WBC President for Life, Jose Sulaiman, has decided to hold nothing back when it comes to Juan Manuel Marquez and the fighter’s upcoming fourth bout with Manny Pacquiao– especially since he has no financial stake in the bout.
“The fourth version of Manny Pacquiao-Marquez is a fight without importance.” Sulaiman told Yahoo! Deportes. “It’s a fight without a championship at stake. It’s a fight that’s only interesting for those in the Philippines and Mexico– nobody else in the world cares. It’s a fight where the sole purpose is to fill a date, and that’s all.”
If the aged head of the World Boxing Council sounds more like a woman scorned than the head of a sanctioning body, it could be that he, indeed, feels scorned. Not long ago, Sulaiman made an attempt to put up his organization’s “Diamond” belt for the upcoming big ticket pay-per-view clash.
“I would love to [sanction the bout],” Sulaiman told El Universal newspaper last month. “It would be historic because, if Juan Manuel Marquez wins, it would be the first time a Mexican wins it and if Pacquiao wins, he’d be the first to win it two times. Also, they definitely fit the requirement that only elite fighters could compete for the belt– both are elite boxers.”