Sep 20, 2008
Pacquiao Marquez Fight is a question on a lot of people minds after Juan Manuel Marquez beat Joel Casamayor by knocking him out in the 11th round. It seems that after fight the flurry of news in confusing manner regarding the possible Pacquiao Marquez Fight has come to the foreground.
Richard Schaefer on Pacquiao Marquez Fight: There’s no way Bob Arum and Pacquiao are going to fight him again, I don’t think Pacquiao wants anything to do with Juan Manuel Marquez any more... Juan Manuel Marquez will fight anyone. He’s never turned down anyone. Have you ever heard him turn down any opponent?
Manny Pacquiao on Pacquiao Marquez Fight: I’m willing to fight him any time. But since I will be the promoter, he must first accept all the conditions I will ask including a smaller purse. If he agrees to the conditions, I know he is fighting for honor and I will fight him. If not, he’s only after getting big purse.
Juan Manuel Marquez on Pacquiao Marquez Fight: The third fight will probably not happen, I already proved I beat Manny Pacquiao. I did my job in the ring, now, Manny and Oscar have to do their part.
Richard Schaefer on Pacquiao Marquez Fight: The money for Pacquiao-Marquez fight is there so it cannot be the money. Manny knows he could have made more money fighting Juan Manuel Marquez, far more money, than he made by fighting David Diaz in his last fight. So I think money is not a good excuse. I don't believe it. Pacquiao can say it as many times as he wants. I don't believe it.
I believe he knows Juan Manuel Marquez has his number and that he will beat him again. So he is going to try to find different fights, different avenues. Now he has the opportunity to go in with the most popular fighter in the world, Oscar De La Hoya, so yes, he is going to jump at that opportunity.
Is he going to win, is he going to lose? Irrespective of that, no doubt he will move down. He is not going to stay at 147 pounds and Juan Manuel Marquez will be waiting for him. I think a lot of it depends on what the outcome will be with the Oscar fight. If he will get knocked out badly by Oscar he may look for an easier fight. If he wins he may look for a fight with Ricky Hatton.
Bob Arum on Pacquiao Marquez Fight: Just ludicrous at this point because the job at hand is the fight with Oscar De La Hoya... De La Hoya is far from a tune-up fight... This is a very tough, very hard fight and addressing the issue of who the next opponent will be is ludicrous at this point... opponents out there far more lucrative and far more interesting than Marquez. Floyd Mayweather Jr may come out of retirement or Ricky Hatton. Who knows, who knows what the future is going to bring. We will look around after the De La Hoya fight and if we decide that the most lucrative fight, the best fight out there for him (Pacquiao) is Marquez, that’s the fight we are going to make.