MANILA, Philippines – Negotiations are ongoing for the next fight of Filipino ring icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, but nothing is definite yet, according to the fighter’s chief adviser, Michael Koncz.
In an interview with RingTV’s Lem Satterfield, Koncz confirmed that talks are ongoing for a possible fifth fight against Pacquiao’s great Mexican rival Juan Manuel Marquez.
“Yes, Marquez is a possibility. But there are other fighters that are possibilities, too,” he said. “We’re negotiating, and if we can come to terms on the money, we’ll do it.”
“And if not, then it’s up to Manny,” Koncz added.
Koncz stressed that as of the moment, everything is up in the air as even Pacquiao is unsure of what his next career move will be.
“Nothing is definite. Manny hasn’t made his mind up when he’s going to fight, or who he’s going to fight or where he’s going to fight,” Koncz said.
“I’m in negotiations with Top Rank right now on Manny’s behalf, but we haven’t made any decisions yet.”
It was widely expected that Pacquiao and Marquez will face each other for a fifth time after the Mexican decided to postpone his retirement.
Marquez, however, recently said that he is no longer interested in another fight against Pacquiao, as he had accomplished his goal when he knocked out the Filipino in their fourth fight last December.
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is confident that the fight will push through, however.
“As long as he’s fighting, he’s not a fool. Of course, he’s going to fight Manny rather than fight somebody else for a lot less money,” Arum told Ronnie Nathanielsz in a Boxing Scene report.
Pacquiao was guaranteed a $26-million purse for the fourth fight while Marquez received a career-best purse of $6 million.
Marquez will likely earn an even bigger purse should the two rivals face off for a fifth time.