Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez shared one of the most heated rivalries in boxing history. Pacquiao beat Marquez twice and one bout ended in a controversial draw, rounding off the trilogy.
However, the rivalry wasn't settled until they collided for the fourth time in 2012. Marquez knocked out ‘Pac-Man’ in highlight-reel fashion in Las Vegas, earning himself a career-defining moment.
That said, he was reportedly offered a fifth fight against Manny Pacquiao, which the Mexican claims to have rejected, saying:
"They offered on the table $150 million for a fifth fight, but I said, 'No, I don't want a fifth fight. Better the pride, the dignity, the love for the sport', and the most important victory of my life, because we had beaten the best pound-for-pound fighter at that time."
Watch glimpses of Pacquiao vs Marquez 2 below:
48-year-old Marquez retired from pro-boxing in 2014 with a record of 56-7 (40 knockouts). Meanwhile, Pacquiao continued his stint until 2021. At aged 42, the Filipino retired after a failed attempt at the WBA welterweight title against Yordenis Ugas.
Octuple world champion Pacquiao is still interested in entering the boxing ring. He is currently in talks to fight a Korean YouTuber in an exhibition. Hence, a fifth collision with Marquez could have also been possible.
While Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson returned to action in their dotage, 48-year-old Marquez might reconsider his thoughts of hanging up his boxing gloves.
Manny Pacquiao is set for the second innings of his career
After a glittery boxing journey, Pacquiao devoted himself to the political duties of his country. Already a Senator, he ran for the most recent presidential election in the Philippines. However, ‘Pac-Man’ didn't win the race and is now back in the boxing sphere.
He was also rumored to go up against Floyd Mayweather in a charitable basketball game last year. It was reported that the collision could happen as a boxing rematch or an exhibition fight.