Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez meeting for a fifth time later this year is still a very likely scenario, but the fact that this fight hasn’t been announced yet is mildly troubling. Given how limited both men’s options are, them being incapable of agreeing to terms up to this point means that one is being unreasonable with his demands, and the other is being stingy with what he’s willing to part with.
Last week, Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, expressed yet again that he and his guy would love nothing more than to avenge last December’s embarrassing defeat. However, he also noted that Marquez was making ‘unreasonable’ monetary demands and he wasn’t sure how that would end up going.
"My gut instinct on what is next? I want it to be Marquez, Manny wants Marquez, but Marquez wants a lot, lot, lot of money," Roach told The Sweet Science. "I think it's a little outrageous. It may not happen. We might have to go to Mike Alvarado or Brandon Rios or a Tim Bradley rematch could be made. I want Marquez right away, Manny and I both want it. But Marquez wants just about a 50-50 split. Manny brings butts in seats, pay-per-view-wise, Manny is the guy. Obviously Manny deserves more. I think a rematch will make a lot more money than the last fight. I think both sides can ask for more and Marquez deserves something, but not 50-50."
In their fourth fight, Pacquiao took home at least $17 million more than the man who needed just six rounds to knock him out cold. While there can be a reasonable debate about whether he deserves a 50-50 split, there is no denying that Marquez deserves more. How much is more, exactly? That’s debatable. And that debate, apparently, is what’s causing this delay as it pertains to announcing Pacquiao’s next fight.
You will recall, last week, Bob Arum said that Pacquiao’s next opponent would be decided on this weekend. Saturday and Sunday came and went with no announcement. On Monday, PhilBoxing caught up with Michael Koncz and asked what the status of negotiations were.
“It is still being worked on,” he replied.
When pressed on whether September was still the target date for Pacquiao’s next bout, Koncz replied: “We are now looking at October.”
And in response to when an announcement regarding next fight would be made, Koncz kept it short and sweet:
“Maybe next week.”
So there you go.
Pacquiao-Marquez V is still the fight fans will likely see come year’s end, but with every passing day, more and more doubt creeps into the equation.