Juan Manuel Marquez has never been one to hide his feelings, and a topic he is always very vocal about is the possibility of taking on Manny Pacquiao for a third time.
This despite the fact that there are now two weight classes separating them, and that both seemingly have their next few fights planned out.
Never one to be dissuaded though Marquez has again been claiming that Pacquiao is scared of him, and that he won the first two fights. Which is much the same as he has been continuously saying for the past two years.
Talking to Lem Satterfield of BoxingScene, Marquez said:
“Bob Arum and Pacquiao are scared of me. Pacquiao and Bob Arum know who won the fights. Otherwise, why don’t he fight me? He doesn’t want it.”
Even if Pacquiao were interested in taking the fight though, Marquez currently has potentially three fights lined up. He takes on Juan Diaz later this month, and has been ordered by the WBO to defend his title against Michael Katsidis after that. A third opponent being discussed is Amir Khan, who Golden Boy seem eager to match with the Mexican later this year.
At the same time Pacquiao himself has three potential opponents lined up for November, and whichever of the three he takes on, probably another bout as good as booked for May of next year. If he fights Mayweather in November, a rematch and possibly even a third fight will probably follow. If he takes on Cotto or Margarito next, then the Mayweather fight will probably happen in May.
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Either way there doesn’t appear to be any room to fit Marquez into Pacquiao’s schedule for at least a year, by which time Marquez might well have lost, especially if Golden Boy’s plan of feeding him to Amir Khan comes to fruition.
There are some fans who would rather see Pacquiao vs. Marquez III than any of the alternatives but they are clearly in the minotiry, and of the potential opponents being lined up for Pacquiao, Marquez would certainly be the least likely to pose much of a threat.
Had Marquez not fought Floyd Mayweather at welterweight and been blown out of the water, the demand to see him take on Pacquiao again might be greater. But right now his taunts seem rather toothless and more like an aging fighter looking for a big pay day than someone trying to avenge what he feels is an unjust loss.
Mike Frasier, Philly: “I would rather see Pac shut him up properly than see him beat up Cotto again or give millions of dollars to a cheater”
Tim Mathiesen, Pittsburgh: “Marquez needs to concentrate on the lightweight division, he’ll lose to Khan badly as it is so going after Pacquiao is pointless”
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