Top Rank promoter Bob Arum announced that in excess of 13,000 tickets have already been sold since Friday for the fourth bout between future Hall of Famers Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez on December 8 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“We are ecstatic with the response,” said Arum, a corruptible weasel who acknowledged during a 2000 federal trial that he bribed the International Boxing Federation (IBF) to attain a higher ranking for one of his fighters.
Provided Arum’s numbers are accurate, less than 3,000 tickets remain to watch Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KOs), who has earned a draw and two conquests over the rugged Mexican since their initial meeting in May 2004, again throw fists with Marquez (54-6-1, 39 KOs).
The 33-year-old Pacquiao won an extremely debatable majority decision against Marquez in their third scrap last November 12 in “Sin City.”
In his most recent bout, “The Fighting Pride of the Philippines” had his WBO light welterweight title unwittingly stolen by Timothy Bradley (29-0-01, 12 KOs), presently rated by Ring Magazine as the eighth pound-for-pound pugilist in the world, when criminally incompetent judges handed him a split decision in June.
Conversely, the 39-year-old Marquez, who has captured eight belts in six different weight classes and is currently ranked by Ring Magazine as the sixth preeminent prizefighter today, last vacated the squared circle in April with a lopsided unanimous decision triumph over Ukrainian Serhiy Fedchenko in Mexico City.
Roger “Pit” Perron is a venerable boxing trainer from Brockton (Mass.) who now works with Mike and Rich Cappiello at their gym, Cappiello Brothers Boxing and Training.
“Marquez will beat Pacquiao this time,” said Perron, 75, who worked in the 1980s with International Boxing Hall of Famer Marvelous Marvin Hagler at the Petronelli Brothers Gym. “The first three fights could have gone either way and I think Manny has regressed lately. Marquez will win by split decision.”
Jeff Lyons is a boxing fanatic who possesses an encyclopedic knowledge of The Sweet Science.
Although Lyons has immense respect for Marquez, the South Bostonian disagrees with Perron and predicts that Manny will emerge triumphant.
“Manny by split decision,” said Lyons, 32, a resident of South Boston. “It’s a horrible fight for Manny because he matches up so poorly with JMM.”
In contrast to the thoughts of Perron and Lyons, expect Manny Pacquiao to finally overwhelm Juan Manuel Marquez in a decisive manner approximately two months from tonight in “The Entertainment Capital of the World.”by