Marquez Has Other Options if He Rejects Manny Pacquiao
By Miguel Rivera
Juan Manuel Marquez (55-6-1, 40KOs), 39-years-old, will have other options available to him if he decides to take a pass on a fifth fight with Manny Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38KOs). Last December in Las Vegas, Marquez knocked Pacquiao out in the sixth round. Marquez recently had a meeting in Mexico with Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum. Marquez was presented with alternative opportunities, if he decides to reject Pacquiao. During a few interviews over the past month, Marquez stated that he saw no reason for a fifth fight.
"I spoke with him. The fifth fight against Pacquiao is being contemplated, but there are other names that we presented to him," says Arum.
Some of the names include the winner of Timothy Bradley vs. Ruslan Provodnikov, the winner of Brandon Rios vs. Mike Alvarado II and even undefeated Jessie Vargas.
"If he does not choose to face Pacquiao again, then we'll look for another fight. The only thing that I am sure of right now - is that he will fight again. Mexicans deserve to see him in the ring again, because he is our hero and our idol," said Marquez's co-promoter Fernando Beltran of Zanfer Promotions.
"Marquez is one of the smartest fighters that our country has produced. He's the boss and he gives the orders. I am respectful to his family, because they are giving him a chance to fight again. It's not up to me to make a decision for or against a Manny Pacquiao fight. I can only provide my opinion if he asks me."
I do think the 5th fight would happen because the money is enough for JMM to retire on but his ego might actually make him wanting to retire on an iconic KO win that he has over Pac.Comment by Emon723 on 03-04-2013
I prefer Marquez-Rios, even though its high risk for JMM at age 40, than Marquez against Bradley.Comment by straightleft on 03-04-2013
[QUOTE=ailicec;13106759][B]Ríos is easy money[/B]. He just comes straight forward with no defense.[B] Bradley, easy money[/B], leaves himself wide open and doesn't hit as hard, can't explain how Pacquiao couldn't knock him out. The only thing with Bradley is that if…Comment by jcamarena79 on 03-04-2013
Marquez will end up fighting Pacquio one more time...He's just letting Arum sweat it out a bit, once Arum puts alot of zeros on the offer Marquez is gonna jump on it. As far as all this noise about Marquez…Comment by handsome1-1 on 03-03-2013
Marquez if u r reading this, come clean, get off the juice PEDs then fight and ur only outcome is sent into retirement by ANY top 10 light welterweight in the businessPost a Comment - View More User Comments (51)