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5th fight biggest ever, says Arum


HOLLYWOOD—The fifth fight between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez is in the works. And it’s going to be colossal—boxing’s biggest ever.

Promoter Bob Arum said the quintology would be so huge it could eclipse the dream Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. showdown.

That is why Arum wants to make sure that everything is done right for a fifth Pacquiao-Marquez bout to happen.

Arum told The Times’ Lance Pugmire that a return fight on April 20 is no longer feasible.

This is so, he said, because the injuries sustained by both Pacquiao and Marquez in their brutal encounter Saturday night needed time to heal and it would need considerable time to promote a fight of such magnitude.

Though the original timetable was for Pacquiao to fight again on April 20, Arum said this has been shelved due to the shocking knockout loss he suffered against Marquez at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Arum, who turned 81 during Pacquiao-Marquez 4, said he is considering the worldwide attention given to Saturday’s stunning outcome.

“No. 5 is now the biggest fight in boxing, bigger than Pacquiao-Mayweather,” Arum said. “The idea we’d be ready to fight April 20 is ludicrous.”

Arum declined, however, to give an exact date for the next Pacquiao-Marquez fight.

He said he expects to keep Pacquiao-Marquez in the United States, with Las Vegas again the first-choice venue.

Though his star fighter Pacquiao lost, Arum was elated by early reports that Pacquiao-Marquez 4 surpassed expectations. If the numbers are right on the dot, the fourth edition will eclipse the 1.25 million buys generated by the third tiff.

“This fight shows the health of the sport,” Arum said. “‘Great fight’ shown all over it. The knockout happening right in front of the guy who was almost president of the United States, Mitt Romney. It puts the sport back in the mainstream.”

Meanwhile, Pacquiao and his wife Jinkee, who spent a night at their $2-million house near Hancock Park here, took the Monday night flight home in time for the birthday of their son Michael on Wednesday.

Pacquiao will celebrate his 34th birthday on Dec. 17 in General Santos City.

According to Pacquiao’s adviser, Michael Koncz, the Pacquiao family will leave on Dec. 19 for their return flight to Israel, where they will spend Christmas and New Year.

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Tags: Boxing , Juan Manuel Marque , Manny Pacquiao

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_V6JTYBZXUSXIDCD67ACZK7NUKM Joseph

    He doesn’t care that his fighter lost… he gets paid either way!

  • ShineMother

    Biggest fight, for your pocket!

    ~Ulul ka Arum. For once sasang-ayon ako sa isang Aling Dionisia: Ginagawa mong hayop ang mga boksingero.

  • ethan ralph siapuetco

    a sequel movie that first viewed the ending is always interesting to watch,
    because you will not understand the whole story plot if you not complete the sequel 
    and the action, explosives, effects, thrilling, excitement and suspensed that brings this two fighters to the boxing world is mind blowing

    and this time i will watch with popcorn 0(‘-’)0

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JA4J2SQCQGPPDS2MCQNA6XNN3M Glenn Alfiler

    natapakan na naman ng paa ni manny sa laban sabay ng solid punch anduon review nyo….talagang pinag-aralan ang gagawin…walang lucky punch doon…

  • Fulpol

    as what I predicted, 5th fight is coming….

    • http://www.facebook.com/winda.yambao Winda Santos Yambao

      business men

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W6H5DZKUQTUASP4S6CGTK7B3E4 kevin

    I’Ts ok,,i really enjoy boxing…even i don’t order PPV …..

  • azkal futbol

    will it be 50-50 or marquez getting the bigger share of the pie? a paquiao fight is no better than an undercard fight. there are new talents out there, two aged boxers trying to retire richer, i hope none of them gets hurt really bad.

  • Roman31

    Hey Manny, remember whatever Arum says is for his self interest. He is there only for the money and not your welfare. Of course he would like a 5th meeting between you and Marquez. Maybe it will be a real big money earner, but most for his own interest. He thninks of you not as a human being but a money machine. You can’t blame him. That is his game. Think about it carefully. There is nothing more for you to prove. You have already put your country in the world map. You have other important things to do in life.

  • randyaltarejos

    Can it be held in the Philippines for the 5th time? I prefer Araneta Coliseum, madlang people!

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    F*&# you bob arum!  You’ve got one less PPV already! enough your selfish interest!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HV5PGL7TI6WR7K7HGG7K4A3MCE Run

      shut up, you don’t know how hard  it is to stop boxing specially when you know yourself that it was a lucky punch that hit you. 

      • Bisdak69

         LUCKY PUNCH? NGE!

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/JJQWTLMZH3NNIE2IJ46AOZAXAE Hannah Blake

        oh well, another lucky punch is coming when he fights marquez again on April. hahaha. pustahan?

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