LAS VEGAS – Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez already vowed this will be the final chapter of their storied rivalry.
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is on the same page with both fighters.
Arum doesn’t see the Pacquiao-Marquez rivalry stretching to a fifth meeting, convinced that the fourth meeting between two fighters whose careers have long been intertwined on Saturday (Sunday, Manila time) will be the last.
“You never know in this business, but I don’t think so,” said Arum about the possibility of the two future Hall of Famers facing each other again inside the ring in the near future.
This early, the veteran promoter, who turns 81 Saturday, already has possible opponents lined up for both fighters in their next fights.
Former world lightweight champion Brandon Rios could be next in line for Pacquiao if the celebrated southpaw beats Marquez again.
“If Manny wins, the people will crave a new opponent that they haven’t seen like Brandon Rios,” said Arum of the 26-year-old Mexican-American, who will be watching Pacquiao-Marquez IV at ringside.
And in the event Marquez finally wins against his longtime rival, the veteran promoter likewise has a ready match-up for him.
“If Marquez wins, (Tim) Bradley will be a good opponent for him.”