Top Rank promoter Bob Arum told ESPN.com that shopworn pugilist Manny Pacquiao will scrap in September somewhere in Asia against either Juan Manuel Marquez or Timothy Bradley.
“He is fighting in September,” said Arum, a corruptible weasel who acknowledged during a 2000 federal trial that he bribed the International Boxing Federation (IBF) to attain a higher ranking for one of his fighters. “I don’t know against who and I’m not exactly sure where, but it looks like Macau or Singapore.”
During their fourth savage affair in December, Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs) was knocked onto Queer Street by the 39-year-old Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KOs) at 2:59 of the sixth round.
In a genuinely scary scene, the 34-year-old Pacquiao, who had controversially earned a draw and two conquests over the ballooned Mexican since their first fisticuffs in May 2004, remained motionless on the canvas for several minutes.
Undoubtedly trying to milk significantly more cash than the $6 million he earned in the autumn, the legendary Mexican recently claimed to have zero interest in again facing Pacquiao.
Meanwhile the 29-year-old Bradley (30-0-0-1, 12 KOs) earned a narrow unanimous decision victory over Russian Ruslan Provodnikov to successfully defend the WBO light welterweight championship last weekend at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California.
Compensating for feathery fists, Bradley proved to be a diminutive version of a young Evander Holyfield and it’s now tough to envision that Pacquiao could have ever finished the muscleman last June.
Although a rematch against Bradley would be intriguing, the “Fighter of the Decade” for the 2000s by the BWAA should throw fists with Marquez for a fifth time.
Conversely, for the betterment of the sport, “Desert Storm” needs to offer the 29-year-old Provodnikov (22-2, 15 KOs) another opportunity.
Ultimately, expect Manny Pacquiao to clash with Juan Manuel Marquez on September 14 in Singapore.