Rather than discussing a fifth bout this past Wednesday night, Top Rank chief Bob Arum will have dinner next week with Juan Manuel Marquez in an attempt to persuade the WBO “Champion of the Decade” to fight Manny Pacquiao on September 14.
Undoubtedly trying to milk significantly more cash than the $6 million he earned in December, the 39-year-old Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KOs) recently claimed to have zero interest in again facing Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs).
“Juan Manuel asked that the meeting be moved because he is all tied up,” said Arum, 81, noting that the meeting will take place in Las Vegas. “I’ll ask him how much he wants.”
During their fourth savage affair, the 34-year-old Pacquiao was knocked onto Queer Street by Marquez at 2:59 of the sixth round.
In a genuinely scary scene, Pacquiao, who had controversially earned a draw and two conquests over the ballooned Mexican since their first fisticuffs in May 2004, remained motionless on the canvas for several minutes.
Accordingly, “The Fighting Pride of the Philippines,” who neurologist Dr. Rustico Jimenez observed is exhibiting initial signs of Parkinson’s disease, had his license suspended for 120 days by the Nevada Boxing Commission.
Entirely dismissing the concerns of the president of the Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines, Arum remains determined to cement another clash between the eight-division titlist and Marquez.
The “Fighter of the Decade” for the 2000s by the BWAA, whose ban to battle in Las Vegas concludes in March, is considering throwing fists with Marquez in Dubai, Mexico, Singapore and China.
Unfortunately for the once fearsome southpaw, it’s moot where Pacquiao next tussles because the shopworn pugilist should permanently shelve his gloves.
If the famed Filipino doesn’t retire from the sport that helped him amass millions of dollars, Pacquiao will likely become boxing’s next tragic figure.
As a prizefighter, Manny Pacquiao “is all tied up” and, in the name of health, “The Fighting Pride of the Philippines” needs to sever all contact with Bob Arum.by