Manny Pacquiao vs Juan Manuel Marquez: Is 5th fight on tap?Written by Joseph Herron
It's become common knowledge throughout the boxing community that eight division world titlist Manny Pacquiao wants another shot at Floyd Mayweather's undefeated record before he hangs up the gloves for good.
But what hasn't been as widely publicized is the fact that the Pacman still believes he has unfinished business with longtime Mexican nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez.
According to Marquez's strength and conditioning coach, Angel "Memo" Heredia, the 37 year old Philippines Senator and his Hall of Fame trainer, Freddie Roach, would love to the opportunity to avenge the brutal KO loss delivered by the Mexican fight legend.
"I told Freddie the other day, 'Hey, what about Manny Pacquiao vs Juan Manuel Marquez 5?' You should have seen Freddie," the controversial fitness guru recently told FightHype.com.
"He started to get really excited about it because he still wants the fight. He told me that Manny would take that fight in a minute...he would take it right away! They both still want that fight!"
Back in 2014, Arum and company made an offer to JMM for an epic fifth meeting with Manny Pacquiao, to potentially be held in Macau, China. Unfortunately for Team Pacquiao, the 43 year old Mexican great requested a respectively unprecedented payday of $20 million, which consequently soured the deal.
Freddie Roach stated back in June of 2014, that his fighter and Bob Arum would have been willing to make the fight a reality if Juan would have been happy with $10 million, which would have still been a career high payday for JMM.
Regrettably for Manny, it seems the semi-retired four division world champion has inflated his price-tag since then.
"I told Marquez about it," stated Memo Heredia.
"Juan said that he had already accomplished what he wanted to accomplish with Manny Pacquiao. I said, 'what if they offered you $30 million for another Pacquiao fight?' He said, 'well...let's just see what happens.' So you never know."
While many die-hard fight fans would undoubtedly complain about a fifth meeting between the two ring legends, Heredia believes a majority would ultimately endorse "Pacquiao vs. Marquez 5".
"People would say, 'why are we watching this fight again?' They would complain about it initially, but I guarantee you everyone would buy another fight between Pacquiao and Marquez. Because of how exciting the last fight was and how it ended...yeah, everyone would pay to see them fight again."
"It's a good fight. It's a show. They (Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez) don't play...they don't run. They always come to fight. They're two great fighters and arguably two of the best ever."
Pacquiao is currently slated to face current WBO Welterweight champion Jessie Vargas on November 5th in Las Vegas, Nevada. Should the Pacman win the 147 pound world title once again this Fall, he would hold the one thing missing from JMM's illustrious career...a Welterweight championship and a Mexican record of five world titles in five different divisions.
But would it be enough to bait Juan Manuel Marquez out of retirement?