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Marquez asking for $20 million for Pacquiao fifth fight?

Juan Manuel Marquez Manny PacquiaoBy Chris Williams: Mexican warrior wants to be paid a lot more for his fifth fight with Manny Pacquiao than he’s received in his previous fights. According to, Marquez is asking for a minimum of $20 million before he’ll agree to face the Filipino for a fifth time this September.

The last time the two fighters faced each other in December, Pacquiao had a lopsided purse in his favor with Marquez receiving $6 million to Pacquiao’s $23 million for a 76/24 split. This time, Marquez is looking for more parity between the two fighters so that they’re both being well paid.

There was $29 million to go around last time between the two fighters in guaranteed cash, but their next fight could bring even more due to the high interest in the fight.

Boxing fans want to see if Marquez can knock Pacquiao out again, and Pacquiao’s fans want to see him avenge his 6th round knockout loss that he suffered at the hands of Marquez last December.

You’ve got to figure there will be more money for the fighters to get for a fifth fight, so it’s not unreasonable to imagine that both Pacquiao and Marquez could each end up with $20 million each. They may have to limit the cash to the other people with their hands out, but I think it’s possible for Marquez to get his $20 million.

Marquez is looking to get the best deal possible because he, for the first time, is in the position to really bargain for this fight given that he knocked Pacquiao out cold last time out. If Marquez can’t get a good 50-50 deal this time then it’s probably not realistic to think they’d ever get one. He might want to walk away if Pacquiao’s promoter talks about another lopsided deal in Pacquiao’s favor.

Arum still isn’t sure whether he’ll be staging the fight outside of the United States in order dodge the higher taxes there. But that could be one way for Marquez to get his $20 million if they stage the fight in China, and then beam it over to U.S boxing fans to scoop it up. At some point Arum is going to need to think about matching Pacquiao against other fighters because you can’t show reruns year after year without letting other fighters get a shot. Besides that, Marquez might end up knocking Pacquiao out cold again and then Arum will be stuck with a fighter that is pretty much lost his last four fights, if you count Pacquiao’s highly controversial win over Marquez in 2011 as another loss.

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