Arum on Pacquiao's Next Fight, Marquez, Bradley, More

By Ronnie Nathanielsz

The focus is now quickly shifting to a fouth showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez for November 10th. Despite Timothy Bradley winning a controversial twelve round split decision over Pacquiao last Saturday in Las Vegas, the rematch doesn't appear to be in Top Rank's plans until 2013.

Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum told Standard “there can’t be a rematch (with Bradley). Its very, very hard to sell a rematch because it was a one-sided fight.”

Arum said they are looking at a possible fight against Juan Manuel Marquez in November but that he would discuss the possibility when Pacquiao returns to Los Angeles next week after attending to the needs of the people of Sarangani  who were hard hit by rampaging flood waters earlier this week.

The astute promoter noted that Pacquiao "fought a very close, controversial fight with Marquez that some people felt Marquez won. He fought a fight with Bradley that nobody thought he lost, other than the two judges," whom he had condemned as “blind nice.”

Arum said “I can’t make any plans for Manny until I meet with him when he comes back. I will meet with him and we’ll decide (about staging the fight) either in the United States or Mexico or some place else. We’ll sit down and have an intelligent discussion.”

Arum admitted that promoting a Pacquiao-Marquez fight in Mexico is going to cost a lot of money and that big-time Mexican promoter Fernando Beltran told him “somebody’s got to help out in Mexico to come up with the dollars not the pesos.”

Arum has himself requested the Nevada State Attorney General to conduct an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the fight and even asked that his views be taken.

Meantime as Pacquiao continues to appeal to his supporters not just in the Philippines but around the world to calm down and accept the decision, he flew to his home province of Sarangani which he represents in Congress to help in the relief and rehabilitation efforts for thousands who were badly affected by rampaging flood waters.

Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz said the “Fighter of the Decade” would return to Los Angeles and join his wife Jinkee and their four children in a vacation after attending to the needs of the people of Sarangani  where he is expected to run for governor in next year’s elections.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by kombayn on 06-19-2012

[QUOTE=shade darkar;12253832]fcuk off arum. your a joke. pac vs mayweather or i wont be buying it.[/QUOTE] [QUOTE=D4thincarnation;12253788]Marquez vs Pacquiao IV that the fight that has to be made. Mayweather doesn't want it. Bradley already been beating convincingly. Marquez is unfinished…

Comment by loui_ludwig on 06-19-2012

Don't want to see a rematch with Bradley and don't want to see a 4th fight with JMM. You can say that its an official loss to Bradley but Pac dominated Tim, beat him convincingly. Whether you have Pac or…

Comment by spoonwars on 06-18-2012

[QUOTE=mrjoeblive;12253672]in other words, no mayweather fight. bob arum only wants to do in-house fights for pac amd all he cares about is how much money he is going to make. not giving his fighters a fair share of the money.…

Comment by tebeau on 06-18-2012

the only people who'd pay for Pacquiao vs Bradley II are 1.) Casual fans who want to see Bradley getting KTFO (which is unlikely), and 2.) Filipinos Not trying to be racist or anything, but it's reality.

Comment by coolka on 06-18-2012

[QUOTE=banchy04;12256086]yeah, yeah. he could not knock marquez out and he could not knock bradley out. he's overrated. he wins against dehydrated and out of their prime boxers. mayweather will shine against pac. mayweather is in another level my friend.[/QUOTE] ....its…

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