By Rene Umanzor
Juan Manuel Marquez (55-6-1, 40KOs) is standing firm by the recent comments that appeared on BoxingScene.com. The four division world champion doesn't see a reason for a fifth fight with Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38KOs).
"I think for me there is no point [in a fifth fight]. We already achieved the desired result. Then why do it? So I also asked several people, several friends that I have around me and they told me not to do it, that there is no point in a fifth fight. I said before the fourth fight that no matter how this fight ends, there can not be a fifth," Marquez said a few days ago.
In the opinion of Marquez, Pacquiao did not do him any favors by making a fourth match and in turn he doesn't believe that anything is owed to the Filipino superstar. Marquez and Pacquiao fought to a controversial draw in 2004, and then Pacquiao won controversial decisions in 2008 and 2011. The win in 2011 had so much negative attention that Pacquiao himself wanted to set the record straight. Instead, Marquez knocked Pacquiao out cold in the sixth round of their fourth match last December.
"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," Marquez said.
“He did not give me the opportunity [for a fourth fight]. I earned the right [to fight him again] because his victories in the other fights were not convincing. He knew that I beat him and logically he did not want to continue the rest of his career with this thorn in his side. By giving me the opportunity, Manny Pacquiao also gave an opportunity to himself - because he wanted a clear victory."
"First let's see if we go forward and later we will analyze what fight will be made. We can talk about thousand different fights this year, but if I don't say yes then there is nothing. At this moment I feel very good physically, I feel strong, and I'm in good shape."
As previously stated, a fifth fight with Pacquiao is by far the biggest payday out there for Marquez.
Rene Umanzor covers boxing in Mexico for The Record.