Schaefer says it’s Arum who doesn’t want the Marquez-Pacquiao III rematch to take place
By Jim Dower: Many boxing fans are interested in seeing a third fight between Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao after having seen the first two fights between the warriors. However, it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen. Both Golden Boy Promotions and Juan Manuel Marquez really want to put together a third fight against Pacquiao. It doesn’t look like Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is interested in putting together that fight right now.
In an article by Greg Beacham of the Associated Press at Las Vegas Review Journal, Richard Schaefer, the CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, says “We all know Bob ‘[Arum] wants to do the in-house stuff, and that’s his choice. Marquez is not a begger. We’re not going to go on our knees. There are so many other great fights out there. We all know it isn’t many Pacquiao that doesn’t want the fight. It’s his promoter that doesn’t want to fight Marquez, and that’s fine. “
Marquez really doesn’t need the Pacquiao fight if he wants to get good paydays. There are plenty of other fighters that Marquez can fight to get good paydays against besides Pacquiao. Marquez has already fought Floyd Mayweather Jr., which is more than Pacquiao can say. Marquez is looking at a potential fight against World Boxing Association light welterweight champion Amir Khan next in December, if Marquez decides to take the fight. Besides Khan, Marquez can always choose to defend his WBO lightweight title against WBO lightweight interim champion Michael Katsidis. That would be a great fight and it would almost surely be seen on HBO.
Pacquiao has fights coming up against Antonio Margarito and Miguel Cotto. Arum wants to put together a fight between Pacquiao and Mayweather, but that fight won’t get made until Pacquiao agrees on taking less than a 50-50 deal and agrees to the random blood tests that Mayweather wants before he’ll fight Pacquiao. Since Pacquiao won’t agree to either of these things, it’s not likely that Pacquiao will be fighting Mayweather in 2011.
It would be good, though, for boxing fans if Arum would allow Pacquiao to fight Marquez a final time. Arum could put off Pacquiao’s rematch with Miguel Cotto until later on in 2011, and slip in the rematch between Pacquiao and Marquez. To be sure, it would be a tough fight for Pacquiao to take because Marquez has given him big problems in their two prior fights. But Arum at least would be giving boxing fans what they want to see in the absence of a fight between Pacquiao and Mayweather.
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