Marquez ready to give Pacquiao revenge opportunity

Juan Manuel Marquez is set to prolong his career for another fight after representative Fernando Beltran admitted that the Mexican would agree to a fifth instalment with nemesis Manny Pacquiao.

Beltran, speaking with ESPN Deportes, confirmed that Marquez is on the lookout for an opponent for what would be his 63rd professional outing and that Pacquiao is being considered as the most high-profile option.

“Logically, we will find what’s most lucrative for him (Marquez), in order to be an important fight,” Beltran told Alfredo Berrios.

“Juan Manuel Marquez and myself are gentlemen and we know that Pacquiao gave us an opportunity, and he didn’t have to, and most probably we will give it to him.”

Pacquiao, 34, has been shrouded in a cloud of uncertainty since his horrendous sixth round knockout defeat to Marquez in December – with brain tests and disruptions in his entourage overshadowing his attempts to take stock of his career.

The eight-weight champion has indicated his willingness to get back in the ring as soon as possible, although promoter Bob Arum has targeted a September return with Marquez after their Fight of the Year battle at the MGM Grand last month.

The Congressman now holds a 2-1-1 advantage in the series with the current WBO light-welterweight champion – meaning a fifth clash later this year would give ‘Dinamita’ the opportunity to end their enthralling saga all square at two wins apiece.