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Marquez Rejects Arum's Idea of Facing Pacquiao in 2016

By Miguel Rivera

Former four division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez (56-7-1, 40KOs) has rejected the idea of facing Manny Pacquiao for a fifth time.

Last week, Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank told BoxingScene.com that Marquez - if he decides to continue fighting - would be a possibility to fight Pacquiao in his 2016 comeback fight. Arum also named Amir Khan, Terence Crawford, Lucas Matthysse and Kell Brook.

"Yes, I believe they are interested [in that fight], but I no longer am and that's a fact," Marquez told ESPN Deportes.

The 42-year-old veteran has been away from the ring since last May's twelve round decision win over Mike Alvarado. Promoter Fernando Beltran plans to speak with him in the next few weeks about a possible year-end return.

Marquez brutally knocked out Pacquiao in the sixth round in their fourth and what appears to be the final meeting between the two in 2012. They fought to a draw in 2004 and Pacquiao came out as the winner, controversially, in two close decisions in 2008 and 2013.

Since the knockout loss, Pacquiao and Arum have tried to get Marquez back in the ring. He doesn't seem to care about the money involved in the fight. He wants that knockout win to remain as the last image of their four fight series.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by DeadLikeMe on 09-24-2015

[QUOTE=aboutfkntime;16079505]Every unbiased boxing fan will admit that Marquez got shafted in the earlier fights, especially the third. [B]The third fight proved that no matter what happens, Marquez will never win a decision against Pacquiao[/b]..... NEVER ! At least attempt to…

Comment by aboutfkntime on 09-24-2015

[QUOTE=boxingfan4life;16077997][B]Im not saying Pac didn't juice either. Im just pointing out that Marquez definitely did. [/B] Everyone, including pac fans, knows he was on something. A fighters punching power is the last thing to go. Its odd that's the first…

Comment by aboutfkntime on 09-24-2015

[QUOTE=ADP02;16077970]Yup, that is what makes this crazy and its not like this was the first time this came up. Marquez could have had this fight last year or the year before that. Marquez begged Manny. Then gets the win and…

Comment by Johnny2x2x on 09-24-2015

He nearly killed Pacquiao the last time they fought. Leave it at that.

Comment by aboutfkntime on 09-24-2015

[QUOTE=Mr. Punch-Out!!;16077749]@Zaroku Let's not act like he's on the verge of getting KO'd again or something. He's had other fights since then and hasn't been KO'd again so far. He gave him a rematch, that's what he gave him. No…

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