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article imageOp-Ed: Marquez's choice — Fight Pacquiao for 5th time or retire for good

By Leo Reyes     Feb 27, 2013 in Sports
The only choice for Mexican counter-puncher Juan Manuel Marquez is to face Manny Pacquiao for a fifth time or he retires for good. That is if he decides to continue fighting past his 39th birthday on August 23.
Granting that he gets a pass from his wife, who continues to oppose his plan to remain active in the ring, logic dictates that he should face Pacquiao for a fifth time for the biggest payday of his career.
No one else in his class or level can deliver the guaranteed prize that can be considered a record-breaker in his 20-year professional boxing career, not even Floyd Mayweather, Jr., who beat him easily when they fought in 2009.
A Mayweather-Marquez rematch won't sell, considering Marquez's lackluster performance during their last fight. Mayweather was quoted as saying that Marquez was one of the easiest fights of his career.
In facing Pacquiao for a fifth time, Marquez will likely double his guaranteed prize in addition to his share in the pay-per-view revenue of the possible HBO weekend event.
Marquez reportedly received $6 million for his fourth fight with Pacquiao last Dec. 8 and there are reports that he won't settle for less than $10 million guaranteed prize.
A fifth clash with Pacquiao is touted as his most lucrative fight ever and will give him the biggest purse of his boxing career.Read more
Critics say that Marquez is eager to face Pacquiao again for the fifth time but he wants to get the maximum prize he can squeeze from his promoters. Popular sportswriter Joaquin Henson of the Philippine Star said "Marquez is playing hard to get," hoping that the promoter will raise his guaranteed purse.
Pacquiao's promoter, Bob Arum, is having a hard time chasing Marquez for a meeting to settle the the fight purse issue. A meeting was set in Las Vegas, Nevada last week but Marquez did not show up. It is not clear if the said meeting which was reset for Wednesday this week took place.
Apparently, Marquez is succeeding in hyping the fight to gauge the pulse of the fans on potential revenue that the fifth fight can generate. Marquez was earlier reported to have dangled the amount of $20 million as his asking prize to face Pacquiao for a fifth time.
Seemingly, Marquez's asking prize is designed to condition the mind of the promoters that he would only face Pacquiao again if the prize is right. But he may eventually settle for about half of the amount.
Marquez was reported to have received $6 million while Pacquiao got $23 million in guaranteed prizes for their last fight.
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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