Marquez not interested in 5th fight with Pacman

ALTHOUGH eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank wants to get Juan Manuel Marquez in the ring for a fifth fight against Pacquiao to give the Filipino boxing icon a chance to avenge his stunning sixth-round knockout loss to the Mexican in 2012, it seems the Mexican is not interested.

“Yes, I believe they are interested in that fight, but I am no longer (interested) and that’s a fact,” the 42-year-old Marquez told Boxing Scene.

Fernando Beltran of Zanfer, who promotes Marquez, wants the four-division world champion to consider a return to the ring this December, but the Mexican doesn’t want to face Pacquiao, often stating that he wishes to savor his spectacular KO win the rest of his life apparently scorning the offer of a big purse to fight Manny.

Meantime, while Pacquiao’s handlers are reportedly in talks with World Boxing Council welterweight Silver champion Amir Khan’s people for a possible Pacquiao showdown next year, his trainer Virgil Hunter believes a match between his ward and undefeated International Boxing Federation champion and pound-for-pound No. 10 Kell Brook would be good for Great Britain.

“While Brook’s next assignment is an IBF world title defense against Diego Chaves, Khan himself has confirmed preliminary talks have taken place about a contest against Brook next year, with Wembley being cited as a potential venue.

And his trainer, Virgil Hunter, believes such a contest will be highly beneficial to the sport in this country,” Sky Sports in Britain reported.

Hunter told “I would hope at some point that they both fight each other. I know it would be good for Great Britain, good for him and good for boxing. I’ve never pushed him (Khan) to take the fight because it’s obvious there are some things going on between them from long before I came along.”

Hunter added: “There have been little bits and pieces that I get like, ‘you disrespected me’ or ‘you’re not well known enough’ or who won the sparring sessions when they were amateurs. It has all the ingredients for a big fight. I’m sure that if both continue to fight that the fight’s going to happen.”


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