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Arum Has Plenty of Options For Pacquiao and Marquez

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK — Bob Arum seemingly has become more comfortable with the thought of Juan Manuel Marquez facing someone other than Manny Pacquiao in his next fight.

Marquez remains committed to the stance that he doesn’t want to oppose Pacquiao for the fifth time because he won their fourth fight so convincingly Dec. 8 in Las Vegas, where he knocked Pacquiao unconscious with a right hand in the sixth round.

The Mexican legend’s dilemma, of course, is that he would earn much more for Marquez-Pacquiao V than for any other fight. The four-division champion is 39, too, and would weaken his bargaining position if he loses to another fighter before agreeing to box Pacquiao again.

“That is up to Juan Manuel Marquez,” Arum said after a press conference Wednesday to promote the Nonito Donaire-Guillermo Rigondeaux 122-pound championship unification fight Saturday night at Radio City Music Hall. “He’s an extraordinarily intelligent man. He knows where he’s coming from and he has to make a decision for his career that suits him.

“It’s not like [he is] some dumb-ass guy. He has a degree in accounting. He understands things, so if he decides he doesn’t want to fight Pacquiao, there are plenty of guys for Pacquiao to fight and then there’s other guys for Marquez to fight.”

The always-colorful, Hall-of-Fame promoter was playfully reminded that anyone with an accounting degree should know to pick Pacquiao. Arum indicated, though, that Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KOs) just might be serious about boxing someone else, and not just holding out for more money to give Pacquiao a shot at redemption.

“Sometimes money is not the be-all and end-all, even though it’s a professional sport,” said Arum, whose company, Top Rank Inc., promotes Pacquiao and Marquez. “He’s not dumb. He knows he can make the most money fighting Pacquiao, but he may feel that he wants to fight somebody else and the Pacquiao fight will always be there.”

Regardless, Arum added that Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs) will return in “September or October” and that his next fight will take place in “Macau or Singapore.” Arum mentioned Timothy Bradley (30-0, 12 KOs, 1 NC), who “beat” Pacquiao by a widely disputed split decision 10 months ago in Las Vegas, and Mike Alvarado (34-1, 23 KOs) as potential Pacquiao opponents if a fifth Marquez meeting doesn’t materialize.

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by SceneSpectator! on 04-11-2013

JMM wins with Pac no matter how it was convincing remains an open wins, and it did not cement to closure their rivalries with Pac. Another decisive win for him against Pac will do, but the question is, can he…

Comment by AnKhang on 04-11-2013

[QUOTE=PAC-BOY;13233527]Pacquiao should rematch Bradley and beat his ass up again. Then Fight JMM and beat him up real bad. And when its all said in done...we can listen to more reasons why Floyd wont fight him. It would be a…

Comment by Capncrunch on 04-11-2013

So long as TR can move Brandon and Mike to 147 there is a plethora of excellent bouts to be made. Manny, Juan, Ruslan, Tim, Mike, Brandon, even Mike Jones despite the slip up (fighters lose) Would be great HBO…

Comment by CheckHooks'BF on 04-11-2013

[QUOTE=mesher;13234392]Pac should fight Alvarado, people forget he just got KO'd so taking a lesser opponent might be the best option. We need to see how he responds to getting hit now and Mike deserves that pay day. JMM has a…

Comment by Prime 407 on 04-11-2013

Pac should fight Alvarado, people forget he just got KO'd so taking a lesser opponent might be the best option. We need to see how he responds to getting hit now and Mike deserves that pay day. JMM has a…

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