It appears the long wait to find out Manny Pacquiao's next opponent may finally be at an end. Earlier today ESPN's Dan Rafael reported that Top Rank promoter Bob Arum has all but declared a fourth fight with rival Juan Manuel Marquez a done deal.
From Rafael's story, Arum said:
We're having a meeting about Manny's next fight and to get everything finalized. My goal is to finalize the Marquez fight, but I have to meet with (Koncz).
I'll admit it, I've had my fingers crossed for this one. These are two of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters of their generation, perfectly matched in terms of style to provide close, thrilling wars.
Their first three fights were classics. There's no reason not to expect the fourth to be the same.
The official record between these two stands at two wins for Pacquiao and a draw. The second fight in 2008 was a split decision. Last November's tilt was a majority decision.
These two have been razor close over the course of 36 rounds.
And I'm pretty sure I'm not in a minority among boxing writers when I declare that the record should really read the other way around. By my scoring, it should be two wins for Marquez, and a draw.
I had Marquez winning in 2008 and again last November.
And I'm picking him again this time around.