By Robert Morales
Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum told us last week that the boxing community should not worry, that a fifth fight between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez will get made, even though Marquez has been quoted on BoxingScene.com as saying, "Regarding the fifth fight with Pacquiao, I am not interested in doing it. There is no point. The objective was achieved and everything that was outstanding is now finished. The most important thing is that everything concluded in a positive manner for me. I don't believe that the fans are interested in seeing another rematch between us."
Arum said reporters in Mexico have taken Marquez's comments out of context, though it doesn't seem possible those particular comments could mean anything else no matter where they came during an interview.
Arum promotes Marquez along with Marquez's Mexico-based promoter Fernando Beltran. Arum said Marquez told Beltran he does want the fifth fight.
"You understand, there is no fight that can be made for him - and I'm his promoter - that can be anywhere close to what he would make from Pacquiao," Arum said. "Boxing is a business and he's going to do what is best for him and his family."
A fifth fight presumably would take place in September, perhaps out of the country so everyone is not stuck with the new marginal tax rate of 39.6 percent in the U.S. - up from 35 percent.
"Both of these guys are under contract to Top Rank," Arum said. "If I can't make the deal under those circumstances, then I don't deserve to be in the business."
He said it.
Robert Morales covers boxing for BoxingScene.com and the Los Angeles Daily News.