Arum said that he did not get a clear answer from Marquez, but he gave the Mexican warriors several options, which includes a possible title fight against Timothy Bradley and Brandon Rios if ever they will emerge victorious in their upcoming defense of their respective titles.
In an interview, Arum said: “I said, ‘you can fight (Timothy) Bradley if he can beat (Ruslan) Provodnikov. You can fight Brandon Rios if Rios beats (Mike) Alvarado (in their rematch). Or you can fight Manny Pacquiao again’. So he said, ‘I understand that the money is different for me’ which I meant as depending on which fight he takes.”
The Top Rank honcho also added that Marquez is planning to be on the ringside in Bradley’s upcoming defense of his World Boxing Organization title on March 16 in Las Vegas and will also grace the Rios vs Alvarado bout two weeks later.
Marquez is also set to join Arum to watch the April 6 card in Macau that will feature Filipino champion Brian Viloria, who will defend his WBO and WBA lightweight titles against Juan Estrada of Mexico.
Arum added: “Independently, I am arranging for Pacquiao and his wife, Jinkee, to also come that weekend for that show as well on April 6 so at that particularly point, Marquez will have a better idea of what he wants to do. If he chooses Pacquiao, which I believe he will, then any kind of negotiations can be worked out right there. We can also determine how realistic it is to make the fight in either Macau or Singapore.”
If Marquez chooses to fight Bradley, Pacquiao will go up against Rios or the other way around, and then the Pacquiao vs Marquez 5 bout will be scheduled next year.
“If Marquez fights one of the guys, then Manny could then fight the other guy and then we could do their fifth fight in 2014. That’s a possibility,” Arum pointed out.