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article imageOp-Ed: Why Marquez should consider 5th fight against Pacquiao next year

By Leo Reyes     Oct 13, 2016 in Sports
Mexican boxing star Juan Manuel Marquez is set to make his farewell fight next year after more than two years of inactivity due to recurring knee injury.
But Marquez' long-awaited ring return is fully dependent on the result of his ongoing training and physical conditioning under the watch of controversial strength and conditioning coach Angel "Memo" Heredia.
"We've been working out in the gym with Memo, more fitness than anything else. The body is responding well, but I will not make the decision to return until I've been training on a consistent basis and I'll see what my body tells me," Marquez said on Golpe a Golpe. Read more:
If Heredia and his handlers find him physically fit to fight again, Marquez should consider facing Pacquiao for the fifth time considering the clamor from boxing fans.
For Pacquiao, a fifth encounter with Marquez will most likely be his second most lucrative fight before his impending retirement from the sport. Everyone knows that other than the potential Marquez fight, a Mayweather rematch is destined to be the richest boxing fight in 2017.
For his part, Marquez will be in the position to demand higher than his last purse when he fought Pacquiao in 2012. Win or lose, he could retire with a huge amount in his bank account.
The proposed Pacquiao-Marquez 5 is destined to become another box office hit like the rest of the previous Pacquiao-Marquez fights largely because of their long-running rivalry and their opposing fighting styles which the fans love to watch in and off the ring.
Pacquiao's camp led by trainer Freddie Roach has been clamoring for another round with Marquez. Last year, Roach said Marquez is the easiest opponent for Pacquiao and he would jump at the opportunity to fight him again soon.
Common promoter Bob Arum wanted a fifth fight for Marquez and Pacquiao but Marquez was then savoring his knockout win over Pacquiao, saying he isn't interested in another fight with the Filipino fighting senator.
"It was just one punch, Manny was fighting a really good fight going into that one punch but we know it's a possibility but the thing is he's been off for more than a year now and out of those guys, I think he's the safest of the guys," said Roach last year when Pacquiao was recuperating from his injuries.
It would be a good opportunity for Marquez to show his fans why he is the better fighter. He claimed he won all fights prior to his KO win against Pacquiao in 2012.
“The last three fights with Manny (prior to his knockout of Manny in 2012), I won the fights,” Marquez told the last year.
“A lot of people know what happened in those fights. In the first fight, I won a close decision, but [it] was a draw. The second fight, I won another close decision—maybe two points, three points. In the third fight, I won very clearly…I won the four fights– why another fight?” he asked.
Marquez' thoughts on the fights may have changed after two years of inactivity and now that he is contemplating on a return fight, he may have a change of mind and accept Arum's offer for a fifth fight against Pacquiao if the price is right.
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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