After reports surfaced in the media this week quoting Marquez as vehemently stating that there is no point in the fight going ahead, Sternburg is of the belief that the WBO 140lb champion may be persuaded have a change of heart.
“I am sure Bob Arum has read these comments (by Marquez), but Pacquiao v Marquez V is too huge, both financially and as an event,” Sternberg told World Boxing News.
Rumours, and there are always plenty of those surrounding fights of this magnitude, are suggesting that Marquez, 39, is holding out for a larger share of another potential clash on the back of his biggest career win against Pacquiao in December.
The spectacular sixth round knockout victory by ‘Dinamita’ should guarantee his a 50-50 split of the purse in many people’s book, although the ‘Pacman’ may argue that he is still the marquee name of the two.
Whether both sides can agree on the monetary aspect should come second to the fans desire to see the two fighter’s share a ring again, especially after witnessing one of the greatest rounds of recent times when the two legends slugged it out in the fifth round at the MGM Grand.
The boxing fraternity have already been robbed of one massive battle as Mayweather v Pacquiao continues to elude a conclusion and Top Rank now have to pull out all the stops to make sure the fifth fight doesn’t go down the same road.