MANILA, Philippines – The brisk ticket sales for the Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez fight in December proves that the Filipino champ remains popular among boxing fans, according to a fight analyst.
Examiner’s Michael Marley said fans are still expecting the Filipino congressman to come up with an exciting fight, especially against his greatest rival Marquez.
“The Pacquiao Popularity Well has hardly gone dry. People still want to believe that Pacman can produce a crowd-pleasing scrap, one worth their hard-earned live gate or PPV (pay-per-view) TV investment,” said Marley.
Top Rank earlier reported that more than 13,000 tickets were sold since they went on sale on Friday.
Marley said the strong ticket sales also showed Marquez’s drawing power, proving that the counterpunching specialist remains Mexico’s most popular boxer.
“Marquez remains Mexico's Fistic King, although a princeling named [Saul] Canelo is obviously the heir apparent not only to Juan Ma but a possible breakthrough superstar whose fan base may someday equal that of Grand Campeon, JC [Julio Cesar] Chavez Sr.,” he said.
Pacquiao is set to meet Marquez for the fourth time on December 8 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
The eight-division champion has decided to have another go at Marquez instead of trying to reclaim the World Boxing Organization welterweight belt from Timothy Bradley.
“Uncle Bob Arum was not misguided when he steered Pacman away from a rematch with Tim Bradley,” said Marley.