Dan Rafael's weekly notebook is up at ESPN.com with tons of information as usual, but the biggest one to me was an almost throwaway near the bottom of the article, which said that Golden Boy is targeting a December 11 date for a fight between 140-pound beltholder Amir Khan and lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez.
Whether that fight happens or not, Rafael reports that Khan will fight on that date anyway, perhaps against Victor Ortiz or Marcos Maidana. Either of those fights would happen in England.
Also in the article, Bob Arum flat-out dismisses Marquez as a possible opponent for Manny Pacquiao, so Marquez can let that go and move on yet again.
"[Marquez] demonstrated that at the higher weight he can't handle it [when he lost every round to Floyd Mayweather at welterweight last fall]. Now, if that perception is incorrect, let Marquez go fight a bigger guy and prove that he belongs with Manny at a higher weight. Let him go fight Andre Berto or [Joshua] Clottey, Tim Bradley or [Devon] Alexander. If he beats one of those four guys, he can say, 'I belong with Manny at the higher weight.' Pacquiao demonstrated that he can go up, but Marquez hasn't. Maybe he can, but he needs to show it."
Notice that Arum did not include a fight with Amir Khan as something acceptable for Juan Manuel Marquez in a step up in weight if he wants to keep targeting Pacquiao.
In addition, Bob Arum wants to sign a 154-pound title fight between Miguel Cotto and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. for December 4, and what Bob wants, he usually gets. Freddie Roach said in a recent interview with John Martinez of fightchronicles.com that he'd gladly match Chavez with Cotto, and expect to win. If Cotto-Chavez gets made, Arum also says he's considering matching Fernando Montiel with Nonito Donaire in the co-feature, but frankly I'll believe that one when I see it.
Also of note:
- Yonnhy Perez and Joseph Agbeko will rematch on November 6, it appears. The paperwork just needs to be finalized. The two had a brilliant fight on Halloween night in 2009. Agbeko has not fought since, which is part of being a DKP star.
- Shannon Briggs is still the leading candidate to face Vitali Klitschko on October 16.
- The gate for Marquez-Diaz II was about $900,000, and they're expecting PPV buys between 150,000 and 200,000. Those might not sound like huge numbers, but remember this wasn't a huge fight. Golden Boy only needed about 100,000 buys of the show to break even, and they look to have far exceeded that. Overall I was relatively happy with the show myself, so I'm glad it did well.
- The Mosley-Mora PPV has its final televised fight done, as Daniel Ponce de Leon will face all-action warrior Mickey Roman. Roman was part of a leading Fight of the Year candidate in February against Antonio Escalante.
- There's also news on Giovanni Lorenzo, Krysztof Wlodarczyk, the Nishioka-Munroe fight, and a great feature piece on Devon Alexander.