Manny Pacquiao is closely linked to two other active fighters: Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Juan Manuel Marquez. The latter is his biggest rival, a man who defeated him once in spectacular fashion and with whom he has put up the best pay-per-view numbers of his entire career. The former is a someone who fans have wanted to see him fight since 2009, and with whom he’s had battles literally everywhere besides the ring.
Now, as Pacquiao prepares to sit down and decide on his next opponent, one of his two biggest rivals spoke with Boxing Scene about how great it would be if he fought the other.
“I hope they make the fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr.,” Marquez admitted.
He added: “I think it’s going to be a great fight, and the people will be very pleased because they won’t be in suspense on what would have happened if these two fighters had faced each other."
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The great irony here, of course, is that fans also desperately want to see Pacquiao and Marquez fight a fifth time. Marquez defeated Pacquiao in dominant fashion a year ago; Pacquiao beat him twice before that. A fifth bout could settle this rivalry once and for all, but Marquez disagrees.
“The fifth fight is not going to happen,” he said. “It’s not even worth it because the people are very happy with that knockout.”
By people, obviously, Marquez means himself. Because nobody else thinks that Pacquiao-Marquez received the definitive ending it deserved by Marquez picking up his lone victory of the entire rivalry.
More than anything, the biggest takeaway from Marquez’s comments is that Pacquiao’s next fight will come against Timothy Bradley. Mayweather doesn’t want to fight him. Marquez doesn’t want to fight him. The lone man standing? Bradley.