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Juan Manuel Marquez is either playing coy or really messing with some big plans for the boxing world, as the Mexican star says he doesn't see any reason to fight Manny Pacquiao for a fifth time.
Ric Flair once said, "I've got life pretty much the way I want it." Juan Manuel Marquez can relate to that right now, as the Mexican superstar now says he sees no good reason to fight Manny Pacquiao a fifth time later this year.
"I think for me there is no point. We already achieved the desired result. Then why do it? So 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. I said before the fourth fight that no matter how this fight ends, there can not be a fifth."
Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KO) knocked out Pacquiao in December in their fourth fight, which would up winning the majority of Fight of the Year awards. A fifth fight has been discussed since the post-fight press conference, and was expected to potentially land in September of this year.
Marquez, 39, has said that he's going to continue boxing, and recently it was revealed it will be for more than just one fight, as his family has given him the go-ahead to keep fighting. Now, more likely than not, this is just Marquez talking -- Top Rank is going to come to him with a sensational offer, more likely than not, and we're probably talking $10 million or more for his purse, by far the most money he's ever made in his career. When you're winding down a boxing career, that's something most fighters just cannot pass up, no matter what.
That said, Marquez is a prideful man, and if he feels the story with Pacquiao is complete, then maybe it is. Also, there's a chance Marquez simply doesn't want to risk fighting Manny again. If it ends here, he goes out on top, and fickle fans remember the KO blast ahead of anything else. To many, Marquez will be Pacquiao's conqueror if it's left as is.