IN the end, the decision on who Manny Pacquiao would fight next all boiled down to money.
Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico will get a fourth shot at the Filipino boxing superstar when the two ring warriors meet again on December 8 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
The Los Angeles Times first broke the news on Wednedsay (Thursday, Manila time).
According to the report, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum convinced the 33-year-old Pacquiao that taking on Marquez is the more profitable option rather a rematch with Timothy Bradley, the same fighter who stunned the Filipino three months ago after scoring a 12-round split decision to wrest the World Boxing Organization welterweight title.
Arum stressed the obvious – Pacquiao’s last fight with Marquez last year reached 1.25 million pay-per-view buys, majority of them by the Latino audience.
In contrast, the match with Bradley last June 9 only had 850,000 pay-per-view buys.
Besides, the unbeaten Bradley also priced himself out of the equation by asking for a US$10 million purse, double the amount he received (US$5 million) when he became the first man to beat the `Pacman’ over the last seven years.
Pacquiao is set to leave for Los Angeles this weekend for the September 16 taping of his popular game show, in time for the scheduled September 18 press conference arranged by Arum to officially announce the fight.