Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez Continue to Posture, Dismiss Each Other

| by Alex Groberman
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Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez will fight each other this September, but that hasn’t stopped them from pretending as though they won’t. Despite the fact that the public caught on to their little game a while ago both, both men continue to act like they are seriously contemplating fighting other opponents this year.

The really funny thing about all of this horrible posturing, of course, is that they essentially have the same talent pool of alternatives to choose from. They can fight Timothy Bradley, Mike Alvarado and Brandon Rios. That it. Those are the options right there. And at the moment, in spite of what’s been said, an Alvarado-Rios rematch still looks very likely. That means Bradley is only real option available – and it’s a proven fact that he doesn’t bring in all that many PPV buys.

The question then becomes clear: will Pacquiao, 34, or Marquez, 39, fight Bradley and take less money, or will they fight one another and squeeze the biggest PPV total sales figure imaginable out of their next bout.

Obviously they’ll fight each other.

“It motivates me more to look for a fifth divisional championship. I believe that any sportsman or professional wants to achieve certain goals and that's why another belt inspires me more. And what's better than facing an opponent - who for me is a great fighter, tough and difficult, like Timothy Bradley. My family has the last word [on my future]. I am not a puppet for anybody. I will not allow myself to move forward based on what a promoter or other [industry] people say. My decision [regarding the future of my career] is firm - if it is no then it is no and if it is yes, then it is yes. The surest thing is that there will not be a fifth fight with Manny Pacquiao, and yes there will be a [fight for a] fifth championship," Marquez said during a recent interview with Boxing Scene.

In an effort to not be one-upped, Pacquiao’s advisor, Michael Koncz, said this of his guy’s next bout: "[Timothy] Bradley had a very good showing his last fight out, and maybe [Mike] Alvarado, and there are some other guys out there. We haven't really sat down to finalize an opponent, because we're still working on the venue."

Translation: We’re still working out the financial terms with Marquez’s camp.

The real question at this point isn’t whether or not these two will fight each other in 2013, it’s when they’ll drop this pointless, stupid charade.

Source: Boxing Scene