Top Rank promoter Bob Arum will meet with Juan Manuel Marquez on Wednesday in hopes of moving forward with a deal to face Manny Pacquiao for a fifth time, Ronnie Nathanielsz reports.
Arum remains confident, it seems, that the fight will get done, as most boxing fans expect it will. Marquez has said repeatedly in recent weeks that he doesn't have a desire to face Pacquiao again, feeling he got the result he wanted, convinced the world he's the better man, and now he'd prefer to move on and face someone else. Brandon Rios has been mentioned by Marquez's team as a preferred opponent.
But the economic realities of the situation are clear, as everyone keeps saying, from Arum down to lowly bloggers like yours truly. Marquez stands to make a $10 million purse or maybe even more than that from fighting Pacquiao again, whereas he wouldn't come close to that figure to fight Rios or anyone else. There's simply not nearly as much money in fighting someone other than Manny Pacquiao. That rivalry wasn't really finished by the fourth fight, it was escalated.
In short, if Pacquiao-Marquez V doesn't happen, it's news that will probably shock most people. In totally non-shocking news, Arum also says that the fight "won't necessarily happen outside of the United States." Macau and Mexico City have been mentioned as potential locations, but no matter how many tickets you sell in those places, the Vegas casinos make these big fights way more money than they can make elsewhere. I don't want to compare the gates from Pacquiao at MGM Grand to Pacquiao at Cowboys Stadium again, but the difference is large.