Juan Manuel Marquez swears that he doesn't owe Manny Pacquiao anything.
Stung by accusations that he is running away from a fifth fight with his fierce Filipino foe, Marquez told Record, the leading Mexican sports paper, that it was Pacquiao who badly wanted the fourth fight that Marquez won in stunning fashion at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
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Hounded by the controversial outcome of their first three matches, Pacquiao wanted to do the fourth bout because he had a burning desire to score a clear-cut victory.
"When he gave me the opportunity (in the fourth fight), he actually gave himself the chance (to settle the issue)," said the 39-year-old Marquez, whose statements caused a stir among diehard Pacquiao fans.
Marquez said he doesn't see a reason why a fifth fight should be made especially that he had proven who is the better man with his one-punch sixth-round knockout.
Besides, Marquez believes that fight fans are no longer keen on seeing him square off with the 34-year-old Pacquiao in a proposed showdown in September, stressing that his followers would rather see him meet somebody else.
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum and Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach shrugged off Marquez's rants, implying that he just wants more money.
Pacquiao got $23 million, while Marquez received $6 million in the fourth fight that generated 1.2 million pay-per-view subscriptions.
Marquez stands to become the highest-paid Mexican boxer ever in the event a fifth fight takes place since he won't certainly agree to get a mere $10 million.
Julio Cesar Chavez remains as the highest-paid Mexican fighter in history, pocketing over $9 million when he fought and lost to Oscar De La Hoya in 1996.