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Manny Pacquiao-Juan Marquez fight not confirmed, says Bob Arum

Promoter believes deal will be finalised by the end of June

PUBLISHED : Friday, 30 May, 2014, 12:11am
UPDATED : Friday, 30 May, 2014, 12:44am

Chapter five in the Manny Pacquiao v Juan Manuel Marquez series - mooted for November 23 in Macau - is not yet a done deal, but should be wrapped up by the end of June, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum said yesterday.

Arum, who was speaking at a press conference for tomorrow's Featherweight Fury bill at Venetian's CotaiArena, said Marquez was one of the "preferred opponents" Pacquiao would face if the Filipino superstar was to return to Macau after his phenomenal success in last November's Clash In Cotai when he defeated American Brandon Rios.

Organisers have had to change the dates for the proposed fight twice already after it was learned that singing star Celine Dion had a concert at the CotaiArena on November 8. Arum had also tried to set November 15 as the date but a UFC pay-per-view event had booked the venue the same day.

Marquez is coming to New York for the fight so at that point I will be able to talk with him and see what his plans are
Bob Arum

Arum said he would have a clearer picture as to whether they would sign Marquez when the 40-year-old Mexican, who knocked out Pacquiao in six rounds in December 2012 in their last encounter, attends next Saturday's middleweight World Boxing Council title fight between Puerto Rico's Miguel Cotto and Argentinian hero Sergio Martinez at Madison Square Garden in New York.

"Marquez is coming to New York for the fight so at that point I will be able to talk with him and see what his plans are," said Arum.

Marquez, who is coming off a victory against American Mike Alvarado recently, is still undecided as to whether he will fight Pacquiao a fifth time. Pacquiao's record against Marquez is 2-1-1.

So far the Marquez-Pacquiao fight has been opposed by Marquez's trainer, Nacho Beristain, who says his protégé has nothing to prove.

Arum has confirmed that Argentinian star, Luis Carlos Abregu, Britain's Amir Khan and Russia's Ruslan Provodnikov were also possible opponents for Pacquiao, who recently signed an extended two-year contract with Top Rank that will probably see his career wind up in 2016.


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The truth is that
(a) Juan Marquez is unwilling to undergo VADA testing;
(b) Manny will insist on VADA testing, unless he is ill-advised; and
(c) therefore, there will be no fifth fight between Juan Marquez and Manny, unless Manny is foolish enough to be influenced by Arum's B.S. re: the validity of NSAC testing! Arum should focus on ethics rather than on money, showmanship, etc.
Finally, Max Kellerman and others have begun to see the light...
Nacho said before that it is a dangerous fight. Marquez and Nacho knows that Manny is itching for a revenge. He almost got the KO in the 4th fight had he been patient. This time he will be patient as he did with Rios and Bradley fight. Manny will eventually get his KO in the 5th fight which is a prelude to the 1st fight (three knocdowns) and the 4th fight (He was on the verge of KOing Marquez when he got careless). Nacho is scared to death coz he knows that Marquez just got lucky and lightning does not strike twice. He also knows that Marquez is on PEDS and that won't happen this time. Manny will insist on VADA testing where Victor Conte, the guy Memo Heredia put to jail is there with VADA. Victor will do everything to catch Marquez and Memo to get even. Nacho also knows that this time Manny will not be careless and will take his time as he did with the Rios and Bradley fight. If Nacho really believes that there is nothing to prove coz they have proven that Marquez won the previous fights, then why not take an easy 10 million prize. The truth about the matter is Nacho is scared to death that his protege will get kO'd and that will prove that the KO in the 4th fight was a fluke.
The KO in the 4th fight was a fluke by JMM, who is unwilling to subject himself to VADA testing.
Bernstein knows....thats why he does not want marquez pac 5
Of course marquez is scared to fight pac. Just watch the replay, he was being beat up and came the one punch
(a) He threw a lucky punch, and
(b) He is unwilling to be tested by VADA.


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