Former WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao is now more interested in a fourth fight with arch-rival Juan Manuel Marquez in November which Pacquiao wants it to happen in Mexico. ESPN Deportesâ€™ â€śGolpe A Golpe,â€ť Manny Pacquiao said his preference is to fight Juan Manuel Marquez, who has previously fought Pacquiao in three very close thrillers that were very close and controversial.
Pacquiao said â€śitâ€™s all up to Bob Arum,â€ť Top Rank chief executive who promotes Pacquiao, adding he would be â€śhappy to fight Marquez in Mexico.â€ť
Marquez grinned approvingly at the prospect of getting his wish for a final fight with Pacquiao before he finally hung his gloves. During the interview, Pacquiao asked Marquez, boxing analyst for the popular boxing program, what he thought of Saturday nightâ€™s title fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, in which Pacquiao was dethroned by the unbeaten American challenger in a stunning split decision.
â€śYou won, you won by four [rounds],â€ť Marquez said in Spanish.
Arum said that Pacquiao vs Marquez 4 in Mexico â€śis a great idea.â€ť Asked by this writer if a Pacquiao-Bradley rematch as stipulated in the fight contract is still a priority for him, Arum flatly said â€śHeck, No!â€ť
Bob Arum said it would be tough selling that rematch because boxing fans were outraged by the split decision verdict by the judges in a fight that Pacquiao â€śclearly won.â€ť Holding the fight in Mexico, where both Pacquiao and Marquez have very strong following would be a promoterâ€™s dream, Arum said.
According to the Mexican media, some 37 millionâ€”at third of Mexicoâ€™s total populationâ€”watched the third Pacquiao-Marquez encounter on television last November. Boxing commentators predicted that it would be easy for a fourth fight to fill a huge soccer field which can accommodate tens of thousands in Mexico City.