Arum: Pacquiao's Return Eyed For October Date in Macau

By Ronnie Nathanielsz

Although no final decision has been made on who Manny Pacquiao will fight when he makes his return to the ring after his crushing 6th round knockout by Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez last December 8, Mike " Mile High" Alvarado who won his action-packed rematch against Brandon "Bam Bam" Rios is now in the mix  among the four fighters being considered.

The 32 year old Alvarado has a record of 34-1 with 23 knockouts and fights as a light welterweight. He lost by a 7th round TKO to Rios on October 13, 2012 in what he believed was a premature stoppage but came back to win a twelve round  unanimous decision in a rematch last March 30.

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum told Standard that he was "negotiating with everybody" but disclosed that "Macau is going to do the fight" following its highly successful staging of the WBO/WBA flyweight championship fight where the Philippines Brian Viloria lost a split decision to Mexico's Juan Francisco Estrada last April 6.

Arum said he was "looking at the first or second week of October" to stage the Pacquiao fight.

Although Pacquiao has stated he wants a fifth fight with Marquez indications are that Marquez is pricing himself out of it by reportedly demanding a purse of $20 million.

WBO welterweight champion Timothy "Desert Storm" Bradley is a possible opponent and his manager Cameron Dunkin has expressed a preference for a fight against Pacquiao but Bradley apparently wants to fight Marquez with the winner likely to face Pacquiao.

However, its clear that Bradley would earn more if he fought Pacquiao who remains a major draw rather than if he faced Marquez even as it is certain that a Pacquiao-Marquez fifth fight would be a premier attraction.

Despite Pacquiao's announced desire to face Marquez there are some members of Team Pacquiao who are against it, fearing he may lose again.

Pacquiao's adviser Michael Koncz is in New York and has had meetings with Arum on the next Pacquiao fight and other issues but remained tight-lipped on the developments.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by mrpizza-nd_beer on 04-16-2013

[QUOTE=Sugar Q;13251835]And Pac will make either of them come up to 147 for the fight!!!![/QUOTE] That's to give those big boys bigger chances at knocking him out. At 140 Pac Hattonizes them.

Comment by mrpizza-nd_beer on 04-16-2013

[QUOTE=ropeadope89;13251502]A Filipino buzz? Idk. Make it a "pinoy power" PPV. Makes me laugh, (the title)(& the fact that filipinos have there own ppv event) or better yet, make it pinoy power vs Latin fury. I'd pay to see that.[/QUOTE] What…

Comment by CheckHooks'BF on 04-15-2013

[QUOTE=TheGR8TESTOAT;13251999]word i worked with this Taiwanese dude his family was loaded and owned buildings and companies all over China. he told me he was going to college/working in the US cause its way too competitive over there cause everyones smart…

Comment by TLC8 on 04-15-2013

He wanted a lefty to train for Pacquiao possibility, they provided him Gesta, and he balked asking for WAY too much money. At the time, Gesta was too big of a risky for JMM. They offered him Erik Morales even,…

Comment by jbpanama on 04-15-2013

[QUOTE=flint;13252115]Pacs chin is damaged.whoever he fights.they will knock him out.this is boxing and not a fake favoritism campaign.[/QUOTE] FLINTO you'd be an Idiot, but your I.Q. isn't High Enough!!!

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