By Rick Reeno
Two weeks ago, Golden Boy Promotions received written notification that Top Rank had made an official offer to Juan Manuel Marquez for a fall trilogy meeting with Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao. According to reports coming out of Mexico, the terms include an unconfirmed guarantee of $5 million dollars and a percentage of the pay-per-view revenue.
Although Marquez is technically a promotional free agent, Golden Boy has the ability to match any competitive offer until February 2012.
But, does Golden Boy have a potential fight up their sleeve which offers Marquez a competative financial package in line with the Pacquiao offer?
The answer to the question is "yes" - according to Golden Boy Promotions CEO, Richard Schaefer.
"Juan Manuel knows that prior to him entering into any agreement, he has to come to us and we have the right to match. He has not approached us yet with any such request to match," Schaefer told BoxingScene.com
Schaefer advised BoxingScene that his company does have a very lucrative fight in mind for Marquez (52-5-1, 38KOs) - and that fight would come against unbeaten Mexican superstar Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (36-0-1, 26KOs).
For those who need a refresher, Alvarez and Marquez were involved in a televised argument back in February. The heated exchange took place during a nationally televised program in Mexico. Alvarez became offended when Marquez began to criticize the young boxer's ability to fight for a vacant WBC title against unranked Matthew Hatton.
Marquez felt Alvarez did absolutely nothing to deserve his title opportunity, and called the fight with Hatton "a joke." Alvarez became irritated to the point of challenging Marquez to a fight. Even Marquez's trainer/manager, Nacho Beristain, became involved by blasting WBC President Jose Sulaiman for sanctioning Alvarez-Hatton.
And when Alvarez failed to make the contracted catch-weight for the fight with Hatton, Marquez ripped the young boxer on Mexican television.
"It shows you that he doesn't have what it takes to be a champion. I mean how can you fail to make the contracted weight that you imposed on your opponent, and doing it in your first world title shot is unbelievable," Marquez told reporters in March.
With Marquez fighting at 135-pounds, and Alvarez campaigning at 154, there would have to be a reasonable catch-weight involved. According to Schaefer, Alvarez is willing, and capable, of squeezing down to 147-pounds for a potential showdown with Marquez. Alvarez is scheduled to make the first defense of his WBC title on June 18 against mandatory challenger Ryan Rhodes.
"[Alvarez-Marquez] would be a very colorful promotion," Schaefer laughed. "It sounds like, based on interviews that I've read - both from Juan Manuel and Nacho Beristain - that they are perfectly happy to fight at 147-pounds. Canelo said he would do 147. Canelo is actually going to start working out and training in Big Bear, and he'll have a full nutritional staff and so on. So for Canelo, if he needs to make 147 - it's no problem to make 147."