MANILA – Veteran fighter Rocky Juarez believes Juan Manuel Marquez has the upper hand if a fifth bout with Manny Pacquiao pushes through.
Juarez, who lost to Marquez in 2007, said the Mexican champion has always kept his focus on boxing, unlike the fighting congressman.
“Pacquiao is still a great champion, I love Pacquiao, but I think Marquez is more committed to the sport of boxing than Pacquiao,” the Mexican-American said in an interview with On The Ropes Boxing.
Although Marquez has yet to make up his mind about fighting Pacquiao again, his name was included in the short list of boxers being considered for the Filipino’s next bout in November.
Boxing promoter Bob Arum said Marquez is at the top of the list, followed by Siberian Rocky Ruslan Provodnikov and little known Argentine Luis Abregu.
During their fourth fight, a bloodied Marquez surprised Pacquiao with a counter right hand to the face, knocking out the Filipino instantly near the end of the sixth round.
The Mexican counter puncher said his victory meant the end of their four-fight rivalry.
But talks of a possible rematch was revived after Pacquiao defeated Timothy Bradley to reclaim the WBO welterweight belt. Marquez wants that same belt to become the first Mexican
Juarez said he will be siding with his Mexican compatriot if a fifth bout materializes.
He said Marquez has the right antidote for Pacquiao’s aggressive boxing style.
“Marquez knows how to figure him out. Styles make fights, and I feel that Pacquiao and Marquez are both each other's nemeses," said the 34-year-old Juarez.
"They were meant for each other, for great fights.”