If Nacho Beristain will be the one to decide, he will not agree to the proposed fifth fight between Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao, but the veteran trainer said that he would leave the decision to his prized fighter.
Like his fighter, Beristain said that he doesn’t see any reason to stage a fifth fight, but he admitted that Pacquiao vs Marquez 5 is still very marketable. While he believes that fighting Pacquiao again will be dangerous for Marquez, the trainer said that he will respect Marquez’s decision if ever he accepts the offer.
In an interview with BoxingScene.com, Beristain said: “There is still a lot of interest in a fight between Juan Manuel and Pacquiao. I’m the one who does not want it for Marquez. It would be a dangerous fight. I have an obligation, as the person in charge of the corner, to look out for my fighter. People think their rivalry burned itself out, but there is still a lot of interest.”
“I have always believed that the fighter is the only one who has the right to decide what he wants to do. If he continues in boxing or decides to retire, I have to keep supporting him because he has been with me for 14 years. I will accept whatever he wants to do with great pleasure.”
Ronnie Nathanielz of the Manila Standard Today also reported that Top Rank boss Bob Arum will have a meeting with Marquez on Wednesday to discuss possible details about the proposed fifth fight between the two bitter rivals.
Arum said that he will figure out a deal with Marquez and added that the fight will not necessarily be held outside of the United States, which is one of the requests of Pacquiao’s camp due to huge tax in US.
Arum said: “We’ll run the numbers. In other words, we have to take everything into account and see where the most money is for everybody. It’s obvious more money will be made fighting in the US.”
Marquez previously hinted that he is leaning towards facing Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios instead of Pacquiao, but experts believe that it was just one of Marquez’s stunts to receive a higher purse before agreeing to fight the former eighth-division champion again.