MANILA, Philippines – A fifth fight between boxing rivals Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao of the Philippines and Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico is possible, but it will be all about hype and money, according to one boxing analyst.
Veteran boxing analyst Al Mendoza told radio DZMM Monday that “Pacquiao vs Marquez 5” may still happen as both boxers remain great draws in the box office.
“Bakit ilulutang 'yung posibleng fifth fight? Pera lang ‘yan,” he said. “Ang professional boxing, kumpara sa amateur, pera ang pro boxing.”
Marquez got his vindication when he knocked out Pacquiao in the sixth round of their fourth encounter last Saturday in Las Vegas. The two rivals previously battled to a draw in 2004, before Pacquiao won the 2008 and 2011 rematches via controversial decisions.
“Pwede ulit ang ika-limang laban, kasi sa first three fights panalo si Pacquiao dun... ‘Yung first fight panalo dapat siya kung hindi lang nagkamali ‘yung isang judge,” Mendoza said.
“Ngayon, naka-isang panalo na si Marquez na matindi, nabura 'yung tatlo. Redemption ika nga,” he added.
Mendoza said fans will be sold on a fifth fight because the promoters will find a way to create enough hype.
“Ngayon, ang sasabihin ay kailangan manalo si Pacquiao ng knockout para makabawi... Luluto ka ng isang angulo, dalawa o tatlong angulo para ang labanan ng dalawang boksingero ay bibilhin ng buong mundo,” he said.
“Hype kasi ang nagdadala sa boxing.”
Mendoza also believes that like a lot of boxers, Pacquiao will have trouble hanging up his gloves.
“Ilang mga magagaling na atleta – hindi lang boksingero – dala-dala lagi ang pride,” he said. “Maski laos na, ayaw pa ring tumigil.”