Pacquiao asks DOT for P3 billion to stage fifth Marquez fight
Manny Pacquiao is looking for a financial boost of P3 billion ($60m) in order to stage a fifth meeting with arch-rival Juan Manuel Marquez at the back end of 2017.
Despite promoter Bob Arum laying the foundations of a four-fight plan culminating in a massive US clash with Terence Crawford in November or December, it seems Pacquiao has his own blueprint in place.
The 38 year-old Senator has turned to his friends at the government in a bid to secure funding to bring his Mexican nemesis to the Philippines as Pacquiao seeks a revenge mission following his devastating knockout in 2012.
“I plan to rematch with (Juan Manuel) Marquez and I am looking to take the fight to the Philippines,” Pacquiao said in an interview with Freddie Webb and Boyet Sison on DZMM’s “Fast Break” radio show.
“It will be good because if we fought again for the Filipino fans. We are planning for the last quarter of the year here in the Philippines,” he added.
Inactive veteran Marquez, 43, hasn’t fought since 2014, but had been linked to an encounter with Miguel Cotto until the Puerto Rican decided to face James Kirkland.
A clash with Cotto still seems possible for the summer, plus Marquez has always dismissed the notion of another meeting with Pacquiao following two questionable scorecard decisions prior to his only victory of the previous four meetings.
Pacquiao would have to offer a substantial sum, possibly seven figures to Marquez, hence his request to the Department of Tourism which is still being considered.