Pacman-Marquez still possible
World Boxing Organization president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel believes a fifth fight between eight-division world champion and Fighter of the Decade Manny Pacquuao and Juan Manuel Marquez is still possible, even though both the Mexican and his trainer Nacho Beristain claimed that a fifth fight doesn’t make sense to them.
Marquez, who scored a sixth-round knockout victory over Pacquiao last Dec. 8, turned down an offer of $13 million by the Filipino to fight him for a fifth time. The Mexican instead chose to fight WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley for much less money.
Valcarcel, who is in Budapest, Hungary presiding over the WBO Convention, was quoted by boxingscene.com as saying: “If Marquez and Pacquiao both win, WBO regulations would view the Filipino as the mandatory challenger to Marquez.”
Pacquiao will face former world champion Brandon Rios for the WBO International title in Macau on Nov. 24, while Marquez will attempt to capture the WBO welterweight title from Bradley at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas on Oct. 13 (Manila Time.)
“If both win, the fight between them would be ready. But of course, the fighters have the last word,” Valcarcel said.
Meantime, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum said the response to the Pacquiao-Rios fight was excellent and that there was “tremendous interest and everybody is happy with most seats already sold out.”
Arum also said that although three-division world champion Vic Darchinyan has made it clear he won’t agree to a rematch with four-division world champion Nonito Donaire at 126 pounds, he is confident that in the end, the Australian will.
Donaire said he can’t make the super bantamweight limit, where he was WBO and Ring Magazine champion, and was moving up to featherweight since his close friend Mikey Garcia had relinquished his WBO featherweight crown and was moving up to junior lightweight after both fighters said they would never face each other.
Arum told the Manila Standard that despite Darchinyan’s statements that he wouldn’t fight at 126 and would maybe agree to a catch-weight of 124 pounds, the Australian was “fussing around” and would agree to a Nov. 9 showdown.
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