Bradley, Rios also in JMM's radar
MANILA, Philippines – It looks like Manny Pacquiao will have to hope that Juan Manuel Marquez chooses him over two other candidates who are being considered for the Mexican’s ring return in September.
Boxing promoter Bob Arum said that during his meeting with Marquez in Mexico, the Mexican boxer asked for options he has aside from a fifth ring encounter with Pacquiao.
Arum said that Marquez may choose to fight Timothy Bradley or Brandon Rios.
"I laid them out to Marquez. I said, 'You can fight Bradley, if Bradley beats Provodnikov. You can fight Brandon Rios, if Brandon Rios beats Alvarado. Or you can fight Manny Pacquiao again,'” he said in Lem Satterfield’s RingTV report.
The promoter said Marquez is aware that the more marketable his opponent, the bigger his fight earnings will be.
“'I understand that the money is different for me,’” Arum quoted Marquez as saying.
The biggest money of course would be another rematch with Pacquiao.
Arum said Marquez will be watching Bradley and Rios in their respective fights to do some scouting.
After that, he’ll make his decision, said the promoter.
"On March 16, Marquez will be ringside for the Bradley-Provodnikov fight. So he will be there, and he can scout Bradley and he can talk to the HBO guys, because he speaks very good English, about his impressions," said Arum.
"Then, two weeks later, he is going to come to Vegas to see Rios and Alvarado.”