MANNY Pacquiao will definitely not ask for an increase in prize money should there be a fifth meeting with Juan Manuel Marquez.
But nor is he going to agree to a pay cut as well.
Lawyer Jeng Gacal, legal counsel of the boxing superstar, insisted the Pacquiao camp would definitely not allow the group of Marquez to get the bigger share of the pie if ever they meet again.
“Hindi kami papayag dun (prize slash). Alam na ni Bob (Arum) yun,” explained Gacal, referring to the Top Rank chairman.
Pacquiao received a guaranteed purse of US$23 million for his last fight against Marquez three months ago, which he lost via a brutal sixth-round knockout. The Mexican on the other hand, got a cool $6 million.
But with talks of a possible fifth fight in September cropping up, Marquez has reportedly asked that he get at least $20 million purse for having beaten Pacquiao decisively in their last fight.
The 39-year-old Mexican even said he’s ready to look for other options if the demand is not met, stressing he has nothing more to prove following his sensational knockout win over his longtime Filipino rival.
But Gacal, the chief of staff of Pacquiao at the House of Representatives, believes that should Marquez receive a bigger purse, the take of the 'Pacman' will definitely be affected.
Gacal, however, said they’ll leave the negotiations to Arum.
“Si Bob na muna ang pababayaan naming umasikaso dun.”
This developed as a leading boxing analyst believes honor and reason will eventually make Pacquiao change his mind and bend down a bit as far as his prize money is concerned just to realize a fifth encounter with `El Dinamita.’
“Maunawain yang si Manny, tingin ko mga $20 o $18 million na fight purse, papayag na `yun. Mabait `yung tao na `yun,” said Sports Radio boxing anchor Renato Lirio.
Lirio is also optimistic a fifth Pacquiao-Marquez showdown will generate a huge pay-per-view interest following the outcome of their last fight
“Para sa akin, tatabo (sa takilya at pay-per-view) iyang fifth fight. Tingin ko nga mas aabangan pa yan ng tao kaysa sa next fight ni Floyd,” added Lirio, referring to the May 4 ring return of unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather, Jr. against dangerous Robert 'The Ghost' Guerrero.
Pacquiao has kept his mind away from boxing at the moment to focus on the coming May elections as he seeks a second term as Sarangani congressman.