Bradley next for Pacquiao in September if Marquez says no

03/04/2013 18:08

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum said he is still trying to put together a fifth fight between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez in September and put the fight in one of the Venetian hotel-casinos in Macau or Singapore. But if Marquez says no to the fight, Arum will turn to WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley for a rematch.

Arum is scouting out hotels in Macau, China and Singapore for Pacquiao's September fight because it will enable him to avoid having a big chunk of his purse taken from him in taxes, which is what happens when Pacquiao fights in the U.S.

"The thing we're waiting on is which one of the hotels they want to do it at." Arum said.

Although Arum, who is in Macau this week for the fight card on Saturday night featuring Olympic gold medalist Zou Shiming of China in his pro debut,  will settle for Bradley as an opponent for Pacquiao, he really wants Marquez, who brings a lot of Mexican fans when he fights and a huge portion of the pay-per-view money comes from the Mexican fans purchasing the fight.

With Bradley, he doesn't have that fan base whereas a Pacquiao-Marquez fifth fight will easily draw over 1 million buys this time with Marquez having knocked Pacquiao out in the sixth round last December.

Either way Arum will look to pump up Pacquiao's status in the boxing community after losing his last two fights, a disputed points loss to Bradley in June and then  to Marquez, and avenge the defeats.