provodnikov once again challenged Marquez and said the Mexican would show fear by not accepting a fight with him. Marquez is more interested in the winner of the April rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley. He doesn't see any value in facing Provodnikov.
"Provodnikov is a great fighter, he demonstrated that with Bradley. He is very strong, I think the challenge is there, and I have never ignored anyone - but right now I'm at a stage in my career where I want something that helps me in leaving a legacy. I want that fifth championship, and if that does not exist for me then I'm closer to retirement," Marquez said.
"I would gain nothing by fighting with Provodnikov for a title that I already owned. I want something that transcends, for the history of my career and my country. I'm looking to leave a legacy in boxing."