Though there was plenty of controversy in last Saturday's Pacquiao vs Bradley fight from Vegas, there may not have been quite enough money in it to please everyone. And Manny Pacquiao may not be taking a November rematch with Timothy Bradley.
Fernando Beltran of Zanfer Promotions says that Juan Manuel Marquez will face Manny in November, with the two meeting for a fourth time in either Vegas or Mexico City.
"If the conditions are met, if someone puts up the money, we could take the fight to Mexico. The government knows what that kind of an event would do in the city and they know the economic benefits there would be. [The leaders in Mexico City] should work together to [make it happen]," Arum said.
Now, keep in mind: It has to be, like, a lotta money to take this fight to Mexico. I know the crowd will be big. But big crowd does not equal an $11 million gate like Pacquiao-Marquez III did in Vegas. Always remember: Vegas = money, from the too-expensive seats to the site fee.
That's why these fights are held in Vegas. There's more money there. Marquez doesn't want to fight there, but Marquez also wants a lot of money, so we'll see what bends first: His location demands or his purse demands.
Personally, I prefer Pacquiao-Marquez IV to Pacquiao-Bradley II right now. I just think it's a better fight, and I'd like to see Marquez get his final run at Manny before he's definitely too old to be himself. The guy's turning 39 in August. Pacquiao-Bradley II would be there next year if desired.
It does leave open the question of what Bradley would do next. Honestly, and I don't mean this as an insult to him, he might be best off fighting on a Pacquiao-Marquez undercard. Lie to him and tell him it's a "co-main event" if you need to.
But this all still has to play out. Right now, it does appear that Marquez has pulled ahead of Bradley in another round of The Manny Sweepstakes.