Provodnikov focusing on Marquez, Pacquiao remains a possibility
WBO light-welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov is hoping to seal a fight with Juan Manuel Marquez in the spring as the Russian prioritises ‘Dinamita’ above a clash with stablemate Manny Pacquiao.
The 29 year-old has been linked to bouts with Marquez and Pacquiao since claiming the 140lb title against Mike Alvarado, but hopes to avoid any conflict with trainer Freddie Roach and is initially pushing for the Mexican.
A Five-time Trainer of the Year, Roach is certain to choose a camp with his star man Pacquiao over Provodnikov for any fight between the two, something which manager Vadim Kornilov is keen on avoiding.
Kornilov has exclusively informed WBN that Provodnikov is considering putting an agreement in place with Pacquiao to fight on April 12, although only once a potential encounter with veteran Marquez is ruled out.
“Ruslan will be arriving in Los Angeles tomorrow so we can meet and discuss everything,” Kornilov explained to World Boxing News.
“We are very much interested in a Marquez fight because we want to continue working with Freddie Roach as this is very important to us.
“Negotiations are taking place for a possible fight with Manny Pacquiao if the Marquez fight will not happen, but we will also meet with Freddie to talk about the current situation so we can make a decision.
“If we cannot get the fight with Marquez, we would probably have to negotiate a Manny Paquiao fight anyway, but the fight with Marquez is a much easier fight for us to make and everybody would also be interested in seeing that fight.”
Former Provodniko opponent Timothy Bradley can be added to the mix to make it four fighters pushing to be involved in two mega-fights in the coming months, with everything set to become clearer once the first agreement between two of the quartet is signed and sealed.
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