"Pacquiao Wants Nothing To Do With Marquez Anymore," Says Schaefer. "I'm Willing To Fight Him Any Time," Says Pac-Man!

by James Slater - It's a fight all of boxing wants to see; Manny "Pac-Man" Pacquiao Vs. Juan Manuel Marquez III. But it did seem as though the fight would never happen. Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy Promotions is certainly under the impression that the fight is doubtful, claiming recently that Pacquiao wants nothing more to do with the Mexican great who held him to a draw at featherweight and then took him 12 hard rounds in a super-featherweight return..

"There's no way Bob Arum and Pacquiao are going to fight him [Marquez] again," Schaefer was reported as saying by Yahoo Sports. "I don't think Pacquiao wants anything to do with Juan Manuel Marquez anymore. Juan Manuel Marquez will fight anyone. He's never turned down anyone. Have you ever heard him turn down any opponent?"

Schaefer is correct when he says Marquez is a true warrior, willing to face anyone out there, but Manny Pacquiao strongly disagrees that he is unwilling to box "Dinamita" for a third time. "Pac-Man," now a promoter as well as fighter, said recently that he'd be willing to face Marquez again, but that he and his promotional company, along with Top Rank and Golden Boy, would promote the bout.

"I'm willing to fight him any time," Pacquiao said. "But since I will be the promoter he must first accept all the conditions I ask for, including a smaller purse [for Marquez]. If he agrees to the conditions I will know he is fighting for honour and I will fight him. If not [I'll know] he's only after getting a big purse."

A third meeting between these two archrivals would be a great thing for boxing fans the world over. Bouts one and two were nothing short of thrilling, and the argument still goes on, even though Pacquiao never lost either bout, as to which fighter is superior. Both boxers are red hot at the moment, with Marquez becoming the first man to stop Cuban great Joel Casamayor at the week end, and Pacquiao having brutally and clinically despatched David Diaz in his last fight. Indeed, Pacquiao is that good, he is even being given a good chance (by some) against the much bigger Oscar De La Hoya in a fight that will be held at welterweight this coming December. It seems this fight, and how well "Pac-Man" fares in it, will be one of the factors that goes into deciding whether or not there will be a third fight between he and Marquez.

Should Manny actually beat Oscar the Filipino legend will be in a sensational position. Able to pretty much pick and choose who he wants to fight next, a De La Hoya-conquering Pacquiao will have monstrous respect from everyone in the boxing world. As such, any fighter calling him out/claiming he's being ducked by Pacquiao will simply look foolish. However, if Manny is given a beat down by "The Golden Boy" in his welterweight debut, chances are Pacquiao will be moving back down to his more natural weight of 135-pounds - and the much wanted third go with Marquez would have a good chance of taking place.

Marquez wants the fight, Pacquiao says he's willing to give him it if the Mexican agrees to his terms. Could we, then, be seeing the third instalment of a classic series some time next year?

Article posted on 16.09.2008

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