Arum: Pacquiao vs Marquez still easier sell
Promoter says he can't stop Marquez from retiring
MANILA, Philippines – Boxing promoter Bob Arum thinks the Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez rivalry remains an easier sell compared to the Mexican fighter's upcoming welterweight clash against WBO champion Timothy Bradley.
He said Pacquiao's close battles with Marquez and the shocking end of their fourth fight make the rivalry an intriguing match-up.
“A fight with Pacquiao is much easier to market,” said Arum in Boxing News.
However, Arum admitted he can't stop Marquez from chasing history.
Marquez wants to become the first Mexican 5-division champion, which is why he picked a fight against Bradley.
“He wanted Bradley because Bradley had the title that he won from Pacquiao. Like Mexicans they want to go into history and he’d be the first Mexican to fight for world titles legitimately in five different weight divisions. Now for me that doesn’t mean anything but for him it means a lot apparently,” Arum said.
The promoter also said he isn't sure if there will be a fifth face-off between Pacquiao and Marquez.
Arum said the 40-year-old Marquez seems to be content with the earnings he had through his years as a professional boxer.
“Unlike a lot of fighters, Marquez, who has an accounting degree, has been very clever, and I mean that in a good sense, with his money. He might say enough is enough and walk away and never fight again," Arum said.