Manny Pacquiao Will Fight Marquez Next If Mayweather Bout Doesn't Pan out

Mick Akers@@mickakersAnalyst IApril 19, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 12:  Juan Manuel Marquez (L) and Manny Pacquiao battle in the 10th round of their WBO world welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena November 12, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao retained his title with a majority decision victory.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Immediately after the decision was read that the third Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez bout was a read, a fourth bout was quickly speculated to happen and it will if Floyd Mayweather doesn't sign on to fight Pacman in the fall according to Boxing Scene.

Pacquiao's advisor, Michael Koncz, revealed that Marquez has been in planning since setting up the Timothy Bradley fight that takes place in June.

Koncz stated:

discussing the financials with some Showtime and HBO executives and then talking to Manny about it we decided it was better to do Bradley now and then entertain doing Marquez in the fall.

By "entertain Marquez in the fall," Koncz meant if the super-fight everyone wants to see doesn't pan out in the fall, then there will be a Marquez match.

(If Mayweather) is available and wants to fight we'll do Mayweather, if not we are certainly looking forward to having one final fight with Marquez.

As a fight with Mayweather seems more likely in 2013 than the fall of this year, the fourth and final showdown between Pacquiao and Marquez seems all but guaranteed later this year.

Marquez has one more fight lined up before the possible fall date with Pacquiao set to take place at Texas Stadium in Dallas on July 14th, and his likely opponent is Brandon Rios—a fighter also coming off one of the more controversial decisions in recent memory. 

All though we all would like to see Pacquiao-Mayweather go down this fall, seeing the fourth and final bout between Pacquiao and Marquez to settle the controversy once and for all is a nice consolation prize for boxing fans worldwide.