De La Hoya 'Would Love to See' Fifth Pacquiao-Marquez Fight

By Keith Idec

Juan Manuel Marquez has resisted the temptation for more than five years to fight Manny Pacquiao yet again.

Count Oscar De La Hoya among those that hopes Mexico’s Marquez changes his mind. De La Hoya “would love” to see a fifth fight between Marquez and Pacquiao, who’ll challenge Lucas Matthysse for the WBA world welterweight title Sunday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Marquez (56-7-1, 40 KOs) announced his retirement last August 4 and seems content to leave well enough alone in his riveting rivalry with Pacquiao. Marquez knocked Pacquiao unconscious with a perfect counter right hand in the sixth round of their fourth fight in December 2012 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.


Pacquiao has long wanted another shot at Marquez, but Marquez has turned down numerous lucrative offers for their fifth fight.

Marquez will turn 45 on August 23. That’ll make him the same age as De La Hoya, who hasn’t fought in the nearly 10 years since Pacquiao surprisingly dominated him in their December 2008 bout at MGM Grand Garden Arena.

“It would be great,” De La Hoya said Thursday, according to The Philippine Daily Inquirer. “Fight for the ages. If they fight again, we know it’s gonna be another war. People wanna see it. I would love to see it.”

De La Hoya’s company promotes Matthysse, who is a slight underdog against Pacquiao entering their 12-round, 147-pound title fight at Axiata Arena (ESPN+; Saturday at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT).

The 39-year-old Pacquiao is 6-1 since Marquez beat him 5½ years ago. His lone loss during that stretch was a unanimous-decision defeat to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in their heavily hyped welterweight title fight in May 2015 at MGM Grand Garden Arena.

The Philippines’ Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KOs) beat Marquez in two of their first three fights. Marquez overcame three first-round knockdowns in their first fight to battle Pacquiao to a draw in May 2004.

Pacquiao then beat Marquez by split decision in March 2008 and majority decision in November 2011. Each of those close victories caused controversy.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Kanye on 07-14-2018

I think Marquez convincingly won that rivalry; it won't get any better. If he were to accept another fight, he could end up losing another controversial decision. That rivalry could only end in a KO, and, while both fighters looked…

Comment by Body Shot on 07-14-2018

Ive seen it four times, dont think I need a fifth time honestly.

Comment by JWHardin on 07-14-2018

JMM arguably won all of the fights, and the last as convincingly as you could. He would be a fool to fight again. It makes me laugh still at Pac fans and Pac himself accusing JMM of juicing. JMM said…

Comment by eco1 on 07-14-2018

[QUOTE=TexasCowBoy;18936254]Wow.....manny got knockedout suffered braindamage....cried on t.v. and you are saying that pacman "destroys him worse than he did in their last fight"....dude are you filipino???....the Filipino people really have suffered terribly since Marquez knocked out Manny.....father time will heal…

Comment by WesternChamp on 07-14-2018

oscar is mexican so he could prolly get it done.. pay the cartels off to put a hit out on marquez if he doesnt agree to a 5th fight.

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