World Boxing Organisation President Paco Valcarcel explained the situation as it stands and believes that at this point in time Marquez is determined to put right his close points defeat to Bradley when the pair clashed last October.
“I have been talking to the promoter of Marquez and he says that he prefers a rematch with Bradley,” Varcarcel told World Boxing News. “Saying that, I am not sure what stage talks are at the moment,” he added.
Marquez, 40, has spurned all advances from Pacquiao to put together a fifth instalment of their enthralling saga, despite the fact that most in the sport rate their latest meeting as the most entertaining.
It seems the rejuvenated Pacquiao is still some way off naming his next opponent for the spring, even after the announcement that he hopes to have his US return fight confirmed before Christmas.
With Bradley and Marquez seemingly both out of the picture, it doesn’t leave Pacquiao with too many options open to him within the Top Rank stable, with training partner Ruslan Provodnikov the obvious choice right now.
The other name that could be potentially come into play would be undefeated Jessie Vargas, who recently made the switch from rivals Golden Boy and could be a stop-gap solution until a bigger name is available.
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