MANILA – The World Boxing Organization (WBO) has ruled that the bout between Juan Manuel Marquez and Mike Alvarado will serve as an eliminator for the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley Jr. welterweight title clash.
The WBO order formally paves the way for a possible fifth bout between rivals Pacquiao and Marquez.
“It is a WBO eliminator fight,” WBO President Paco Valcarcel said in Michael Readman’s report to On The Ropes Boxing Radio, referring to the Marquez-Alvarado tiff.
“So the winner between Marquez and Alvarado gets to fight the winner of the Pacquiao-Bradley fight.”
Pacquiao and Marquez have figured in four action-packed bouts. The Mexican won their last encounter by finishing the Filipino off with a devastating counter right hand in the sixth round.
Pacquiao asked for an immediate rematch, but Marquez refused.
Varcarcel himself flew to Mexico just to persuade Marquez into accepting the fight, to no avail.
Marquez, however, had a change of heart when the possibility of fighting for the WBO welterweight belt came up. He wanted to be the first Mexican to win five world titles in five different weight classes.
His coach, Nacho Beristain, however, said Marquez can go after other titles being offered by other sanctioning bodies if he really wants a fifth crown.
“What Juan Manuel wants more than anything is this [fifth] championship [at welterweight], and that's why the name of Pacquiao is once again [being discussed]. But I believe that if he gets past [Mike Alvarado], Juan Manuel can fight for [a world title from] another sanctioning body,” the 74-year-old boxing coach said.