MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao will be afraid to get hit again by Juan Manuel Marquez after being floored by the Mexican's counter right hand during their last fight, claimed retired boxer and now trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr.
Floyd Sr., father of controversial boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr., made the claim amid talks of a possible fifth bout between Pacquiao and Marquez.
He said Marquez's knockout punch that flattened Pacquiao during the fourth bout has left an indelible effect on the Filipino boxer.
“I don't know what's going on but I'll tell you one thing... Pacquiao's gonna be sacred, that's all I'm stating,” Floyd Sr. said in an interview on "Hustle Boss."
The Filipino superstar was going for the kill against the bloodied Marquez when the Mexican caught the charging Pacquiao with a compact right hand to the face.
The hit was so strong that it snapped Pacquiao’s head back and sent the boxer falling face first to the canvas.
“Nobody hit you and put you to sleep like that and you can not be scared of him,” said Floyd Sr. “[If] somebody hits you like that, he didn't hit you with a fist, he hit you with a bat.”
Clamor on a possible fifth clash between the two became louder after Pacquiao reclaimed the WBO welterweight crown from Timothy Bradley.
Marquez wants to become a 5-division champion and the WBO strap is a welcome addition to his collection.
But his coach, Nacho Beristain, said the knockout of Pacquiao, along with Marquez's other career achievements, make a fifth fight unnecessary.
“He has nothing to prove,” the trainer stressed in an earlier report. “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.