Arum: Pacquiao to get less than Marquez in 5th bout
MANILA – Boxing promoter Bob Arum said Mexico’s Juan Manuel Marquez will get the bigger piece of the pie if he signs up to fight Manny Pacquiao again.
Marquez won over the Filipino superstar the last time they fought so it’s just logical that the Mexican gets the bigger share in their next bout, said the Top Rank CEO.
“He won the last time so he is entitled to get more,” Arum told Manila Bulletin’s Nick Giongco.
The 82-year-old promoter flew to Mexico to meet the Mexican boxer.
They discussed the prospect of staging a fifth installment of Marquez’s ring rivalry with Pacquiao.
Marquez is reportedly amenable to battle Pacquiao again, contrary to his earlier pronouncements.
Arum said the Mexican is willing to fight the Filipino, provided that he’ll get a substantial raise in his fight purse.
Marquez received a guaranteed $6 million for his recent clash with Pacquiao last December.
Pacquiao, who succumbed to a sixth-round knockout, was guaranteed $25 million for that fight.
Both fighters mapped out plans to return to the ring in September.
Arum said he’ll start working out on the details before he starts presenting offers to both camps.
“Marquez told me that he wants everything settled by April,” he said.
Arum earlier said Pacquiao-Marquez V could turn out to be one of the most lucrative fights in boxing history, following Marquez’s stunning knockout win over Pacquiao.
“No. 5 is now the biggest fight in boxing, bigger than Pacquiao-Mayweather,” he said.