MANILA, Philippines – Mexican boxer Juan Manuel Marquez wants to fight his great rival, Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines, for a fourth time – but only if the Filipino boxer agrees to certain conditions.
All of three previous bouts between the two boxers have been controversial, with their latest meeting in November adding even more questions rather than answers.
Though Pacquiao entered as a huge favorite, he found himself struggling to deal with Marquez’s counter-punching. The Filipino boxer escaped with a majority decision victory, but many observers felt Marquez deserved to win.
Marquez has made no secret of his desire to fight Pacquiao for a fourth time, possibly this November after Pacquiao defends his WBO welterweight title aginst Timothy Bradley on June 9.
“For a new fight with Pacquiao, I’m going to ask for us not to do it in Las Vegas,” Marquez told Boxing Scene.
“I have (been) robbed there three times, and I do not want it happening again,” he added, referring to the three decision results of his fights with Pacquiao.
They fought to a draw in their first meeting, and Pacquiao took the rematch via a controversial split decision.
“I disagree with the manner of designating the judges by the Commission of Nevada. I will ask for the fight to be made in Texas or in California, where things are more flexible in a matter of (selecting) judges,” Marquez said.
The Mexican boxer suggested that the judging panel may be composed of a Mexican, a Filipino and an American.
“What I want is to have honest, impartial judges appointed,” he said.
Marquez was supposed to return to the ring on July 14 at the Cowboys Stadium in Texas, but that fight date was cancelled after he could not agree with Top Rank on who his opponent will be.