MANILA, Philippines – Mexican champion Juan Manuel Marquez already has a “Plan B” in place should he not get his fourth shot against his great rival, Filipino fight king Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao.
In a Boxing Scene interview, Marquez said that if Pacquiao does not choose to fight him again, he plans to challenge unbeaten American boxer Timothy Bradley Jr.
“If, for any reason, (the) Pacquiao (fight) does not materialize, we will go against Timothy Bradley in November,” Marquez said.
Top Rank chief executive Bob Arum earlier said that if Pacquiao chooses to fight Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto in a rematch, a Bradley-Marquez clash will be possible.
Pacquiao will return to the ring either on December 1 or November 10, and is considering rematches against Marquez, Bradley and Cotto.
But Marquez and his promoter, Fernando Beltran, remain confident that they are the front-runners to face Pacquiao.
“We are first in line,” Beltran said.
“The first scenario is to face Pacquiao again, and that’s almost a fact, but in this business anything can happen,” Marquez said.
Beltran said that Marquez has “various options,” one of which was a fight with Bradley.
“There are several plans in place for Marquez in the remote chance that we do not go against Manny Pacquiao,” Beltran said. “There are opponents for Juan Manuel Marquez who will turn out to be a success in every aspect.”
If Marquez does face Bradley, it will be at the welterweight division with Bradley’s World Boxing Organization title on the line.