Marquez-Pacquiao IV can wait


Posted at Aug 10 2012 08:14 PM | Updated as of Aug 11 2012 07:57 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Juan Manuel Marquez has a fall back if he fails to get a fourth face-off against Manny Pacquiao.

Marquez said he’ll defend one of his titles by the end of 2012.

The Mexican counterpunching specialist owns the World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior welterweight title aside from holding the WBO and World Boxing Association (WBA) lightweight.

Before deciding, however, he wants to make sure that his promoter, Fernando Beltran, has done his work in securing the Pacquiao fight.

"I hope to talk to him at any moment, either in person or by telephone to find out who I'm going to fight," Marquez said in Boxing Scene. "But I haven't received any news. I want to close the year out by defending one of my titles."

Marquez has not defended his lightweight titles for several months now after concentrating on adding weight for the Pacquiao bout.

But he said he remains the lightweight king, unless the WBO and WBA say otherwise.

"These [sanctioning bodies] have not informed me otherwise [that I'm not the champion at 135], so I consider myself the lightweight champion of these groups," Marquez said. "In the ring, nobody has taken the lightweight crown from me."

Marquez has had 3 bouts against Pacquiao.

The first one, which ended in a draw, took place in 2004.

He also faced Pacquiao in 2008 and 2011 but lost in both occasions.