Marquez Rejected $100 Million For Fifth Pacquiao Fight
Four years ago, Juan Manuel Marquez knocked out Manny Pacquiao in the fourth and final faceoff between the two fighters. This year saw the retirement of Marquez, as the 44 year old would step away from the sport
Marquez and Pacquiao first met in 2004 at featherweight. Marquez recovered from three knockdowns in the first round to rally down the stretch. The bout would end in a controversial twelve round draw.
Their 2008 rematch, at super featherweight, saw Pacquiao win a controversial twelve round split decision. And the third meeting, in 2011, saw Pacquiao win a twelve round majority decision in another fight that was deemed controversial by a number of experts.
The fourth bout, in 2012, saw both fighters hit the floor, and Marquez closed the show in the sixth round with one of the most memorable one-punch knockouts – with Pacquiao going down face-first and completely out in the closing seconds.
With four fights in the book, Bob Arum was interested in making a fifth fight, and according to Marquez the fight was so sought after that Filipino investors offered him $100 Million to face Pacquiao in their country.
Despite the high amount of money at his feet, Marquez felt it would have been wrong to place himself in a position where he could potentially tarnish the memory of his big win.
“There was an offer for a fifth fight against Pacquiao in the Philippines for $100 million dollars, and I refused in order to keep my honor and the glory of the fourth fight from 2012,” said Marquez in an interview with ESPN Deportes.
Instead, Marquez accepted fights with Timothy Bradley and Mike Alvarado for far less than he would have made for a fifth Pacquiao bout.
Marquez explained further that a $100 million would not be enough to repair the damage if he took a fifth fight and was robbed or seriously hurt in Pacquiao’s backyard.
“It’s a lot of money – but honor, pride and what we did is more important than doing a fifth fight. Let’s pretend that the fifth fight would happen. How about if I get robbed in the fight, we do not know what can happen, he’s capable of hitting me with the right shot and hurting me badly. So I would place myself at risk. The glory and what we did in 2012 is worth more than that amount they were offering,” Marquez said.