MANILA, Philippines – Although Manny Pacquiao would not admit it, his trainer said the Filipino boxer was frustrated over Juan Manuel Marquez’s decision not to give him a rematch.
Boxing coach Freddie Roach said Pacquiao was hoping that the Mexican would return the favor after the Filipino granted him three rematches in their eight-year rivalry.
“Angry, I can't say, but disappointed, yes,” said Roach in an interview with Fight Hub.tv. “Manny is very disappointed with him. We gave him every rematch that he asked. But that's how it goes in boxing.”
Pacquiao wanted a fifth bout against Marquez after the Mexican came up with a sixth-round knockout victory in their fourth bout. But Marquez claimed he has already achieved his goal of convincingly beating Pacquiao.
Instead of taking a lucrative bout against his Filipino nemesis, Marquez opted for a title bout against another Pacquiao tormentor, WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley.
The Mexican received $3 million in his fourth clash with Pacquiao and could have earned more in a fifth fight.
The Filipino boxer, who recently agreed to fight Brandon Rios, said he can’t do anything about Marquez’s decision.
“Kung ayaw nya, ayaw ko rin, ganoon lang ka-simple ‘yun,” he earlier told Philboxing’s Eddie Alinea.
Pacquiao even 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.”