MANILA, Philippines – Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez were both offered a chance to fight Filipino ring icon Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao, but both boxers turned down the opportunity in favor of a bout against each other.
Pacquiao's advisor, Michael Koncz, told Boxing Scene that he does not want to speculate on why Bradley and Marquez both turned down the chance to fight the "Pacman," but made it clear that the two boxers are unlikely to earn a second chance.
"I gave Bradley and Marquez the opportunity to fight… They had their chance," Koncz said. "I haven’t discussed it with Manny yet, but I don't think Bradley and Marquez are on our radar anymore."
Bradley scored a highly controversial upset against Pacquiao in June 2012, and Marquez sensationally stopped the Filipino in the sixth round of their fourth fight last December.
Although there was a demand for a fifth fight, Marquez repeatedly said he has already achieved his mission against Pacquiao, and decided to instead take on Bradley in a fight scheduled for September 14.
Koncz told ESPN that both Bradley and Marquez were offered career-high purses to take on Pacquiao.
Marquez was offered $13 million, including a share of the pay-per-view revenue, while Bradley was offered $6 million.
"They both turned us down and agreed to fight each other," Koncz said.
With both Bradley and Marquez out of the equation, Pacquiao will instead take on a new challenge in former lightweight champion Brandon "Bam Bam" Rios this November in Macau.
"Right now, we are going to focus on this fight," Koncz said. "But I gave them (Bradley and Marquez) the opportunity, Manny gave them the opportunity – which we felt were reasonable offers."
"For whatever reason, right or wrong, they chose not to fight us. So let's all go on with our lives," he added.
Koncz also stressed that Pacquiao is unlikely to take on the winner of the Bradley-Marquez showdown. “I won’t be manipulated into taking the winner out of that fight,” he said.
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum, for his part, believes he knows the reason for Bradley and Marquez's refusal to fight the "Pacman."
"Bradley and Marquez preferred to fight each other, and they didn't really want to go to Asia,” Arum explained in ESPN. "The only one that benefits from the fight being outside the U.S. is Pacquiao."
"An American like Bradley still has to pay taxes in the U.S., and for Marquez, (he) still has to pay taxes in Mexico, where the rate is about the same as in the U.S.," he added. "For Pacquiao, it's a big deal because the tax rates in the Philippines are much lower."
Marquez, meanwhile, told Boxing Scene in a separate interview that a Pacquiao bout no longer interests him because of the decisive way he won in the fourth fight. [http://www.boxingscene.com/marquez-explains-why-he-picked-bradley-over-pacquiao--65306]
"In the fourth fight, I left no doubt as to who won, and that cleared up the first three fights," he said.
Moreover, he is motivated by the possibility of winning another world title in a fifth weight division, which he will accomplish if he beats Bradley, the WBO welterweight champion.
"I want a fifth title in a different weight class. It is a great motivation for me that would make me train hard," Marquez said.