MANILA, Philippines – Mexican champion Juan Manuel Marquez said he refuses to look past his next opponent even as he admitted hoping for a fourth fight against Manny Pacquiao.
Marquez will be fighting Ukrainian boxer Sergey Fedchenko in a super lightweight bout in Mexico City on Saturday.
The gutsy Mexican vowed not to underestimate the unheralded Fedchenko.
"All fights are risky, no matter what," Marquez said in Yahoo! Sports. "You know what, there is no such thing as a sure thing. I need to do the same things to win a fight like this that I would if I were fighting Pacquiao or [Floyd] Mayweather."
After his controversial loss to Pacquiao last November, Marquez said he thought he will be given an immediate rematch.
Even Top Rank Inc. chief Bob Arum was quoted as promising to arrange a 4th face-off between the two ring rivals.
"I had Manny, but it was close, so why not bring them together again in May? It makes a lot of sense to do that," he said.
Marquez’s name was included in the shortlist of Pacquiao’s possible opponents.
In the end, Pacquiao was scheduled to defend his WBO welterweight title against timothy Bradley on June 9.
"I wanted to fight [Pacquiao] again and I thought I should get that fight, but nobody ever said a thing to me about that fight," Marquez said.