MANILA, Philippines – Juan Manuel Marquez said Manny Pacquiao’s indecision over his next fight is due to the Filipino’s possible lucrative bout against Floyd Mayweather Jr.
The Mexican counter puncher claimed that he can beat Pacquiao on their fourth face off and this will affect the latter’s negotiations with Mayweather.
“That's why he is hesitated to make a fight with me, because he knows that if I fight him again - the big money fight can crumble,” Marquez said in Boxing Scene.
The Mexican claimed that Pacquiao has had a hard time in their first three bouts, and their fourth bout will be no different.
Pacquiao hammered out a majority verdict last November over Marquez.
In their first face off in 2004 they fought to a controversial draw. Pacquiao later won by split-decision in 2008.
Pacquiao is now deciding between Marquez and Timothy Bradley for a ring return tentatively set on December 8.
But according to rumors, the fighting congressman is holding off his decision with hopes of facing Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a $100-million bout in 2013.
“What's happening right now is they want Pacquiao to face Floyd Mayweather in April of the next year...[in a fight] where each of them could earn a guaranteed purse of $40 million dollars,” said Marquez.
The Mexican said he understands Pacquiao’s motive from a business standpoint.
“I can support that as a businessman, because it's not always possible to get a big purse like that. But I can't endorse that as an athlete because he's avoiding another fight with me. He knows that I already beat him three times, and that I will beat it again," Marquez said.