In an interesting story out of the Philippine Star by Abac Cordero, Manny Pacquiao is demanding $28 million guaranteed to set up a forth fight with Juan Manuel Marquez. With this statement it seems that Marquez is the top of the heap for potential Pacquiao opponents especially with Arum going to the Philippines next week.
Now there could be a bunch of complications with trying to make this fight. Juan Manuel Marquez does not want to fight in Vegas because he feels that he gets screwed there. If Marquez is dead set on that position, then I don't see where Arum could get the kind of guarantee he needs for Manny Pacquiao.
In terms of cash, for the last fight Manny got $20 Million guaranteed and Marquez got only $5 Million guaranteed. Now these are just the guarantees, so they probably took home a little bit more than that figure. Also mentioned in the story is that Pacquiao is going to get $20 Million guaranteed no matter whom he fights according to Bob Arum. Arum also mentioned the names that we all thinking about, Lamont Peterson, Tim Bradley, and Miguel Cotto. Now I would like to see Pacquiao go after Tim Bradley because its an interesting clash of styles, but the Marquez fight is the most likely right now.
As sort of a side note, there was another story about Pacquiao being one of the most absent Congressmen. I have to wonder how many more fights Manny is going to have especially with his political ambitions. If he wants to get more power, then he is not going to be able to leave for long periods of time and train like he does currently. In light of that point I would assume that Pacquiao only has a couple more fights in him before he retires. That being said, what are the three Pacquiao fights that you want to see before he retires?