Report: Pacquiao to Fight JMM or Bradley in November, Possibly Mayweather in '13
The opponent for Manny Pacquiao's November 10 bout won't be known until a meeting between Top Rank promoter Bob Arum and Pacquiao, scheduled to take place in the beginning of August.
According to BoxingScence.com, Bradley and Marquez are reportedly the two fighters on the short list Pacquiao will chose from for his November showdown.
A rematch with Bradley (29-0, 12 KOs) will give Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KOs) a chance to avenge his controversial loss (per ESPN)—his first loss since 2005—that occurred at the hands of the judges this past June.
A fourth showdown with Marquez (54-6-1, 39 KOs) would give us a final bout between the two rivals, hopefully with a clear-cut winner, as the previous three fights ended with most feeling Marquez won at least one, if not two of the bouts.
In addition to Pacquiao's November bout, there is a possible fight for Pacquiao that is being planned for the first half of next year.
According to the BoxingScene.com article, there have been secretive talks about setting up the mega-fight the world has been waiting almost four years to go down, Pacquiao and fellow pound-for-pound great, Floyd Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs), sometime in the beginning of 2013.
Reportedly, the fight is being pushed to fulfill the the wishes of fans worldwide to see the two best pound-for-pound fighters of their generation finally settle the debate over who is the best in the ring.
Will Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather throw down in 2013?
This is a big development, as having the tentative groundwork laid out for a deal before Mayweather is out of jail will make things that much easier to negotiate.
One would hope that the biggest area of the negotiations is the amount each fighter will be paid, as that seems to be the one hang up in setting up Pacquiao vs. Mayweather.
Mayweather has stated that he won't take an even 50/50 split (per BoxingScene.com), and that stance will most likely have to change in order for the fight to be signed.
If the deal can satisfy Mayweather's pocket enough, then the dream fight could be happening sometime early next year, much to the delight of fans across the globe.
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