Top Rank President Bob Arum has exclusively informed WBN that arrangements are already in place for the winner of the upcoming fights between Manny Pacquiao, Timothy Bradley, Juan Manuel Marquez and Mike Alvarado to meet in the autumn.
The four, who have all been world champions present and past, represent the cream of current welterweight talent at the top American stable, with two potentially explosive bouts taking place in the coming months.
On April 12 at the MGM Grand, Pacquaio and Bradley collide in a rematch of their controversial first meeting in June 2012, with Marquez v Alvarado to follow on May 17 at The Forum in Inglewood, California. Arum confirmed that there is an understanding between the two victors of the those imminent fights to meet later in the year.
“Whoever comes out on top from Pacquiao v Bradley and Marquez v Alvarado, yes, it has been agreed in principle by the four fighters that they will fight in the fall,” Arum told World Boxing News.
“Right now, the only thing that needs to be worked out if the financial side of things,” he added.
There is no doubt that the potential for a fifth fight between Pacquiao and Marquez adds an extra incentive for both fighters, who can make millions worldwide by facing each other yet again.
Marquez, 40, had stipulated that he had no interest in a quintet of clashes with the 35 year-old Eight-weight champion, although has seemingly relaxed his stance since losing a close decision to Bradley last time out.
On the other hand, Californian Bradley and Denver’s Alvarado will look to put a spanner in the works of any Pacquiao v Marquez 5 plans themselves when they get their chance to put further doubt on the veterans career’s in the interim.
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