Manny Pacquiao is likely to fight archrival Juan Manuel Marquez on November 10 and not Timothy Bradley. Pacquiao lost his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight belt to Bradley despite dominating the latter for most of the fight. Top Rank promoter Fernando Beltran in an interview with ESPN said that there would be no rematch between Pacquiao and Bradley on November. Beltran said that Manny Pacquiao vs Juan Manuel Marquez 4 instead.
He did not mentioned though whether the fourth fight would be held in Las Vegas or in Mexico, which Pacquiao preferred. A potential fourth fight between great rivals Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez may be held in Marquez’s hometown of Mexico City.
Pacquiao said “it’s all up to Bob Arum,” Top Rank chief executive who promotes Pacquiao, adding he would be “happy to fight Marquez in Mexico.”
Pacquiao and Marquez’s controversial third bout was held in Las Vegas last November, wherein Pacquiao escaped with a majority decision victory. Following that fight, a dismayed Marquez said if he does fight Pacquiao for a fourth time, it should not be held in Las Vegas. Marquez emphasized that he is unsure if a fourth bout with Pacquiao will happen in Mexico, adding he needs to talk to the Filipino boxer and his promoter about it.
“I need to see what Bob Arum says, and what Pacquiao says,” he said.
“Pacquiao wants to fight me in Mexico, and Bob Arum has said the same. I don’t know, I need to wait,” Marquez added.
Of the three Pacquiao vs Marquez bouts, the PacMan won two. After their first fight that ended in a draw (2004), Pacquiao won over the Mexican via split decision in their second match (2008). In their third meeting last year, Pacquiao won anew against Marquez, this time through a controversial majority decision.