In their fourth savage affair last December, Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KOs) brutally knocked the 34-year-old Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs) onto Queer Street at 2:59 of the sixth round.
Marquez is clearly satisfied with rendering Pacquiao unconscious and also remains livid that the “Fighter of the Decade” claims he was floored by a lucky blow.
“It’s not about the money. It’s about pride and honor,” said Marquez, 40, who allegedly scoffed at $13 million to again scrap Pacquiao. “Pacquiao has been saying a lot of things and you can see that he wants me to take the bait. He wants a fifth fight. But, it’s not going to happen.”
Marquez is slated to battle WBO welterweight titleholder Timothy Bradley on October 12 at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Unfortunately for the bruising Mexican, the 30-year-old Bradley (30-0-0-1, 12 KOs) should outscore Marquez to remain an undefeated titlist this autumn.
Meanwhile, Pacquiao will face Brandon Rios on November 23 at the CotaiArena in Macau, China.
A former lightweight champ, the 26-year-old Rios (31-1-1, 23 KOs) employs controversial strength and conditioning coach Angel Hernandez.
Thankfully, considering Hernandez is in the mix, both pugilists have agreed to random drug testing by The Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA).
Granted, Pacquiao has been defeated in consecutive matches by Marquez and Bradley.
However, in actuality, Pacquiao outclassed Bradley (30-0-0-1, 12 KOs) and was battering Marquez before the juicehead landed a savage overhand right that stopped the scrap at 2:59 of the sixth round.
Rios is a brawler looking to aggressively throw fists and the Texan’s style should prove ideal for Pacquiao.
Expect Pacquiao to emerge victorious within 11 rounds over an inferior Rios this autumn.
After trumping Rios, it’s apparent the Filipino icon needs to seek an opponent not named Marquez or Floyd Mayweather.
A combination of vast skill and good fortune allowed the Mexican to finish Pacquiao.