Big payday to fuel fight
MANILA, Philippines – Despite calls for Manny Pacquiao’s retirement, a local boxing analyst believes that the proposed 5th fight between the Filipino boxer and nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez will still push through.
Al Mendoza said in an interview with Ted Failon on dzMM’s Failon Ngayon that the potential earnings of a fifth fight will motivate both boxers to have another go.
“Yes, malaking prosyentong matutuloy ‘yan,” said Mendoza. “Andyan pa rin ang element ng negosyo.”
He pointed out that boxing is prizefighting and is therefore a business.
A fifth installment in the Pacquiao-Marquez saga will be a blockbuster because of the exciting exchange between the two fighters in their fourth fight, said Mendoza.
“Nakikita ni [boxing promoter] Bob Arum, nung pagkatalo ni Pacquiao sabi niya ‘why not?’ nung may nagtanong sa kanya. Ibig sabihin talagang pag naglaro ng ikalimang laban, hindi yan malulugi sa takilya,” Mendoza said.
He added that if the fifth fight surpasses the thrill factor of the fourth clash, fans should expect the Pacquiao-Marquez saga to become just like the fabled rivalry between “Sugar” Ray Robinson and Jake LaMotta from the 1940’s to the early 1950’s.
|The thrilling exchange between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez will make the fifth bout a blockbuster hit, said one boxing analyst. Photo by Reuters
There is no other viable opponent for Pacquiao but Marquez and vice versa, he said.
“Kung meron mang lalabanang iba, hindi katulad ng Pacquiao-Marquez fight. Alam natin sa kasaysayan ng boxing na may six fights, ‘yung pinakasikat si Jake LaMotta versus ‘Sugar’ Ray Robinson. Ginawa pa ngang pelikula.”
He said it is possible that there could even be a sixth or seventh bout.
“Posible pa yan maging 6 fights ‘yan eh. ‘Di naman sa sobra, baka maging 7 fights pa ‘yan,” said Mendoza.
Before losing by knockout in their fourth clash, Pacquiao narrowly edged Marquez in their previous bouts.
In 2004, the Filipino decked Marquez three times in the first round only to settle for a controversial draw.
This was followed by two more in 2008 and 2011 with Pacquiao winning both bouts on points.
After Pacquiao’s loss to Marquez last December, his wife Jinkee and his mother Dionisia both asked the boxer to retire.
"Boxers risk their lives; [some] end up in wheelchairs. I don't want that to happen to Manny," Jinkee said.
Marquez’s wife Erika also has the same sentiment. She said she wants her husband to devote the rest of his time to his family.
“What I want is for him to retire and to devote his time to enjoying his family. When Juan fights, I suffer enough. In this fight [with Pacquiao] it was no exception,” she said.