MANILA, Philippines – Mexican trainer Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain plans to discourage Juan Manuel Marquez from accepting a fifth fight against rival Manny Pacquiao.
A fifth fight between Pacquiao and Marquez is looming after the Mexican veteran routed Mike Alvarado last weekend to become the mandatory contender for the Filipino’s WBO welterweight belt.
Marquez has not committed to the fight, saying he wants to first spend time with his family, but if Beristain had his way, “Dinamita” will not be facing off against Pacquiao again.
“I do not care who is angry, but I will do everything possible to prevent Juan Manuel Marquez from stepping in the ring with Pacquiao for a fifth time,” Beristain said, as quoted by Boxing Scene.
“I know the desire of Juan Manuel Marquez and myself, to conquer a fifth (weight) division, but it should not be against Pacquiao,” he added.
Marquez memorably knocked out Pacquiao when they fought for the fourth time in December 2012, sending the Filipino fighter face first into the canvas with just a second left before the end of the sixth round.
For Beristain, Marquez’s knockout of Pacquiao, along with his other career achievements, make a fifth Pacquiao fight unnecessary.
“He has nothing to prove,” the trainer stressed. “People will remember him for what he’s done in his career – for giving people big fights, for having faced the best of his time.”
“If it were up to me, he would not do a fifth fight,” he said.