Pacquiao willing, ready for 5th Marquez clash


Posted at Mar 18 2014 09:11 PM | Updated as of Mar 19 2014 05:12 AM

There’s only one fight that Manny Pacquiao would readily take. And no, it’s not with Floyd Mayweather.

According to Top Rank's Bob Arum, the Filipino has been itching to get back at Juan Manuel Marquez ever since he got knocked out by the tactical Mexican in December 2012.

“Pacquiao is always ready to fight Marquez and he already said 'get me a fifth fight,'" Arum said in Boxing Scene.

After three controversial fights with Marquez, the Filipino superstar was determined to get a dominant victory over the Mexican counter-puncher during their fourth bout.

However, the overeager Pacquiao got clipped with a counter right hand from Marquez in the sixth round, effectively halting the bout by knockout.

The fight turned out to be one of the highest grossing fights of 2012, garnering over 1.15 million pay-per-view buys.

Pacquiao wanted an immediate rematch, which was declined by Marquez.

The Mexican later had a change of heart when the rematch between Timothy Bradley and Pacquiao was set, saying he wanted the WBO welterweight crown being disputed by the two fighters.

Arum said he is setting up a tournament-style match-up that could lead to a fifth Pacquiao-Marquez fight. The winner of the Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley rematch will face the survivor of the Marquez-Mike Alvarado clash.

However, he hinted that he is also inclined to arrange the fifth bout.
"I remember that Jake [LaMotta] and Ray Robinson fought over five times, but whatever, I'd make a new Pacquiao-Marquez fight,” Arum said.