Op-Ed: Huge payday awaits Juan Manuel Marquez in 5th fight with Pacquiao
Mexican counter-puncher Juan Manuel Marquez is getting too much pressure from friends, relatives and fans, urging him to retire after beating his long-time foe Manny Pacquiao last December 8 in Las Vegas, Nev.
It appears Marquez is bent on pursuing his boxing career after figuring out how lucrative it would be for his next fight after his devastating KO win over Pacquiao.
On paper Marquez reportedly got $3 million for his December 8 fight while Pacquiao got $8.6 million based on the contract filed with the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), according to ts executive director Keith Kizer
But the real money will come from their share of the proceeds of the pay-per-view (PPV) sales which could reach over $60 million ( PPV buys:1.15 Million @$59.95)
Summing it all up, Marquez could make about $10 million, likely the biggest in his entire boxing career while Pacquiao could make more than $25 million when everything are factored in.
Because of his most impressive performance over the Filipino boxing star, Marquez is expected to double his guaranteed price with an opportunity to cash in on record-breaking PPV for a possible fifth fight with Pacquiao.
Nowhere would Marquez generate this huge purse for a single fight outside of another lucrative clash with Pacquiao, possibly in September next year.
This situation seems to be putting Marquez into a terrible pressure both from his fans and most of all, from his wife Erika, who is opposing his plan for another round with Pacquiao.
“I’ve asked Juan to leave,” she says, according to Boxing Scene
. “He is receiving offers to continue fighting, but all of the money in the world won’t buy you another life, and no money in the world will buy you another brain.”
“What I want is for him to retire,” continues Erika, “and to devote his time to enjoying his family. When Juan fights I suffer enough. In this fight it was no exception. I saw Pacquiao’s wife crying, desperate to climb into the ring. She feared the worst. I saw what she felt, and I reflected and understood her suffering. I felt her anguish when I saw that Pacquiao did not move and did not get up,” Erika added.
But Marquez seems to be determined to give Pacquiao one last shot before retiring for good.
If Marquez gets his wife's consent, it will be the biggest and most lucrative fight of his entire boxing career.
"When I make my decision , it will be final. I don't wan to be someone who retires and then comes right back. I am talking to my wife and trying to convince her (to let me fight once more)," Marquez said.
There is plenty of time for Marquez to decide on his career path. He also plans to seek a fifth world title before retiring.
"I wish my wife would give the green light (permission) to continue boxing and seek a fifth world title," said the 39-year-old Marquez.
"I am trying to convince her."
Meanwhile Pacquiao has been slapped with a 120-day suspension from boxing to give him more time to recover from his most devastating loss to Marquez. Read more