HIS cold blooded knockout win over Manny Pacquiao will always be in the memory bank of Juan Manuel Marquez.
It’ll stay that way forever even if it meant forsaking a mind-boggling career purse for the Mexican warrior.
Marquez emphatically declared he’s not inclined to fight his long-time Filipino rival for a fifth time, even if it will mean giving up as much as US$60 million in prize money.
Obviously, pride and the machismo in him got the better of the 43-year-old many-time world champion.
“There are rumors on the networks that I have been offered $60 million to again fight Manny Pacquiao,” said Marquez during the 3rd Annual ‘Jose Sulaiman Boxing Tournament of Security Forces’ at the Federal Police facility in Mexico City.
“Even if they give me $100 million, I will not fight him.”
Marquez dealt Pacquiao the worst loss of his career when he knocked out the boxing legend cold in December of 2012 at the MGM Grand in the fourth installment of their storied rivalry.
Pacquiao, 38, has never been badly beaten in the ring in that manner until then, and the senator disclosed recently his request for the Department of Tourism to set aside P3 billion for the planned staging of a fifth match with Marquez.
The Pacquiao camp wanted to hold the fight in Manila in the last quarter of this year.
The P3 billion cost, according to the eight-time world champion, will already covered everything, from fight purse, undercard, billeting, to the promotion.
Tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon Teo said the department is amenable to funding a Pacquiao fight here especially if his opponent would be Marquez or even more, Floyd Mayweather Jr.
They can plan everything except for Marquez agreeing to take the fight. And he’s not.
“I am no longer interested in Pacquiao,” he said.”I wouldn’t go to the Philippines for a fight with Pacquiao for $100 million.”
Marquez (56-7-1-, with 40 KOs) has not officially retired from the ring and kept himself in shape by constantly training and running. He last fought in May of 2014 in a 12-round unanimous decision win over Mike Alvarado.
He tells about plans of fighting again this year, although everything depends on what his family will say.
“If my family tells me to, I’ll leave boxing,” the Mexican stressed. “My family is now my priority.”
Certainly, not Manny Pacquiao.