Manila, Philippines – Juan Manuel Marquez is looking forward to get a fourth fight with Manny Pacquiao on Nov. 10, according to information coming from Mexico City.
Marquez, who has waged three classic and controversial battles with Pacquiao, has been promised another shot at the Filipino southpaw by Mexican promoter Fernando Beltran.
Beltran works closely with Top Rank chief Bob Arum and the two have partnered in staging bigtime fights in the US and Mexico.
Pacquiao will select among Marquez, Tim Bradley and Miguel Cotto as his foe for Nov. 10 when he returns from a European vacation in about two weeks.
Bradley is also in the mix because he is mandated under contract to grant Pacquiao a rematch although it doesn’t appear that is the direction Pacquiao and even Arum are headed to.
Marquez, who turns 39 in August, is reportedly getting a tuneup fight on July 21 but might opt not to proceed and just focus on the Pacquiao showdown.
Beltran is said to be determined to bring the fight to the $300-M Mexico City Arena, a 22,300-capacity venue that was inaugurated only last February.
The arena has hosted several concerts the past few months and is set to hold shows of Maroon 5 in August.
It was also at the same venue where Marquez beat Sergei Fedchencko of Ukraine last April.
Strutting his stuff on Mexican soil could save Pacquiao millions of dollars in taxes, something that Las Vegas cannot offer. (Nick Giongco)