Mexico’s Juan Manuel Marquez is reportedly asking for $20 million for a fifth bout with Manny Pacquiao, but boxing trainer Freddie Roach believes they can get the rematch for much lower.
“$10 million,” was Roach reply to The Sweet Science when asked about the most reasonable offer negotiators should give to Marquez.
Top Rank’s Bob Arum met Marquez last week in an effort to convince the Mexican to fight Pacquiao again. But the details of the meeting have yet to be released.
Marquez has been reluctant to fight the Filipino again as he sees his knockout victory over Pacquiao in 2012 as a fitting end to their rivalry.
Roach conceded that the Mexican has valid reasons for declining the rematch, but he also noted that the money they could generate from a fifth bout will be too much for them to refuse.
“I think he wants to go out on that high note, I really do,” said the boxing coach. “[But] can he refuse that kind of money, though? Even though he wants more, it's still a big payday.”
Roach hinted that Arum can offer more to lure the Mexican into accepting the bout.
“The door isn't closed. I talked to Bob, the door isn't closed,” he said.
Marquez received $6 million for the fourth bout plus a share of profits the pay-per-view earnings that went as high as 1.15 million buys. Pacquiao, on the other hand, was guaranteed $26 million plus his share of PPV earnings.