Juan “Dinamita” Manuel Marquez (55-7-1, 40 KOs) is not going to fight Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs) even though he will win the rematch against American Timothy Bradley.
In an interview with RingTV, Marquez said, “With Bradley, I don’t see that as a loss. It was a close fight and I thought I did enough to win. If I decided to retire right now, I would be satisfied. I always said I wanted to fight Pacquiao and beat him and I did. I do want that [welterweight] title, but I’m not obsessed with it, though it would be a great achievement.”
There are a lot of hesitations on the part of Marquez because he is thinking about whether he could still pull the trigger and upset the Filipino boxing superstar once more, as many believers are trying to say that Pacquiao is more focused than ever before after his knockout loss against the Mexican boxer.
Until this time, he’s a very dangerous fighter to his opponents. That’s what he did to Brandon Rios last year. Perhaps, his defeat against Marquez would serve him best. He has a chance to avenge his humiliating loss, but Marquez has no interest in another bout against the Filipino boxing icon even though Bob Arum is offering him a biggest payday of his career.
Speaking about a true legacy in boxing, I don’t think Marquez is setting a good example for his fans in Mexico and around the world. Dinamita should give a second shot to Pacquiao. He should show the world that he has the heart of a lion. This only shows that he is now ducking Pacquiao if he will avoid a fifth epic battle. Although some boxing pugilists and aficionados do not want to see this fight again, I think many people are still interested to watch the comeback of a former pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao. Diehard fans of the Filipino congressman want their idol to send Marquez into retirement just like what he did to Erik Morales, Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, and others.
Also, this fight is good for Marquez to show that his win against Pacquiao was not a “Lucky punch.” Sure, this would generate a huge revenue for both veteran boxers. This is one of the reasons why that this fifth fight needs to happen this year if Mayweather is not interested in facing Pacquiao.
After a fifth fight between Marquez and Pacquiao, the Mexican fighter can retire peacefully – win or lose. I don’t think Marquez is afraid to fight Pacquiao, but he is trying to protect his boxing records. He can’t afford to lose another fight to Pacquiao. But don’t worry, there’s nothing to be feared – especially if you lose to an all-time-great and one and only eight- division world champion Pacquiao.