Juan Manuel Marquez shape keeps Manny Pacquiao on alert for fifth fight

Manny Pacquiao remains on the alert for a possible fifth fight with Juan Manuel Marquez as the Mexican is in excellent form.

During the pandemic, his team showed for the first time the video of the eight-weight champion of his archenemy, Márquez. At the time, Pacquiao was still an active fighter.

But now that he’s retired, Pacquiao is again linked to a battle with Marquez and old foe Floyd Mayweather on the exhibition circuit.

Juan Manuel Marquez

Marquez posted through his Instagram account at age 46. He looked in tremendous shape for a man his age. Two years later, he filmed “Dynamite” advising another fighter.

With all the current events surrounding boxing comebacks, it wouldn’t be a long shot to predict that Marquez could be one of them.

He looks fantastic, and Manny Pacquiao will no doubt pick up the phone to offer the Mexican more money.

Pacquiao is still smarting from his sensational 2012 knockout at the hands of Marquez. Since then, massive offers have been made to lure the four-weight king into a fifth fight.

Of the previous three bouts before the KO, Marquez was unhappy with the outcome of at least two and shook his head in the third.

During the latter part of his career, Marquez was only interested in one thing. That was earning what he deserved in the Pacquiao saga.

The fourth installment had delivered that for JMM. Since then, he has resisted all attempts to lure him back for one more.

Manny Pacquiao fight

Speaking of Pacquiao in the past, Marquez never seemed to entertain the idea.

“Insist, persist, resist and never give up,” he said in an offering. “No challenge, no victory,” in another.

The last thing Marquez said about a possible return to action was: “Never let your guard down.

“The time will come when you will know when to counterattack!”

Potentially a cryptic clue to his future, as the next thing to be released into the public domain was a video.

It will interest Pacquiao, who has never stopped wanting another chance to do what Marquez did to him.

Pacquiao vs Marquez V

Fans would certainly buy it, even with both men in their forties. Pay-Per-View sales would be sold among fight fans of the two legends.

Whether Pacquiao vs. Marquez V ever happens is another story. We may have to wait until 2023 to even contemplate it. Pacquiao has the exhibition of him against a combat youtuber in December.

For now, Marquez is enjoying his workouts and staying ready for anything as Pacquiao reportedly ponders a final fight.

If it’s not Conor McGregor or Mayweather, Marquez could make a lot of money if he listens to what the ‘Pacman’ has to say.

Pacquiao still yearns for revenge. It’s no secret that he would take the fight any way he could get it, even an exhibition.

The views expressed in this article are the views of Phil Jay.

WBN editor Phil has over ten years of boxing news experience. He follows WBN on Facebook @officialworldboxingnews and Twitter @worldboxingnews.

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