Though Juan Manuel Marquez says he's not interested, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum and trainer Freddie Roach still believe that Marquez will fight Manny Pacquiao a fifth time later this year.
But promoter Bob Arum and trainer Freddie Roach are still confident -- as most fans are -- that a fifth fight will take place later in 2013:
"His idea of negotiations," Arum smiled.
"What other fight for him is out there? Is he going to fight Mayweather again? Can he beat Mayweather? He got killed by Mayweather. ... He'll negotiate when it gets closer, I'm not worried about that. He really doesn't have anything else. Bradley and all of those other guys out there, he's not going to make the money that he would for Pacquiao," Roach told BoxingScene.com.
Marquez, who turns 40 in August, and Pacquiao, who just turned 34, have put together the greatest rivalry of their generation, and one of the greatest of all time, with fights in 2004, 2008, 2011, and 2012. They drew the first time, Pacquiao won disputed decisions in the middle pair of bouts, and Marquez knocked Pacquiao out cold in December.
The hunger for a fifth fight is definitely there from the public, it seems -- Manny's fans would love to see him return the KO favor, and those who don't have a particular favorite are intrigued by them locking horns again. It's also important to remember that a lot of these fans have likely seen the third and fourth fights, and weren't really paying attention when the first two took place. For them, it hasn't been the full, eight-year story that many of us have been through. Thrilling as it's been, that's a long time for two guys to fixate on one another, so I do understand the diehard fans who would prefer something fresh.
Money, as we keep saying, is most likely going to talk. There is mega cash in a fifth fight between these two, as right now it's probably the biggest money fight in the sport that doesn't involve Floyd Mayweather, and neither of them are in that game at the moment.