In his four previous fights against Manny Pacquiao, Juan Manuel Marquez has always accepted the smaller percentage of the purses for those fights. In the last fight against Pacquiao two years ago, Marquez accepted a 76/24 cut of the revenue, which for him was a bump up in pay from his previous fights.
Marquez realizes what he brings to the Pacquiao fights in terms of pay-per-view buys due to his large Mexican fan base in the United States, and he wants to be paid on even terms with Pacquiao if he’s to accept the fight. According to Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach, Marquez wants $20 million to take the fight with Pacquiao later this year in November. Roach says that’s not going to happen, as he sees him worth only $10 million.
“I think he wants to go out on that high note, I really do,” Roach said to thesweetscience.com. “Can he refuse that kind of money, though? Even though he wants more, it’s still a big payday.”
When asked what he felt that was a fair amount for Marquez to receive, Roach said “Ten million.”
Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum said that Pacquiao will receive $30 million+ for his next fight in November. So if he’s going to make that kind of money and Marquez only $10 million, we’re not talking about anywhere close to a 50-50 deal between them. $20 million is possible for Marquez, but only if Pacquiao’s money comes down from the $30 million range. That’s obviously not going to happen, as he’s not going to willingly take a pay cut of $10 million in order to fight Marquez a 5th time, even though it would be the biggest money fight for Pacquiao since his 2012 fight against Marquez. Pacquiao would knocked out in the 6th round in that fight.
Marquez doesn’t really care if he fights Pacquiao or not, because he has nothing left to prove after arguably beating him 4 times previously. It’s Pacquiao, Bob Arum and Roach who have been pushing for the Pacquiao-Marquez 5th fight. They must realize that Marquez wants to be paid on even terms this time instead of him taking less to fight a guy who is taking the lion’s share of the earnings for the fight despite the fact that it’s Marquez’s fans who are purchasing the fight in large numbers on PPV.