Arum mulls super-tournament for Pacquiao, 'action fighters'
MANILA – Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is mulling a boxing super-tournament that will revolve around Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez.
With Marquez “unwilling” to fight Pacquiao, Arum is thinking of holding an event similar to Showtime’s “Super 6 World Boxing Classic.”
But instead of having six fighters, Arum’s tournament will have four: Pacquiao, Marquez, Timothy Bradley and Brandon Rios.
"I've got four guys and after the March 30 rematch between [Brandon] Rios and Mike Alvarado, they will sit down with me and we will figure this thing out," the promoter told Boxing Scene’s Ronnie Nathanielsz.
"Manny might fight Rios if he beats Alvarado, or he might fight Bradley in a rematch or Marquez in a fifth fight. I've got four attractive fighters and we'll mix and match them."
Arum said fights involving the four boxers will surely be blockbuster hits since all four guarantee explosive fights.
He even described Pacquiao and company as “action fighters.”
"They (fans) want to see action. Alvarado and Rios are action fighters. Bradley showed he's an action fighter. They don't play around. They don't dance around. They fight,” said Arum.
"That's what the public wants to see. Marquez is an action fighter. Pacquiao is an action fighter. We'll mix and match as we go on because they are the big fights that people want to see."