Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez distanced himself from a possible fifth fight against Filipino rival Manny Pacquiao, saying fans want to see a showdown between the “Pacman” and Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Marquez had knocked out Pacquiao when they last fought in December 2012, and has since repeatedly said he has no intention of fighting the Filipino again.
“There is talk of a fifth fight, but I am not losing any sleep over it,” said Marquez in a Boxing Scene interview. “I am preparing to fight against (Mike) Alvarado, and I don’t care about any other fight.”
Marquez is fighting Alvarado on May 17 and the winner of that bout will likely be Pacquiao’s next opponent.
“I think the fight that the fans want is Manny and Floyd,” said Marquez, who lost to the American in lopsided fashion in 2009.
“That’s what they want to see, and they should do it. I have already had four fights with Pacquiao, and many people would prefer to see these two opponents face each other in the ring,” he added.
“I think, if we voted on what fight people want to see, I am sure they would want to see Pacquiao vs. Mayweather Jr.”
Pacquiao, fresh off his unanimous decision win against Timothy Bradley Jr., has said he is open to a Mayweather fight, but also pointed out that making the “superfight” has proven to be very difficult.
The Pacquiao and Mayweather camps have not come to any sort of agreement on key issues despite many rounds of negotiations over the years.
“How many years have we talked about it, and it hasn’t happened?” Pacquiao recently said of the Mayweather fight.
Mayweather is set to return to action on May 3, in a title unification bout against Argentina’s Marcos Maidana. A victory in that fight will hike the American superstar’s record to a perfect 46-0.