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Manny Pacquiao’s Next Opponent Is…

Submitted by on September 12, 2012 – 1:38 pmOne Comment

No, Manny Pacquiao‘s December 8th fight will not be against Floyd Mayweather, as several reports suggested. With Mayweather recently getting out of jail and the magnitude of the fight, it is highly unlikely that Mayweather would take a fight without the proper preparation considering that he is a gym rat. So there goes that idea (again).

No, it doesn’t appear to be a rematch with Timothy Bradley — who controversially defeated Pacquiao in June. Which is strange considering that Pacquiao initially stated that he’d exercise his rematch clause to exact revenge on Bradley. Many assumed that the first fight was fixed just to make the rematch a bigger fight. There goes that idea.

Who is left?

Well, it appears that a fourth fight with Juan Manuel Marquez has become the front runner. With Miguel Cotto taking on Austin Trout in his backyard of NYC in December, Pacquiao’s last option is to face the man who could very well be 3-0 instead of 0-2-1 against the Filipino. Bob Arum spoke to Yahoo Sports to say that talks have been initiated but no deal has been confirmed.

“We are hopeful we can work out deals with both guys and come to terms for a fight on Dec. 8,” Arum told Yahoo! Sports on Monday, but insisted contract terms hadn’t been reached. “If they had been, I would tell you.”

Earlier Monday, Arum said no decision had been made and said that Pacquiao was planning to fly to the U.S. on Thursday to meet with him to discuss his plans.

But they opted to focus on making a deal with Marquez later in the day.

Pacquiao and Marquez have fought in 2004, 2008 and 2011, with all three contests being extremely close. The duo fought to a draw in 2004 and met again in 2008 with yet another fight that could have gone either way. However, when the faced off in 2011, many thought that Pacquiao had surpassed Marquez considering that he was being called the #1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world. But Marquez took the fight to Pacquiao and by the time the final bell sounded, most had Marquez winning the fight. Unfortunately, judges saw it the other way as Pacquiao took the decision.

This may be the most competitive fight outside of Mayweather, but what if Marquez wins? Will they fight again considering that the series would be 1-2-1?

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