Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Boxing Aficionados Pressure Marquez or Mayweather To Fight Pacquiao


By Alon Calinao Dy: It is now a trending news in different boxing forums that avid supporters of eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao are asking their idol to choose either Juan Manuel Marquez or Floyd Mayweather, Jr. as his next opponent, for these fighters will certainly bring excitement in the world.

Until now, there is no confirmation if it will come to fruition in the following months. Boxing fans are eagerly waiting for the latest update from Top Rank Bob Arum, a former US attorney in New York in the tax division and a founder of Top Rank Promotions.

Arum is still trying to convince Marquez till now to fight Pacquiao for a fifth time in exchange for a great deal of money. However, the Mexican warrior is making it hard to seal the deal and seems he is not interested to sign the contract.

Does it mean Arum will open the door to talk for possible mega-fight between Mayweather, Jr. and Pacquiao? I don't think so. It is premature to say that these two top boxing promotional companies in the world are working together to make the fight that everyone loves to see.

Pacquiao had told the media several times that "He is willing to fight the undefeated American boxer anytime, anywhere." Also, he already agreed for 24-hour drug test monitoring - before, during and after the fight.

As we all want to see the best fighters fight each other, their time is up. I would say that the numbers of fans who still hope for this prizefight to happen have significantly fell down over the past years. On several occasions, we have heard boxing aficionados air their grievances and disappoinments for this supposedly biggest fight of the year.