Juan Manuel Marquez Net Worth: Smaller Payout Adds Fuel to Fight vs. Pac-Man

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIDecember 7, 2012

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 17:  (L-R) Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez stand onstage to face the media cameras during the Manny Pacquiao v Juan Manuel Marquez - Press Conference at Beverly Hills Hotel on September 17, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
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Although both boxers are definitely well off on their previous three fights alone, Juan Manuel Marquez's small payout in a marquee fourth showdown with rival Manny Pacquiao is just another reason for Dinamita to feel slighted.

While he isn't exactly light in the wallet, it should only add to the motivation fueling Marquez to finally notch an official victory against the man he feels he's beaten three times already.

Marquez's net worth is an estimated $20 million, according to CelebrityNetWorth.com, while the same site indicates that Pacquiao is worth a whopping $85 million.

The controversial decisions in the previous three encounters with Pacquiao have left Marquez with one draw in the first matchup and two losses thereafter. But with Pac-Man contracted at $8.6 million for Saturday's showdown in Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena and Marquez making just $3 million (h/t International Business Times), it's hard not to blame him for getting upset at the wide gap in those numbers.

Pacquiao's total payout could be as much as $30 million based on pay-per-view numbers, while as much as $10 million could be awarded to Marquez, according to Chris Williams of Boxing News 24.

That's a 3-1 ratio and a pretty significant gap for two fighters who are supposedly the biggest rivals in modern boxing and have had three hotly contested meetings prior to the possible finale on Saturday.

Both fighters have plenty to prove. Marquez must finally convince the judges that he is a worthy victor over Pacquiao, as well as outrun the allegations leveled at him of performance-enhancing drugs.

On the other side, Pac-Man has to show he truly is a changed man from his religious awakening but can still fight, and he has to put to rest the notion that his other activities outside the ring will not affect his boxing style negatively.

But for Marquez—someone who feels like all odds are against him—the massive financial gap between he and Pacquiao for this fight can only add to the huge chip on his shoulder. It shouldn't be about the money, but that only adds incentive for Marquez to knock Pac-Man out.

Now there's more to prove: that he is as hot of a commodity as there is in the boxing world, and that he can take down whom is arguably the sport's biggest name.

Playing spoiler and thwarting a potential Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather matchup—which would have felonious amounts of money surrounding it—may be just what Marquez needs to get the respect he deserves.

It would not only deny his respected rival another massive payday, but it would also earn him a significant amount of extra coin—and possibly set up Pac-Man for a redemptive fifth fight against Dinamita with more of his legacy at stake.