MANILA, Philippines – The possibility of fighting Filipino rival Manny Pacquiao no longer thrills Mexican champ Juan Manuel Marquez, even if it comes with the bonus of fighting for a world championship in a fifth different weight division.
Marquez had previously expressed interest in fighting the winner of the WBO welterweight championship match between Pacquiao and American Timothy Bradley Jr. in April. But now the Mexican seems hesitant to commit to that fight should Pacquiao end up beating Bradley.
“A fifth world title excites me, but a fifth fight with Pacquiao does not,” said Marquez in a Boxing Scene interview.
Marquez reiterated his earlier stand: that he is satisfied with his stunning knockout victory over Pacquiao in their fourth fight in December 2012.
“The important thing is to stay with that feeling of December 8, 2012 – not just for me, but for all Mexicans,” he said. “We won’t forget that date for a long time.”
“I don’t want to lose that feeling with a bad decision, like what happened in the second and third fight,” he added, referring to his decisions losses to Pacquiao in their rematch and trilogy bout. “I would go through life wondering why I accepted, and why I would risk something that I worked really hard to get.”
If Bradley beats Pacquiao in April, Marquez would happily fight the American as he is also seeking to avenge his October 2013 loss to the undefeated fighter.
“If Bradley wins, we would go for a rematch,” he said. “But if he doesn’t win, we have to analyze the pros and cons.”
“I’d like to retire in Mexico,” he added. “It would be a compliment and a great satisfaction to say goodbye to my people, my country. It would be the right (thing) to do, to thank my people for their affection by fighting for them.”