The Philippine boxer cannot be written off so easily. There are reasons to believe that Manny Pacquiao vs Juan Manuel Marquez fifth fight may be bigger fight than Mayweather vs. Canelo
It appears that Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez would be facing each another once again sometime next year. What has prompted the rumors was the recent order passed by the World Boxing Organization two fighters will lock horns in case they defeat their rivals in their respective bouts this year.
While Pacquiao and Brandon Rios will clash for the WBO’s International welterweight title on November 23rd in Macau, China, Marquez will face WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley on October 12th at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
Recently Marquez had made it clear that he had no intentions in fighting Pacquiao admitting that he would prefer sticking with the memory of the punch. He said: “I’d rather stay with the memory of that ‘lucky punch’ that I connected on Pacquiao. It’s about pride and honor, not money. That’s why in that contest there was no championship at stake, only the WBO’s Champion of The Decade belt. There are no plans [to fight after Bradley]. We’ll leave this commitment first, and then see. First I want to see how I feel and if I plan continue with my career.”
On the other hand it appears that Pacquiao has some other plans and from the looks of it, is rather keen on taking the revenge of the biggest loss of his career. In a recent interview, the former eight-division world champion said: “I have two or three years left as a professional boxer and one of the fight I wants to happen before closing my career is with Marquez.”
On the impending fight WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel said: “If Marquez and Pacquiao both win, the World Boxing Organization regulations would view the Filipino as [the mandatory] challenger to Juan Manuel. Pacquiao goes against Rios for the WBO International title, while Marquez will attempt to capture the world welterweight championship of the WBO from Bradley. If both win the bout between them would be ready, but of course, the fighters have the last word.”