MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz believes the fighting congressman didn’t go for the fourth Juan Manuel Marquez fight just for the money.
"A lot of things had to be discussed, so we took our time with Marquez," said Koncz in RingTV. "There's more issues than money."
Koncz said Pacquiao also considered the entertainment value of another fight against Marquez, given the outcome of their past fights.
He said the Filipino boxer felt that he might have let down his Mexican fans because of his performance against Marquez last November when he won a controversial majority decision.
"Manny also knows that we may have lost some Mexican fans as a result of the last fight because we were getting booed during the decision of the fight," said Koncz.
"Manny's not making any excuses for his last performance, but right now, the most interesting fight that's available for Manny is Marquez."
Pacquiao is reportedly set to face Marquez in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 8.
They have clashed in three controversial fights.
In 2004, Pacquiao scored 3 first-round knockdowns against Marquez only to be handed a draw.
The Filipino boxer managed to secure a split-decision against the gritty Mexican in 2008.
Pacquiao followed this up with a majority-decision win in a very close fight in 2011.
"This one is for the fans. So we decided to take that fight, and, hopefully, come Dec. 8, we will have a performance that will warrant us winning back some of the Mexican fans that we love so dearly and who we lost the last fight," said Koncz.