Lightweight world champion Juan Manuel Marquez says he does not expect his former promoter, Golden Boy Promotions, to match the current offer on the table from Top Rank, meaning he would be set to go for a November 12 trilogy fight with Manny Pacquiao.
The deadline for Golden Boy to match the current Pacquiao offer is Monday, and Marquez's attorney is planning a Tuesday meeting with Bob Arum in Los Angeles to finalize the deal.
The reported offer to Marquez for a third Pacquiao fight is a $5 million guarantee plus PPV revenue, with a $10 million rematch guarantee should Marquez upset Pacquiao in November. The fight will also reportedly be fought at a 144-pound catchweight, which took Golden Boy's original counter proposal (Saul Alvarez) out of consideration, but did insert Victor Ortiz into the mix this week in what appeared to be a final, desperate, strange idea from Golden Boy.
With it seeming unlikely that Golden Boy will indeed match -- or be able to match -- the Top Rank offer, it looks like Pacquiao vs Marquez III will get the green light this coming week. Marquez is also still slated to fight in Mexico on July 2 to warm up, likely against David Diaz, another Top Rank fighter.