Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez claimed Filipino boxing great Manny Pacquiao is afraid of facing him for a third time.
“Pacquiao keeps running from me,” said Marquez in a report by PhilBoxing.com’s Granville Ampong. The “Dinamita” is currently the No.2 pound-for-pound boxer, according to the latest Ring Magazine rankings.
“And he does not want to face me a third time. He just keeps running away,” remarked Marquez during a fan rally in Los Angeles, California.
The “Dinamita” and “The Pacman” first faced off in 2004 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas. Their bout ended in a draw. They clashed again in 2008’s “Unfinished Business” at the Mandalay Bay, where Pacquiao won via split decision.
“So, I decided to fight the very, very best and that is Floyd Mayweather,” the Mexican proclaimed.
The Marquez-Mayweather match-up called “Number One/Numero Uno” will take place on July 18 at the MGM Grand.
The fight was announced hours before Pacquiao’s May 2 fight against Ricky Hatton.
Marquez’s fan rally at the “Placita Olvera” (Olvera Street) on May 17 was attended by almost 300 people. The fan event is part of the Los Angeles leg of the bout’s promotional tour.
The “Dinamita” signed autographs and granted photo opportunities for the boxing fans. He even showed off his musical prowess by playing a few notes on the violin with the Mariachi Band and singing a Spanish song “in an oratorical fashion,” as stated on PhilBoxing.com.
From Los Angeles, the promotional tour will proceed to New York.
Various reports note that whoever wins on July 18 will face Pacquiao in his next fight. Team Pacquiao has said that other possible opponents for "The People's Champ" are Shane Mosley and Miguel Cotto.