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    Early signs show Pacquiao-Marquez IV a smash hit

    Oct 2, 2012

    SO who says Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez are already passé?

    Not if the basis is the initial sale of tickets for their coming fourth encounter this December 8 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

    Top Rank promoter Bob Arum announced a total of 13,000 tickets were sold out right on opening weekend, making it the biggest seller so far of the two boxers’ compelling rivalry.

    Less than 3,000 tickets remain available with still two months to go before the long-time nemesis meet in the ring again – hopefully for one final time.

    “We are ecstatic with the response,” said Arum in a statement.

    Initially, boxing fans were lukewarm to the showdown when Arum first announced the fight last month in the aftermath of another controversy that marred the third installment of their stirring trilogy. While Pacquiao won by a majority decision, not a few believed Marquez was the clear winner.

    But the bout also proved to be the biggest of all three Pacquiao-Marquez match as it earned around 1.3 million in pay-per-view hits.

    Both the Filipino (54-4-2, 38 KOs) and Mexican (54-6-1, 39 KOs) vowed to knock each other out this time in the hope of putting a fitting end to one of boxing’s most gripping rivalries.

    Unlike their first three encounters, this one will be a non-title fight.

    The first meeting between the two ended in a controversial draw in 2004 despite Pacquiao scoring three knockdowns in the opening round. Four years later, the 33-year-old Filipino southpaw eked out a split decision against Marquez after sending down Marquez to the canvass in the third round.

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