Arum: If the money was right, Marquez would fight Brook in the UK
According to respected promoter Bob Arum, an IBF welterweight title clash between champion Kell Brook and Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez could simply come down to a monetary agreement between both sides.
‘The Special One’ has been linked to making the first defence of his belt against the multi-weight world title holder at some point in 2015, and Arum is confident that Marquez would accept the challenge if Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn made the right offer.
Marquez is said to be hunting another chance to win the world title at 147lbs after failing twice against Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley in recent bouts where a recognised championship was on the line and Arum says there is even a possibility ‘Dinamita’ would travel for a third opportunity.
“I don’t know where Marquez stands at the moment. I haven’t talked to him as Fernando Beltran talks to him, but he might very well fight Kell Brook,” Arum exclusively told World Boxing News.
“With Juan Manuel Marquez a lot of it depends where the money is. If the money was right he would go to the UK for the fight, sure.”
The talented and undefeated Brook is back in training following a harrowing machete incident in Spain. The Yorkshireman took a family holiday after defeating Shawn Porter to become IBF champion in the USA last August, but was immediately put out of commission and missed out on a lucrative homecoming contest in December.
A return in the spring in now on the cards for Brook in his hometown of Sheffield, although a warm-up fight may be advisable to feel out the extent of his recovery before the 147lb title holder shares the ring with such a dangerous opponent like Marquez.