Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao is still in search for his last opponent and one of the names thrown around is his longtime rival, Juan Manuel Marquez.
The Mexican boxer has fought Pac-Man four times already and although Pacquiao has the advantage in terms of number of wins, Marquez undeniably has the most convincing win as he sent Pacquiao out cold in their fourth match.
However, the Mexican boxer said he is no longer interested in fighting his nemesis. His reason? He believes the judges and the people behind will once again screw him up.
“I’ve said it before, they are going to do me in the fifth fight exactly as they did to me in the third one,” Marquez said in an interview with Boxing Scene .
Also, he wants people to know that he is not in for the money anymore and he will only fight if pride and honor are on the line.
“If I did this, the people would start to turn against me,” he said. “They would say that I’m doing it just for the money, for the financial aspect.”
“But I believe honor and pride is worth a lot more than the millions of dollars they are willing to pay me,” he added.
Meanwhile, Manny Pacquiao has made up his mind that April 9 will be his last day in a boxing ring per Top Rank CEO, Bob Arum.
“Manny told me this would be his last fight and I’m not sad about it because he’s going on to a political career which will require a lot of mental acuity, so you don’t want him to stay in boxing too long,” Arum said via GMA Network .
Pacquiao is running for senator in the Philippines and Bob Arum said it won’t help Pacquiao to be an active boxer as it might put his mental acuity in jeopardy.