Thursday, January 5, 2012

Pacquiao 4th bout vs Marquez is almost set

Manny Pacquiao is in talks for a 4th fight against Juan Manuel Marquez. Head of Top Rank Bob Arum is scheduled to fly to the Philippines to discuss Pacquiao’s options. Pacquiao said during the interview that Bob and him will decide on what’s best, to make sure that they're not at the losing end, he said, when asked about the rematch with his Mexican nemesis. Meanwhile Juan Manuel Marquez said he will be willing to fight Manny Pacquiao for a fourth time on May 5, 2012. Pacquiao and Marquez's three fights have ended in controversy. Their last bout was held last November
12 was a majority decision victory in favor for Pacquiao, yet many boxing observers felt Marquez was the rightful winner.

Their first 2 fights were also controversial. In 2004, Marquez fought to a controversial draw despite suffering 3 first-round knockdowns to Pacquiao. The Mexican suffered another knockdown and lost via split-decision to the Filipino during a closely fought rematch in 2008. Juan Manuel Marquez added that if a fourth fight between Pacquiao does materialize, he hopes that it will not be held in Las Vegas, where he feels judges and officials are biased in the Filipino's favor.

Other matter that Bob Arum will also discuss are other options for Pacquiao. Marquez is just 1 of the 4 possible opponents for Pacquiao. Other boxers on the short list are Timothy Bradley, Lamont Peterson, and Miguel Cotto.

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