In the aftermath of their thrilling fourth fight this past December, it seemed to be a virtual lock that Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez would meet for a fifth time. The former won two of their showdowns, the latter won one. However, seeing as Marquez’s victory came via knockout and Pacquiao’s came by way of controversial decisions, it made sense that folks chalked their records against one another up to being a draw. That’s why a fifth bout made so much sense.
Unfortunately, it never materialized.
Marquez opted to pass on what would’ve been the biggest pay day of his career and instead agreed to fight Timothy Bradley, a guy who up until his victory over Ruslan Provodnikov couldn’t find anyone to square off against despite the fact that he was coming off a win over Pacquiao.
Pacquiao, once he was spurned by both Marquez and Brandley, agreed to fight Brandon Rios in November.
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Naturally, the obvious question on everyone's mind became: assuming Pacquiao gets past Rios, and assuming Marquez beats Bradley, is there a chance of a fifth fight?
According to Michael Koncz, Pacquiao’s long-time advisor, there isn’t.
“If Marquez wins (against Bradley), he will ask for even more money from us,” he told the Manila Bulletin.
Beyond that, Koncz firmly believes that Marquez wants the last image anyone has of Pacquiao-Marquez to be the knockout finish from last December.
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“He wants people to remember what he did in the fourth fight,” said Koncz.
This weekend, Marquez indicated that he had no desire to take on his arch rival again.
"Speaking sincerely, I don't think about that anymore," he said, when pressed about what could’ve been. "Anything that was pending was settled, in every way. If he would have knocked me out the way I did to him, how am I going to ask for another fight?”
He added: "Keeping that feeling would be grandiose, and to have my Mexican supporters and the whole world enjoy that feeling and say, 'Remember the best pound-for-pound fighter that was knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez?' -- to me, that is worth more than all the money in the world."