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article imageOp-Ed: Is Marquez ungrateful to Pacquiao with new-found fame?

By Leo Reyes     Feb 9, 2013 in Sports
Juan Manuel Marquez's popularity soared to a highest level since winning over long-time foe Manny Pacquiao via a stunning knockout in the sixth round of their fourth fight last Dec. 8 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
With his soaring popularity, Marquez's guaranteed prize is likely to double once he signs up to face Pacquiao for a fifth time.
Marquez reportedly made $6 million guaranteed prize for his winning fight against Pacquiao last Dec. 8
In his earlier statement, Marquez said he is not bound to face Pacquiao in the ring for another fight.
“I think for me there is no point [in a fifth fight]. The business that we had pending is already settled, so then for what? I’ve asked several people, several friends that I have around me and they tell me no, in no case a fifth fight…before the fourth bout, I said regardless of how this fight ends, there cannot be a fifth.” Marquez said in a report by Boxing Scene
Critics say, Marquez' statement is designed to boost his bargaining power in order to extract more dollars from his promoters.
Veteran sports columnist Quinito Henson said, "Marquez is playing hard to get" because of his knockdown win against Pacquiao.
If Marquez is indeed serious with his plan to decline a fifth fight with Pacquiao, he may be labeled as ungrateful friend after having successfully secured a third fight with Pacquiao in 2011. Marquez had said he and Pacquiao are friends off the ring.
It may be recalled that Marquez had traveled thousands of miles to Manila and practically beg Pacquiao for a third fight in an effort to boost his sagging popularity. He knew then that another showdown with Pacquiao would thrust him back to spotlight and boost his marketability.
Pacquiao has remained popular despite his loss to Timothy Bradley in May and Marquez in December 2012.. Fighters at Pacquiao's level are lining up at this time for the opportunity to face him in the ring.
Any rising boxer who is given the opportunity to face Pacquiao becomes celebrity of sorts and an instant millionaire.
Marquez is very much aware of Pacquiao's crowd-drawing capability and he knows that no one, not even Floyd Mayweather, Jr., can generate the revenues that could cover the biggest purse of his career.
Still, Marquez has every right to decline a fifth fight with Pacquiao for whatever reasons there may be.
But critics and fans would likely label him as ungrateful for all the accommodations he got from Pacquiao when he needed to fight him in 2011 to boost his sagging popularity.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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