MANILA, Philippines – Respected boxing trainer Nacho Beristain remained adamant in opposing a possible rematch between his fighter, Juan Manuel Marquez, and Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao.
Beristain said the only motivation he sees in extending the fabled rivalry is money, not competition.
"I think it would be unfair to spoil that moment [when Marquez knocked out Pacquiao]. A fifth fight would fail the people because it’s no longer about sports. They know that that fight would generate a lot of money," the 74-year-old boxing trainer told The Record.
Beristain asserted that he sees no point in pursuing a fifth bout because it would be very difficult for Marquez to duplicate his shocking victory over Pacquiao last December.
He said that the Filipino boxer will be motivated by revenge as he was knocked out cold by the Mexican counter-puncher.
"[It] would be a terrible, hard, very difficult fight because Manny will go for everything, for the revenge. I would like them not to fight,” said Beristain.
Marquez hinted his interest in a Pacquiao rematch after the Filipino reclaimed the WBO welterweight belt from Timothy Bradley. Another title win will make him the first Mexican five-division champion.
Familiarity is also an issue for Marquez. The Mexican has already fought Pacquiao four times and this makes him more acquainted with the Filipino’s fighting style.
His chances of winning in a Pacquiao fight is better than in bouts involving WBC/WBA welterweight king Floyd Mayweather Jr. and IBF 147-pound champion Shawn Porter.
Beristain hopes he can still discourage Marquez from pursuing the WBO title. He, however, admitted that he cannot stop his fighter from establishing his legacy.
"We've talked but he still insists on a fifth title… I think he has every right in the world to try to be the first Mexican to win five titles," he said.