Promoter Bob Arum has revealed that a fifth fight between Top Rank’s biggest stars Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao is set to go ahead in the coming year.
The 81-year-old, who masterminded the pair’s entertaining fourth meeting earlier this month, has stated that the two could battle it out once more after compelling the world with an astonishing fifth round and sixth session knockout finish at the MGM Grand.
“We’re gonna, I think, do another fight with Juan Manuel Marquez. That was a great fight,” Arum told TMZ.
Pacquiao, 33, had any chance of fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr. next year ripped away from him by ‘Dinamita’ with that spectacular punch in Las Vegas and although some believe the Filipino should avoid another clash with the Mexican, Arum believes that the ‘Pacman’ can turn the tables.
“He ran into a really good right hand, and we’ll see what happens next time,” he said.
Marquez has been linked with a move into retirement on the back of his career-best win, but may not be able to turn down a purse split in his favor after years of being on the wrong end of pay packets in bouts with the Congressman.
An average cheque of around five or six million has been awarded to the 39-year-old for his efforts in recent times, although Marquez can expect a to receive at the very least an equal share if the two can agree that a fifth fight is a way to go in 2013.