It appears as though Juan Manuel Marquez had made his final decision on whether he was going to fight Manny Pacquiao for the fifth time next, and the answer is a no.
“There’s no reason for a fifth fight against Pacquiao. It was clear, the goal we had we’ve already achieved. There is no longer anything pending, it’s all finalized and for it to happen it would have to be the last option,” stated Juan Manuel Marquez.
Despite Marquez claiming that there is nothing else to prove again Pacquiao, and that he is not interested in facing him again, he does clarify that in spite of it being the last possible option, the fight is still plausible if nothing else comes up.
There are a few fighters out there that Marquez can target, but none that will yield the kind of profit that a fight against Manny would. Sure Pacquiao is the riskiest option on the table, but there hasn’t been a better time for Marquez to accept that fight, since his confident must be through the roof.
It’s not necessarily surprising that he is trying to avoid another fight against the Filipino sensation, but I believe that in the end, Marquez and Pacquiao will end up facing each other yet again.
While there are numerous rumors floating around about Bob Arum’s upcoming dinner with Juan Manuel Marquez in order to discuss a possibility of fighting Pacquiao for the fifth time, thus far the meeting has never happened. Some reports are suggesting that the meeting had been postponed by Marquez for unknown reasons.
According to another recent suggestion, Juan Manuel Marquez has officially asked for $20 million payday in order to meet Pacquiao in the ring yet another time.
“It may be too much for him to ask for $20 million. But maybe that’s just an initial figure in order to get the negotiations going. He may end up settling for half of that,” believes a source.
Is $20 million too much to ask for? Before his knockout of Pacquiao, I would not think that this kind of money is plausible to ask for by Marquez, but now, being that the fifth fight would make more money than any of the previous ones, I think it’s reasonable.
As the source has reasoned, this may be a figure to start the negotiations from, and while the only way to go would be down, it’s always better to negotiate down from higher number.
Arum would likely try to convince Marquez that this is simply impossible because the fight would simply not make enough money in order to cover such offers, but in reality, Arum knows that this is the biggest profit fight other than Mayweather Jr. vs. Pacquiao would be.
Fighting Rios or any other fighter is not only a very high-risk and low-reward scenario for Pacquiao, but is also a waste of his precious time. If anyone will be standing in the way of this fight, it would Top Rank, as for Manny, a chance at redemption while getting paid a tremendous sum of money is a win-win.
What do you think, is Marquez being reasonable?
Bob Arum is not giving up on the Pacquiao vs. Marquez V, and is planning to sit down with Marquez to do some further negotiating.
“We have to figure what the deal is. We’ll run the numbers. In other words we have to take everything into account and see where the most money is for everybody. It’s obvious more money will be made fighting in the US,” stated Arum in a recent interview.
Based on that statement alone, I assume Top Rank is willing to possibly offer Marquez more money than before, trying to lure ‘Dinamita’ in with the obvious bait.
As I have said before, I believe that this fight will happen, and will happen at either the end of 2013, or early 2014. Everyone wants to be paid, the more the better, and Marquez is not an exception to this rule.
When asked about Pacquiao vs. Rios talks, Arums deflected the entire idea:
“He is not negotiating with me. He is negotiating with Manny.”
To most it may still sounds promising, to me, if not with the blessing from Top Rank, fights against Pacquiao will not come to fruition.
As always, Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather Jr. doesn’t cease to surprise and surpass.
Most of us weren’t sure whether Mayweather Jr. was going to actually pick Robert Guerrero as his next opponent, but now, not only is Guerrero getting the opportunity of a lifetime, we will have to watch this fight on Showtime PPV.
I did not believe my eyes when reading and my ears where hearing about this news, for it seemed like Mayweather Jr. and HBO were connected at the hip, forever in a joint and prosperous union.
I can only assume that Mayweather Jr. had made the right choice, as he is definitely a much better boxer/businessman than anyone else in the world of sports. Logic dictates that he will be making a lot more money, getting the higher cuts, and playing by his own rules.
So what does this new deal mean for the boxing fans? Aside from the likelihood that Mayweather Jr. will fight a lot more often (up to six fights over the next 30 months as reported), but also a very different approach to the marketing of the fights.
There will be no more HBO 24/7 with Floyd’s name attached to it. Instead it will be the Showtime Fight Camp 360, which will instantly gain ground, and experience a surge in popularity as well as quality due to Mayweather’s participation.
I don’t know if Showtime will be the right thing for Floyd as well as the boxing fans down the line, but I am curious to see how they do and what new tricks they will think of to convince the crowd to spend on the PPV events
While Bob Arum is running around being confident that Juan Manuel Marquez will end up facing Manny Pacquiao for the fifth time, Marquez thinks otherwise.
“[I] am not interested in doing it, [there’s] no point, since [my] objective was achieved. The most important thing is that everything settled positively for me. Nor do I think that the fans have interest in seeing a rematch between us,” informed Marquez in a recent interview.
As far as there not being a point to the fifth fight, Marquez is of course very wrong. On paper he lost more than he won again Pacquiao, thus the point of another fight would be simply to prove that his knockout of Manny was not a fluke, and we know how boxing loves its solid proof.
Also, when stating that the fans have little interest in another bout, Marquez is either evading another reason for the fight to happen, or is simply uninformed on what the boxing public thinks and wants.
While I have not seen a tremendous out-pour of boxing fans demanding anther fight, most believe that it would be a great fight with a lot of significance behind it, and most importantly the fans would be willing to pay for it.
It is impossible to say what will happen with these two, but I do believe that they will once again meet inside the ring to try and prove who the better man really is.