MANILA – It will be a bad move for Mexico’s Juan Manuel Marquez if he agrees to a fifth match with Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao, said boxing trainer Robert Garcia.
Garcia, who also trains “Filipino Flash” Nonito Donaire, said Marquez should close the book on his rivalry with Pacquiao, walk away and savor his sixth-round knockout win over the Filipino boxer.
“Twenty years from now, 50 years, a hundred years from now, people might still be talking about that knockout and you have no doubt that you're better than him,” Garcia said in ESNews.
The trainer said granting Pacquiao a fifth fight will only give the Filipino a chance to carve out a win over the Mexican counter-puncher.
“Pacquiao could beat him,” noted Garcia.
A victory by the Filipino, he said, will diminish the glory of Marquez's knockout win.
“What do people gonna say? 'Oh that punch was just lucky…'” Garcia added.
Marquez has yet to agree to a fifth bout, but boxing promoter Bob Arum said the Mexican stands to get his biggest fight purse if he fights Pacquiao again.
"Marquez made his career-high pay day the last time, and he knocked out Pacquiao, so he's not going to get less than he got the last time," Arum earlier said.
Marquez reportedly got a guaranteed $6 million in his December fight against Pacquiao, which he won via a stunning sixth-round knockout.
However, Garcia said Marquez could ask for a rematch against Floyd Mayweather Jr. if he wants another huge payday.
“He could find a purse even bigger is he goes up against Mayweather. [If I were him] I'd go up to Mayweather,” said the trainer.