Arum: Pacquiao-Marquez IV possible
MANILA, Philippines – A fourth match between rivals Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines and Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico may happen later this year, according to Top Rank chief executive Bob Arum.
Pacquiao is coming off a disputed split decision loss to unbeaten American Timothy Bradley Jr. and can opt to face him in a rematch on November 10.
But according to Arum, a fourth meeting between Pacquiao and Marquez is also possible.
"We have to see what’s the more lucrative fight to do," the promoter told RingTV. "Manny has to see that as a choice."
"He fought a very close, controversial fight with Marquez that some people felt Marquez won. He fought a fight with Bradley that nobody thought he lost, other than the two judges," he added.
Last November, Pacquiao battled Marquez for the third time and escaped with a majority decision victory, although he struggled again as Marquez used his counterpunching to great effect.
The Filipino icon returned to the ring last Saturday and looked dominant against Bradley, but shockingly lost his World Boxing Organization welterweight belt to the American.
If Pacquiao chooses to face Marquez for the fourth time, the bout will also be held on November 10.
"We have to convince the public that the (Pacquiao-Bradley) rematch will be somewhat different. Which is an easier sell?" Arum said.
Arum has requested the Attorney General of Nevada to investigate the circumstances of the Pacquiao-Bradley match, especially the scoring of the three judges.
Two judges -- CJ Ross and Duane Ford -- gave the bout to Bradley 115-113. Jerry Roth had the same score in Pacquiao’s favor.
Majority of the boxing media had Pacquiao winning by a wide margin.
"I speak the truth. I think that Tim Bradley is a lovely young man who tried very hard, but Bradley lost that fight. Period,"” Arum said.
"I'm not going to say anything in a situation like this to cater to (Bradley’s manager) Cameron Dunkin, or to cater to Tim Bradley. They’re lovely, nice people and I applaud them," he added.
"But Pacquiao won this fight, and he won it easily. Period. End of the story."
Marquez, who has fought three very close bouts with Pacquiao, has said he is willing to face Bradley if the American defeats Pacquiao in their rematch.
"We will wait and see what happens in the rematch... If Bradley wins, then why not have a fight between him and myself at welterweight?" Marquez said.
Arum, however, has put a Pacquiao-Bradley rematch on hold until a full investigation into their first bout has been completed.