Mexico City’s Juan Manuel Marquez (Photo: Chris Robinson – www.HustleBoss.com)
By Chris Robinson
As noted in our previous post, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum is pleased with all aspects of the April 12 rematch between WBO welterweight titlist Tim Bradley and eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao.
What I also personally find interesting about the fight is just how much attention Juan Manuel Marquez will be giving to the match.
According to Arum, the Mexico City legend has expressed interest in facing the Pacquiao-Bradley II winner in an effort to land himself a belt in a fifth weight class.
“There seems no reason for him to fight [Ruslan] Provodnikov,” Arum said, referencing the Russian star who had called out Marquez.
“Marquez really wants only one thing before he retires,” Arum continued. “He wants to win that title. And he has indicated to us that he would be very available to fight the winner of Pacquiao and Bradley in the fall.”
Marquez lost a split-decision to Bradley this past October and ten months prior he scored his lone victory over Pacquiao with a devastating sixth round knockout in their fourth encounter.
Marquez had vehemently opposed a fifth meeting with Pacquiao in the past but now seems to have a different mindset.
“That is correct, so he’s obviously changed his tune,” Arum stated. “He doesn’t want to face Pacquiao again if Pacquiao is not successful with Bradley. But if Pacquiao is successful with Bradley, he has stated that he wants to face Pacquiao.”
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