MANILA, Philippines – Mexican champion Juan Manuel Marquez believes he does not need to fight his great rival, Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao of the Philippines, for a fifth time after achieving a decisive victory in their fourth clash last December.
In a report by Miguel Rivera of Boxing Scene, Marquez said he sees “no point” in facing Pacquiao for a fifth time.
“We already achieved the desired result. Then why do it?” Marquez said.
In their fourth encounter last December in Las Vegas, Marquez shocked Pacquiao and the boxing world when he knocked out the Filipino legend with just a second left in the sixth round.
It was the first time that a bout between Pacquiao and Marquez had ended in definitive fashion. Their previous three encounters all ended in controversial decisions, with Pacquiao winning the second and third bout and the first finishing in a draw.
“I asked several people, several friends that I have around me, and they told me not to do it,” Marquez said.
“(They said) that there is no point in a fifth fight. I said before the fourth fight that no matter how this fight ends, there cannot be a fifth,” he added.
The Mexican briefly contemplated retirement after defeating Pacquiao, but recently decided to continue his boxing career.
A fifth fight against Pacquiao, which will most likely give Marquez the biggest fight purse of his career, is being discussed for September 2013.