MANNY Pacquiao won't settle for anything less than a vicious knockout against Juan Manuel Marquez if and when they meet in the ring again in a possible September showdown.
Rex `Wakee’ Salud, the longtime confidante of the 34-year-old boxing legend, said he clearly sees in the eyes of his friend the eagerness to get back at the man who dealt the worst loss of his career last December.
“Makikita mo sa mata niya na talagang gusto niyang gumanti. He won’t go for a decision,” said Salud. “Syempre, knockout din ang gusto nun (Pacquiao).
“Kaya nga si Marquez ang gustong-gusto niyang next fight ... Gusto niyang makaganti.”
Salud also underlined the revenue a fifth fight can potentially generate as most boxing fans will be interested to see how Pacquiao will try to even the score against his longtime Mexican rival.
The Cebu-based boxing promoter also stressed that a spectacular Pacquiao win over Marquez can give the Filipino southpaw a better leverage in case negotiations for a mega-fight with unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. are revived.
“Kailangan talaga makaganti para gumanda-ganda ulit ang value kay Floyd,” Salud added.
Asked if a September bout between Pacquiao and Marquez will push through despite conflicting reports from both camps, Salud thinks so.
“Yes. Yan ang gusto nina Bob Arum at Freddie Roach.”
Salud, a member of Pacquiao’s inner circle in boxing, also believes Marquez is just playing hard to get to secure a better fight purse.
“Papayag din yun. Nasa negosayson at pakikipag-usap na ni Arum yun. Wala na siyang makukuhang mas malaki pang kita kungdi kay Manny,” said Salud of Marquez, who earlier said there’s no need for him to fight Pacquiao for a fifth time after winning their welterweight bout last December.
If the fight goes on, Marquez is expected to earn more than the US$8 million he received during his fourth meeting with the `Pacman.’