Pacquiao vs Bradley Fight 2014: Juan Manuel Marquez Wants Another Manny Match
While preparing for his upcoming match against Mike Alvarado on May 17, Juan Manuel Marquez has expressed his interest in getting in the ring again for the fifth time against Manny Pacquiao, LATimes reports
After his defeat against Timothy Bradley in October of last year, Marquez stated that he does not want to have a possible fifth match against Pacquiao. But now that the Filipino boxer has an upcoming fight against Bradley, Marquez has reconsidered his decision.
Fernando Beltran, Marquez's promoter in Mexico, said, "He wants the challenge of the Bradley-Pacquiao winner, he wants to make history of a fifth world title in five divisions." He added, "If Pacquiao wins he'll have the belt, and Juan wants it."
Bob Arum even stated that Marquez is "very excited, delighted" by the opportunity to face-off against Pacquiao.
During an interview with RingTV, Marquez said, "I always said I wanted to fight Pacquiao and beat him and I did. I do want that [welterweight] title, but I'm not obsessed with it, though it would be a great achievement."
When asked about his thoughts on the upcoming Pacquiao-Bradley bout, the 40-year-old boxer sided with his long-time Filipino rival according to BoxingScene. He said, "First I want to say that it is an important, interesting fight, because of what happened in the first. In that fight the decision was different from what happened in the ring, and I think Bradley should change his strategy because it did not work [from the first fight]."
He continued, "Pacquiao could fight the same, but it is Bradley who needs to make adjustments. If judges do what needs to be done, Pacquiao should win. If Bradley makes the adjustments, it's going to be a very good fight."
Marquez first went toe-to-toe against Pacquiao in 2004 which ended in a controversial draw. The two met again in 2008 and 2011 with Pacquiao winning both of the fights. But in the following year, Marquez got his revenge in the form of a knockout win during their fourth fight.