MANILA – Boxing trainer Freddie Roach believes Manny Pacquiao chose Mexican boxer Juan Manuel Marquez as his next opponent for business reasons.
Roach said Marquez draws more fans than American boxer Timothy Bradley and this means bigger pay-per-view (PPV) shares for Pacquiao and Marquez.
"Let's be honest, it was a huge factor. Bradley doesn't bring the people that Marquez does," said Roach in RingTV.
"Marquez has the pay per view following, and I think that at their last fight, the Mexicans outdrew the Filipinos by a large, large margin."
But Roach said there are bigger risks involved in the fourth Marquez bout.
He said the judges might become sympathetic to the Mexican, owing to the close decisions awarded to Pacquiao in their last two fights.
Following a draw in 2004, Pacquiao pulled off close decisions against Marquez in 2008 and 2011.
"I think that we start out this fight down three rounds, because a lot of people thought Marquez won the last fight, and judges are human. They're going to favor the other guy early," said Roach.
He said that to avoid such problems, Pacquiao would have to knock out Marquez.
"I told Manny that it's about time and that we're due for a good knockout any way, and I've been pushing for that for a little while. To be considered the best fighter, pound-for-pound, he needs that."
Boxing promoter Bob Arum said Pacquiao will likely face Marquez on December 8 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The fighting congressman is scheduled to fly to the US on Friday to close the deal.