Mexican boxing legend Juan Manuel Marquez has changed his mind announcing that he is willing to fight Manny Pacquiao for the fifth time but the Filipino ring icon is not interested, opting instead to just focus his attention on his rematch against Timothy Bradley on April 12, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“We talked about the report regarding Marquez’s ‘changed of heart’ during our breakfast earlier and we’re glad to hear it, but we’re not interested to fight him as of this time,” Pacquiao’s long time adviser Mike Koncz told The Manila Times in a phone interview on Tuesday. “We’re only focusing on the April fight.”
Marquez (55-7-1 win-loss-draw card with 40 knockouts) said he is really interested to fight the winner between Pacquiao (55-5-2 slate with 38 knockouts) and the 30-year-old Bradley (31-0 win-loss slate with 12 knockouts) because he wants five world titles in five divisions.
“He wants the challenge of the Bradley-Pacquiao winner, he wants to make history of a fifth world title in five divisions. If Pacquiao wins he’ll have the belt, and Juan wants it,” Marquez’s promoter Fernando Beltran told Los Angeles Times reporter Lance Pugmire.
But Pacquiao has no plans of fighting his Mexican archrival even if he beat Bradley.
“If ever Manny wins the fight against Bradley, he will take a rest and have long vacation together with his family,” said Koncz.
Marquez, who knocked out Pacquiao in the sixth round of their fourth fight in December 2012, is scheduled to fight American Mike Alvarado (34-2 record with 23 knockouts) on May 17. Marquez lost to Bradley in October 2013 by split decision.