Marquez on board for Pacquiao tune-up, eyes separate dates
With Juan Manuel Marquez reportedly deciding to defer his retirement, Manny Pacquiao is due to come out with a blueprint aimed at rebuilding his career as his handlers are finalizing the details of his comeback bout in the second week of April.
According to Esto, the daily Mexican sports paper, Marquez has reconsidered his decision to hang up his gloves after meeting with Fernando Beltran over the weekend, paving the way for his own tune-up fight the week after Pacquiao’s.
The promoters of Pacquiao and Marquez want to spice things up as they are due to fight for a fifth time on Sept. 14 during the height of the celebration of the Mexican Independence.
Even though Marquez has only one win to show in four matches with Pacquiao, the 39-year-old counter-puncher has the upperhand right now owing to the strength of his sixth-round knockout of the Filipino icon.
Two names have cropped up as possible foes for Pacquiao and Marquez: Jessie Vargas of the US and Vyacheslav Senchenko of Ukraine.
Pacquiao adviser Mike Koncz said they’re looking at three sites: Singapore, Macau or Dubai.
Koncz said he will hook up with Top Rank chief Bob Arum this weekend in New York to know what’s down the road.
Article courtesy of Nick Giongco of the Manila Bulletin