Once you get past all the smoke and mirrors, it becomes pretty clear that Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez expect to fight one another later this year. Timothy Bradley, Brandon Rios and a handful of other names have been mentioned as possible opponents for them, however, that’s all just for show. The only bout out there for Pacquiao and Marquez that would result in a payoff that justifies the risk involved is one featuring them fighting each other.
Over the past three months or so, Pacquiao has remained fairly consistent when it comes to fighting Marquez. He was willing to do it on the eve of his last loss, and he continues to be willing to fight him now. Of course, it’s easy for him to be down – he made $17 million more than counterpart in defeat on the last go-round. Clearly he doesn’t need a whole lot of bargaining power. Marquez, meanwhile, only collected $6 million for one of the bigger victories in his career. Hence him taking such a hard stand as of late and pretending as though he would legitimately fight someone other than Pacquiao if his requests aren’t met.
Still, despite all the bluster and big talk, everyone involved is moving forward with the general assumption that a deal will be reached. Pacquiao and Marquez V, for all intents and purposes, is set up. Now it’s just a matter of working out the specifics.
During a recent interview with Michael Woods of ESPN, Top Rank boss Bob Arum explained where things stand now.
"Marquez didn't show at the Bradley-Provodnikov fight but he's coming on March 30 for the Brandon Rios-Mike Alvarado fight (in Las Vegas). And then Marquez and his wife are going with us to Macau,” he said.
"To solidify a Pacquiao-Marquez fight in Macau would be the plan," Arum said.
When pressed on where the proposed bout would take place, Arum replied: "They've been doing a full court press at the Venetian in Singapore.”
So they’ve picked out a location, they have a hotel in mind and Marquez is taking two trips with Arum over the next month. But he is seriously contemplating not fighting Pacquiao. Right.
Pacquiao-Marquez V is as good as booked.