MANILA, Philippines – Top Rank boss Bob Arum is not concerned about the comments made by Mexican champion Juan Manuel Marquez, who said he is not keen on fighting Filipino ring icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao for a fifth time.
Marquez told Boxing Scene that he sees no point in a fifth fight with Pacquiao after he decisively won their fourth encounter by knocking out the Filipino in the sixth round.
“We already achieved the desired result. Then why do it?” Marquez said.
But Arum told Boxing Scene that he is not worried about Marquez’s statements.
“His idea of negotiations,” Arum said.
A fifth fight with Pacquiao is likely to bring Marquez the highest purse of his career, and Hall-of-Fame coach Freddie Roach believes this will be the tipping point for the Mexican.
“What other fight for him is out there?” Roach asked, pointing out that a fight against unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather Jr. was unlikely for Marquez.
“What’s the biggest fight out there? Can he fight the young guys coming up? He’ll negotiate when it gets closer, I’m not worried about that,” Roach said.
“He really doesn’t have anything else. (Timothy) Bradley and all of those other guys out there, he’s not going to make the money that he would for Pacquiao,” he added.
“The thing is, he won the fight, so he’s going to get more money.”
Roach said the fifth fight between Pacquiao and Marquez is now a bigger deal than the potential clash between Pacquiao and Mayweather, which for years was considered as the biggest fight in boxing.
“In this one, both of them will make a lot of money,” Roach said. “I’m not worried about negotiations. Bob Arum will do his job.”
If negotiations between the two camps work out, the fifth Pacquiao-Marquez bout will likely be held in September 2013.