Pacquiao flies to US to finalize Marquez fight
MANILA, Philippines – Fighting congressman Manny Pacquiao has booked a flight to the US to iron out the final details of his impending fourth face-off against Juan Manuel Marquez.
According to his confidant, local boxing promoter Rex “Wakee” Salud, the Filipino boxer is set to fly to the US on Friday to meet Top Rank executive Bob Arum.
“Aalis siya bukas ng gabi,” Salud said in an interview in ANC’s Top Story. “Pagtungo siya doon para pag-usapan yan (Marquez fight).”
Salud said the reason Pacquiao is leaning on another ring tussle with Marquez is the pay-per-view factor, noting that the Filipino’s fight against Timothy Bradley had fewer pay-per-view buys compared to the Marquez bouts.
“Kasi ang laban nila ni Marquez [last November] ang pay-per-view nila ay umabot ng 1.4 [million],” said Salud.
Aside from Bradley’s lack of marketability, Salud said the American boxer is likely to demand a higher purse now that he won the World Boxing Organization welterweight title.
In his split decision victory against Pacquiao last June, Bradley received a guaranteed purse $5 million.
“E nag-champion siya kay Manny, kung hihingi siya, doble na 'yon,” said Salud.
Fight fans would like to see another Pacquiao-Marquez fight and this could hike the Filipino’s earnings, said Salud.
Salud, however, admitted that there’s a downside in accepting the Marquez bout.
“Kung matalo siya kay Marquez, ‘yung [Floyd] Mayweather fight wala na. 'Yun ang fight na gusto ng mga tao,” he said.