MANILA, Philippines – Mexico’s Juan Manuel Marquez has nothing to gain but a lot to lose in a fifth clash against Manny Pacquiao, according to a boxing analyst.
Fight Hype’s Vivek Wallace, in his column Left Hook Lounge, argued that Marquez won’t get anything from the Pacquiao fight aside other than a huge payday.
Wallace suggested that Marquez step away from boxing while he’s on top, or risk losing again to Pacquiao.
“If I were guiding the career of Juan Manuel Marquez, without a doubt, I'd remind him that he has nothing left to prove in the sport, and if there was ever a better time to walk away, now is that time,” said the boxing analyst.
“A Pacquiao stoppage - which isn't far fetched - allows Team Pacquiao to use the old ‘one bad night’ theory with relative success,” he added.
Wallace said it took Marquez a long time before he got a decisive victory over the Filipino superstar.
“What takes a lifetime to build can take a split second (or ten in this case) to tear down,” he said.
The Pacquiao-Marquez saga has spanned a total of eight years, which includes a draw, two decisions favoring Pacquiao, and a knockout victory for Marquez.
Although the Mexican boxer has yet to announce his next move following his victory over Pacquiao last December, his handler Fernando Beltran of Zanfer Promotions said they are likely to grant the Filipino a fifth bout.
"Juan Manuel Marquez and myself are gentlemen and we know that Pacquiao gave us an opportunity, and he didn't have to, and most probably we will give it to him," said Beltran in an earlier report.