Just days after his shocking split-decision loss to Timothy Bradley, former WBO champ, Manny Pacquiao and his promoter, Top Rank President Bob Arum, have reportedly confirmed that the eight-division champ will face Juan Manuel Marquez for a fourth time in November, instead of a rematch with Bradley according to the Manila Standard.
The Manila Standard also reported that Pacquiao's strength and conditioning coach, Alex Ariza also stated that "Pac-Man" would face Marquez in November.
This means that the highly speculated rematch between Pacquiao and Bradley will have to wait until 2013, as Ariza said Bradley would be in line after the fourth go-round with Marquez.
Although it would seem to make sense to get the Bradley fight out of the way first—as he suffered a loss at the hands of the judges in that bout—Pacquiao has also had a trio of controversial decisions in his three previous fights with Marquez. Vindicating his wins in those bouts must be on top of Pac-Man's to-do list before he retires.
There is no word to how this will affect the speculated September 15th bout (per fightnews.com) between Marquez and Erik Morales, but logic would suggest that the Morales bout would be put off until after Pacquiao vs. Marquez lV.
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