Nacho thumbs down 'Pacquiao-Marquez 5'
MANILA, Philippines – Veteran boxing trainer Nacho Beristain expressed disapproval over recent talks of a possible fifth clash between his pupil Juan Manuel Marquez and Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao.
Marquez earlier hinted that he is amenable to another rematch with Pacquiao as long as the WBO welterweight title is at stake.
But Beristain said Marquez can go after welterweight titles from other sanctioning bodies.
“What Juan Manuel wants more than anything is this [fifth] championship [at welterweight], and that's why the name of Pacquiao is once again [being discussed]. But I believe that if he gets past [Mike Alvarado], Juan Manuel can fight for [a world title from] another sanctioning body,” the 74-year-old boxing coach told Boxing Scene.
Boxing promoter Bob Arum said that whoever wins the Marquez-Alvarado bout will face the victor of the Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley rematch, making the fifth encounter between the Filipino dynamo and the Mexican counterpuncher feasible.
Pacquiao has been going after Marquez following his shocking knockout loss to the Mexican in 2012.
Marquez repeatedly declined despite being offered a hefty fight purse. But the Mexican later relented after the rematch between Bradley and Pacquiao was set. Marquez wanted to get the WBO title which he claimed to be rightfully his.
Beristain, however, sees no point in rebooting the Pacquiao-Marquez bout.
“There is no reason for him to face Pacquiao again, who he already conquered with that tremendous knockout," he said.