Boxing has produced countless greats throughout its long history, including icons Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez.
At the height of their heyday, the two names could not be said without mentioning the other as they were sure to set instant classics the moment they stepped in the ring against each other.
Pacquiao and Marquez have met four times during their illustrious careers, with Marquez putting a hard end to their rivalry with an emphatic KO of the Filipino legend in their fourth meeting in December 2012.
However, this was not to be their last encounter.
Spanish sports outlet Marca reported that Marquez was recently in Puerto Rico to announce a partnership between himself and fellow boxing icon Miguel Cotto.
During this time, Marquez appeared on the Solpresa podcast, hosted by YouTuber Chente Ydrach, and there he revealed that a fifth fight with Pacquiao was to take place, but he declined.
“They offered $150m on the table for a fifth fight, but I said ‘no, I don’t want a fifth fight,'” Marquez said on the broadcast translated by Marca.
“[It was] the most important win of my life because we beat the best pound for pound fighter at the time.”
Marquez had every right to turn down a fifth meeting with his Filipino rivals, despite the huge purse awaiting him, as the most important thing for him at the time was to defeat Pacquiao decisively.
When they first met in May 2004, it was settled as a controversial tie as one judge scored the fight 113-113, despite the “PacMan” having a three-knockdown advantage in round one that was a 10-6 round should have been in his favor .
The second fight, in 2008, was arguably the bloodiest of their tetralogy, and it was Pacquiao who won by split decision this time – another controversial result as Marquez’s camp felt her man deserved the win, and one demanded an immediate rematch.
They would get their wish three years later in November, with Pacquiao winning the fight again, this time by majority decision, and it was again surrounded by controversy as pundits thought “El Dinamita” had won the fight.
To quell a growing sense that Pacquiao is boxing’s man of choice, the fourth fight was set for December 2012, and there Marquez would get his aforementioned revenge on Pacquiao.
Today, Marquez enjoys the fruits of his labor in his various ventures and was recently enshrined in the International Boxing Hall of Fame for his distinguished boxing resume of nine world titles in four weight classes.
https://www.ibtimes.com.au/marquez-turned-down-150-million-purse-fifth-pacquiao-fight-1837058?utm_source=Public&utm_medium=Feed&utm_campaign=Distribution Marquez turned down $150 million purse for fifth Pacquiao fight