|Manny Pacquiao (R) and Juan Manuel Marquez in their fourth clash last December. REUTERS
MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao won’t force Juan Manuel Marquez into a fight if the Mexican doesn’t want to do a fifth.
Pacquiao, who lost to Marquez via a sixth-round knockout last December, said he could always look for other opponents if the Mexican no longer wants to extend their rivalry.
“Kung ayaw nya, ayaw ko rin, ganoon lang ka-simple ‘yun,” he told Philboxing’s Eddie Alinea.
The fighting congressman said it’s not his loss if the Mexican declines a lucrative fight.
The Filipino boxer is already averaging $20 million per fight before his loss to Marquez. The Mexican, on the other hand, received $3 million in his fourth clash with Pacquiao -- Marquez’s highest purse in his 20-year professional career.
Pacquiao also reminded Marquez that he still leads the Mexican two wins to one in their four-fight saga.
“He doesn’t want to fight me because he won our last fight? Well, as I said after that meeting, lamang pa rin ako, 2-1-1 (win-loss-draw) sa apat na laban namin.”
Marquez, earlier, said he is no longer interested fighting Pacquiao, claiming that fans have already lost interest following his win over the Filipino.
He added that he has already accomplished his goal, which is to beat Pacquiao. “We already accomplished that objective,” said the counter-punching specialist.
Pacquiao, meanwhile, is moving on by searching for a viable opponent. He maintained that he is not the choosy type and will fight anyone available in September.
“I am not scared of anybody. At 'yan naman ang dahilan kaya mahal ako ng boxing fans. Hindi ako umayaw lumaban kahit kanino at namili ng kalaban kahit kailan,” he said.