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Marquez is Firm, Not Even For $100 Million Will He Face Pacquiao

By Miguel Rivera

Rumors are circulating around that investors in Asia are willing to put $70 million for Juan Manuel Marquez to travel overseas for a fifth fight with Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao.

The boxers last met in 2012, with Marquez scoring a spectacular sixth round knockout over Pacquiao. In the previous three meetings, they fought to a draw in 2004 and Pacquiao win close and some felt controversial decisions in 2008 and 2011.

Inactive since defeating Mike Alvarado in May of 2014, Marquez is in his third week of training at the Romanza Gym for a planned return - which the Mexican veteran is hoping takes place on a date in June.

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Earlier this year, Marquez made a bold statement that he would reject an offer of even $100 million to fight Pacquiao for a fifth time.

Even Pacquiao's promoter, Bob Arum of Top Rank, had a recent meeting with Marquez and the Mexican boxer told him that he would reject "any amount of money" to face Pacquiao again.

Marquez believes the Pacquiao rivalry is a dead issue and sees absolutely no reason for a fifth meeting.

Making a statement is one thing. Now that there might be real money on the table, would Marquez stand firm on his position?

"I do not know if [that offer is] serious, if it's just a rumor - but at the end of the day whether it's 30, 40, 50 or 100 million - what was written was written," Marquez told ESPN Deportes. "There are fighters who can be offered [that amount], but personally that [money] is not important to me."

As far as his comeback, Marquez says his training is right on track - even without his head trainer, Nacho Beristain, who is currently preparing Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. for an all-Mexican mega-bout with Saul "Canelo" Alvarez on May 6th at the T-Mobile Arena.

"Everything is good. We started practically on February 10 and this is the third week. We are starting to pick up the pace. I feel that on the one hand it is good [that Nacho is not here at the moment] and on the other hand it is bad. We will work as we have always done... with courage, with heart. He has a commitment and he has to comply with that, and my commitment is to be in the gym and that commitment is important," Marquez said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Left2theliver on 03-27-2017

Dude finally got his one win, after three attempts. If he wants to ride off with that, more power to him. All four of those fights were good, so I'm always down for more. But yeah, if he wants to…

Comment by Hatesrats on 03-27-2017

KTFO6 it's over. Storyline is over. #Conclusion. JMM>Manny

Comment by GhostofDempsey on 03-27-2017

Of course not, Roidez knows he will have to commit to VADA testing next time around. He stole his tainted victory using PEDs. He was getting his ass kicked and had about two rounds left in him until the lucky…

Comment by CLUBBER! on 03-27-2017

[QUOTE=HURTFEELINGS;17466031]So even by your standard JMM probably won 3 out of 4, and when he left Pac for dead, you guys tried to claim HE TRIPPED! LMAO. Why would any sane person want to go through continuous robberies.:boxing:[/QUOTE] Reading comprehension…

Comment by HURTFEELINGS on 03-03-2017

Pac got left for dead while jmm talked sh|t to him as he laid there lifeless. You cant end a rivalry more emphatic than that. Why would you want to ruin that memory. We know if it goes to the…

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