MANILA – Hall of Fame boxing trainer Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain hopes Mexican champion Juan Manuel Marquez will choose to fight rival Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao for a fifth time instead of looking for a different opponent.
In an interview with Rene Umanzor of Boxing Scene, Beristain said he is aware of other potential opponents for Marquez, including the hard-hitting Brandon Rios and unbeaten American Timothy Bradley.
“I think Juan can be well prepared to fight Brandon Rios or Timothy Bradley, but definitely, the best fight out there for him is Pacquiao, because he is going to bring a lot of money,” Beristain said.
“Brandon Rios is a very strong fighter, and Mike Alvarado is also on the list, but Pacquiao guarantees big profits to the promoter and the fighter,” he added.
Pacquiao and Marquez’s fourth fight last December – which the Mexican won when he knocked the Pacman out cold in the sixth round – generated over a million pay-per-view buys. Marquez also received a career-high purse in that fight.
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum has said that Marquez stands to receive even more money should he agree to fight Pacquiao for a fifth time, possibly later this year.
But Marquez has been adamant that he is no longer open to another fight with his rival, saying he did what he had to do in the fourth fight.
In a recent interview with Boxing Scene, Marquez said he would welcome a fight with either Rios or Bradley.
Beristain pointed out, however, that a fight against Pacquiao will bring in more money than a fight against of those two fighters.
“That fight (against Pacquiao) would bring a very substantial purse that benefits everyone involved in this event,” said Beristain. “That is something that neither Brandon Rios nor Timothy Bradley is able to bring.”