MANILA, Philippines – Since Juan Manuel Marquez expressed indifference over a possible 5th fight with Manny Pacquiao, the camp of the "People's Champ" has trained its eyes on other fighters.
Pacquiao's business adviser, Michael Koncz, said they are looking at either WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley or Brandon Rios’ conqueror, Mike Alvarado.
"[Timothy] Bradley had a very good showing his last fight out, and maybe [Mike] Alvarado, and there are some other guys out there,” he said in Boxing Scene.
Bradley recently waged a brutal war against Pacquiao’s training partner Ruslan Provodnikov, beating the Russian by unanimous decision.
Alvarado, on the other hand, survived a slugfest with Rios, coming out victorious this time around.
But Koncz said that before they finalize the terms, they will have to find a venue where they could stage Pacquiao’s next fight.
“We haven't really sat down to finalize an opponent, because we're still working on the venue," Koncz said.
He made it clear that Pacquiao won’t be fighting anytime soon in the US because of the huge taxes.
"It's going to be overseas,” said Koncz.
“I think we're going to lose some pay-per-view buys, but I don't agree with Bob [Arum] that we're going to lose half of it. I think maybe 20% [will be lost], but I think if we do the fight on the time slot for HBO Pay-Per-View - people will still watch the fight."