Though few believe that it won't happen, Juan Manuel Marquez is continuing to say he's not interested in a fifth fight with Manny Pacquiao, and is now somewhat hilariously claiming that boxing fans are also not interested in the fight.
"I am not interested in doing it. There is no point. The objective was achieved and everything that was outstanding is now finished. The most important thing is that everything concluded in a positive manner for me. I don't believe that the fans are interested in seeing another rematch between us."
A fifth bout, which is rumored to be happening late this year, with negotiations supposedly having already taken place privately, already has much more buzz and fan talk than the fourth fight did, and probably even the third fight. Both of those bouts did well at the gate and on pay-per-view, and a fifth fight, with a storyline touting Pacquiao's attempt at revenge for December's brutal KO loss, would be expected to sell again. There is far more intrigue in the fifth fight than there was the last two, or at least that's how it seems to me.
But all of this is just talk for now. Marquez would probably make a purse of $10 million or more for the Pacquiao bout, and there's just nothing he can do that even comes close to comparing to that money. For a guy closing in on 40 and not looking to stick around forever, that's going to be too good to pass up. Marquez has done a remarkable job making tremendous money since 2009 to set up a retirement, and it's almost impossible to see him turning down the kind of cash he'll bring home to face Manny again.
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