Arum: Marquez vs Bradley possible
MANILA, Philippines – Top Rank chief executive officer Bob Arum confirmed that a bout between Mexican boxer Juan Manuel Marquez and unbeaten American Timothy Bradley Jr. is possible, depending on the eventual decision of Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao.
Pacquiao is still currently without a fight date or an opponent, as the Filipino boxer is choosing from a return date of November 10 or December 1.
He is considering rematches against Bradley, Marquez, and Puerto Rican fighter Miguel Cotto.
Speaking with RingTV, Arum said that if Pacquiao chooses to face Cotto in a rematch, a Bradley-Marquez showdown is possible.
"If it's Cotto and Pacquiao, then Bradley and Marquez will fight each other. That is correct. That's not wrong,"Arum said. "That's logical, and the fighters have agreed to that."
Top Rank has already reserved the MGM Grand for a November 10 event, and RingTV speculates that a Marquez-Bradley bout will "make the most sense" in terms of headlining the pay-per-view.
Arum said Pacquiao "will make a decision by the end of the week."
But Arum warned that there are several issues to be solved regarding a Pacquiao-Cotto rematch.
"The question is, Manny is not reluctant to fight Cotto, but Cotto may be reluctant to fight Manny," he said. "That's what we’ll have to see."
"The Cotto people will get back to me tomorrow or Friday," he added.
Cotto has not fought below 150-pounds since losing to Pacquiao in 2009, while the Filipino champion is reluctant to fight above 147-pounds.