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Juan Manuel Marquez: Fourth Fight With Manny Pacquiao Should Be in Mexico

Juan Manuel Marquexz wants a fourth fight with Manny Pacquiao, and he wants it in his home country of Mexico.
Juan Manuel Marquexz wants a fourth fight with Manny Pacquiao, and he wants it in his home country of Mexico.

Juan Manuel Marquez returned to Mexico after Saturday's majority decision loss to Manny Pacquiao, and he wants to stay right there. Top Rank is looking make the fourth fight between the two rivals, and Marquez wants it to be in his home country this time.

"Now the ball is in my court and I think the [fourth fight] should be in Mexico, under my conditions," Marquez said.


Marquez's brother, fellow boxer Rafael, predictably called Saturday's Pacquiao victory "an injustice" and a "scandal", but went as far as insinuating that HBO was the one "giving instructions to the judges" in order to protect Pacquiao. Sure, if HBO could control the universe, they'd want Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather to keep winning until they hopefully face each other in what would be the richest fight in boxing history for all involved. I just have a hard time believing that HBO is paying off judges, or influencing them, or whatever Rafael and his "friends" are exactly saying.

If Pacquiao and Marquez do indeed go straight to a fourth fight, it's possible that Marquez does actually have negotiating power. Despite being unable to officially "beat" Pacquiao, he has a legitimate case in all three of their fights. More importantly Pacquiao and his camp clearly believe there is unfinished business, because they could have easily said "Thanks, but we've beaten you twice now" and moved on directly to Mayweather. But they want to make a fourth fight with Marquez; maybe it's really because Pacquiao wants to convincingly beat Marquez, or perhaps Freddie Roach needs to see Pacquiao improve against a counterpunching style before he signs off on a Mayweather fight. Either way, if they're saying they need Marquez, that gives Marquez some leverage.

I highly doubt this fight would be made anywhere other than the United States. I can't see Manny Pacquiao going into Mexico after struggling so much against Marquez on Saturday. Maybe they "compromise" and have it at Cowboys Stadium, where Marquez could get tons of support. I do know that it would be a totally insane atmosphere if it went to Mexico, though.

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