Manny Pacquiao, the Phillippine’s congressman who also happens to be the only human alive to hold ten titles in eight different weight divisions, announced on Monday that he will fight Mexico’s Juan Manuel Márquez next.
Still, he didn’t seem too thrilled about the fight.
“I would not watch Pacquiao vs. Márquez,” Pacquiao said to The Philippine Star on Sunday, and questioned whether the public would be interested in watch him fight Márquez again; Pacquiao beat Márquez for the WBC Super Featherweight title in a 12-round, split decision in Las Vegas in 2008.
The newspaper said Pacquiao’s business manager Eric Pineda would accept the fight if Marquez promoted it.
Márquez’s record includes 52 wins with 38 KOs and only 5 loses. The only draw of his career came against Pacquiao in 2004 when he retained his WBA and IBF featherweight titles, and in 2008, he lost his WBC super featherweight belt in a controversial split decision to the steel knuckled Filipino.
“We know that Pacquiao has been avoiding us. We will put a lot of work into it, and a third fight is what the public wants to see,” Marquez told reporters after beating Michael Katsidis.
“Yes he [Pacquiao] beat bigger fellows but they are all past their prime, while I beat younger and stronger boxers like Juan Diaz and Michael Katsidis.”
However, one issue that could delay or even cancel the rematch is that Marquez wants the fight to be at the weight limit of 140-142 pounds, while Pacquiao’s coach Freddie Roach says he wants to fight at 147.
“I know he can make that weight as when he fought Margarito [earlier this month], he was just 144 pounds. So if they insist in fighting at 147, like Freddie Roach has mentioned, they are again giving excuses.”
Roach said that the Pacman weighted 144 the day of the fight, but walked out to the ring at 148, and he won’t let his fighter box under that weight again.