Saturday, June 1, 2013
Marquez: I don't think about Pacquiao
By Salvador Rodriguez
Juan Manuel Marquez wants the feeling of knocking out Manny Pacquiao to last forever.
MEXICO -- As Juan Manuel Marquez begins training for his Oct. 12 fight with welterweight titlist Timothy Bradley Jr., for the first time in a long time, he won't be thinking about a possible future fight with Manny Pacquiao.
Marquez insists that regardless of what has been reported, he won't participate in a fifth fight with Pacquiao.
Top Rank and Zanfer Promotions have been open about their plans for a fight next year that would match the winner of Bradley-Marquez with the winner of the Pacquiao-Brandon Rios bout on Nov. 23. But when reminded of those plans, Marquez reiterated his stance.
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"Speaking sincerely, I don't think about that anymore," Marquez said of the notion of yet another Pacquiao fight. "Anything that was pending was settled, in every way. If he would have knocked me out the way I did to him, how am I going to ask for another fight?
"Keeping that feeling would be grandiose, and to have my Mexican supporters and the whole world enjoy that feeling and say, 'Remember the best pound-for-pound fighter that was knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez?' -- to me, that is worth more than all the money in the world."
But a fifth fight with the Filipino icon would earn Marquez a substantial sum -- and would mean a lucrative payout for all involved. Might
"We know that the offer will be tempting, but it isn't worth more than the feeling, what was lived, what was acquired after that knockout," Marquez said. "That's worth more than several million dollars. I would rather retire with this feeling than take a risk in whatever happens with Pacquiao [such as another controversial decision]."
Marquez wasn't happy about having to wait for Floyd Mayweather Jr. to make a decision about his next fight before the date with Bradley could be settled. (Top Rank's Bob Arum announced Thursday that Bradley-Marquez would be moved off the original date of Sept. 14 after Mayweather announced his megabout with Canelo Alvarez for the same day.) But that aside, he assured that his training schedule is on track.
"I'm running in the mornings, getting stronger at the National Talent Development and High Performance Center (CNAR) in order to start getting some rhythm," Marquez said. "[I was] only waiting for the date and location to start training harder."