SUDDENLY, Juan Manuel Marquez is singing a different tune.
The 39-year-old Mexican came out and said he is no longer interested in making a fifth fight with longtime rival Manny Pacquiao.
Quoted by BoxingScene writer Miguel Rivera, the Mexican said, “I think for me, there is no point (in a fifth fight). We already achieved the desired result. Then why do it.”
Marquez is coming off a stunning sixth-round knockout of Pacquiao in their welterweight fight two months ago, one which saw the Philippine boxing pride get hit by a vicious counter right and falling face-first into the canvas.
In the aftermath of the fight, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum didn’t discount the possibility of the two rivals meeting again in a fifth bout, which he guarantees would certainly be the biggest as far as the careers of both fighters is concerned.
Pacquiao is likewise amenable to fighting Marquez anew, with September being eyed as the likely date.
For a while, Marquez contemplated about finally hanging his gloves following the remarkable victory. But he has since changed his mind, and appeared ready to fight at least another match.
Unfortunately, Pacquiao lo longer seemed part of his plan.
“I also asked several people, several friends that I have around me, and they told me not to do it, that there is no point in a fifth fight,” said the Mexican, who has a ring record of 55-6-1, with 40 KOs.
In his first three meetings with the `Pacman,’ Marquez drew once and lost twice by decision – a split and majority -- with both losses contested as not a few believed the Mexican won over his Filipino rival.
Marquez has vowed before their fourth meeting that he’ll no longer leave his fate in the hands of the judges, guaranteeing he’s going for a clear knockout against Pacquiao which he did in style.
“I said before the fourth fight that no matter how this fight ends, there can not be a fifth,” he said.