MANILA, Philippines – A fifth fight between rivals Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez may be held later this year in Macau, according to Top Rank chief executive Bob Arum.
The fifth fight became possible after Marquez's demolition of Mike Alvarado in their 12-round welterweight encounter Saturday in Inglewood, California –a bout that served as the title eliminator to determine the number one contender for Pacquiao's WBO welterweight belt.
Marquez, who has previously turned down suggestions of another Pacquiao fight, this time said he will have to take a brief vacation before coming to a decision.
The Mexican's words were music to the ears of Arum, who wants to make a fifth Pacquiao-Marquez fight in November.
"What he said was he would go back and consult with his team and analyze the fifth fight and see what he will do. I think that's a pretty good statement," the promoter told Boxing Scene.
"I'm fairly confident (about the fifth fight)," Arum added. "It's up to (Marquez). It really is"
Arum also stressed that Pacquiao "wants the fight," and is confident that the showdown remains lucrative even if it will be the fifth meeting between the two future Hall-of-Famers.
If the fight pushes through, it will be Pacquiao's second time to fight in Macau, after fighting Brandon Rios at the Cotai Arena in November 2013, a bout that did not sell well on pay-per-view.
Arum believes, however, that a fifth fight between Pacquiao and Marquez will do better in the box office, especially as he is planning to sell the fight as a pay-per-view not only in the United States but also in China.
"This time in November, we already got everything going for a pay-per-view in China," he said. "We have (former Olympic gold medalist) Zou Shiming fighting for a title, Manny… it will be a big card."
"Sunday morning is an ideal time for pay-per-view in China."