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Will it be serenade or strangle from Bob Arum?


Everything hinges on how promoter Bob Arum would strum the strings of his tested dollar guitar when he serenades Mexican boxing great Juan Manuel Marquez today.

Arum should not give Señor Marquez time to fret.

He should move right away and spring the enormous bait.

He should make sure it’s huge, enticing enough for Marquez to reconsider his earlier stand that there’s no need anymore for a fifth fight with Manny Pacquiao.

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Arum may have, in fact, been coming a little late for dinner today.

Before the dollar serenade was scheduled, Marquez’s trusted long-time mentor, the legendary Nacho Beristain, had announced his stand.

He did not want that hotly pursued fifth fight against Pacquiao. Period.

There was nothing more to prove, the great trainer who has produced over 20 world champions stressed.

Then the other day, no less than Don Jose Sulaiman, unsinkable, overstaying president of the World Boxing Council (WBC), said there’s simply no sane point in seeking a fifth fight with the former pound-for-pound king from the Philippines that JuanMa had lustily vanquished.

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Don Jose was straight to the point: “For what does he (Marquez) need a fifth fight for? It’s just for money. The money is just a short-term plan.”

Continued Don Jose: “At 39, with a beautiful family, you are raising the level of risk to your health… what you have to look at is age and one big punch can remove the happiness from your life in the future.”

Señor Sulaiman went  on to assure that his recommendation was “sincere, respectful and affectionate.”

Well said. However, don’t be too sure the sincere and affectionate advice would not be drowned out once the great Mr. Arum starts to strum his dollar guitar.

It’s like this. While Marquez was said to have made only $6 million (against $23 million by Pacquiao) in their last encounter,  expect Arum to promise the sky at dinner today.

Then, if the sweet serenade doesn’t work, Uncle Bob could only be expected to resort to a win-win move, the tested double barrel dollar strangle.

In fact, this may be the exact move that had caused Pacquiao to shirk from his scheduled return match against Tim Bradley last year.

It’s also history now how that dollar-infested decision on the part of Pacquiao had resulted into “a one punch that can remove the happiness from his life in the future.”

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Meanwhile, Filipino information technology (IT) consultant Manny Bulatao has called in to explain that he did bare his stint as lecturer at the University of California in Berkeley “because of the honor of being part of a State U like the UP.”

Bulatao, who has offered a few words of advice to Pacquiao in approaching his next fight, clarified that “UC doesn’t pay $1,000 an hour, but only $75.”

“Being a State U, we have to contribute talent as a way of giving back,” he added. “Pay is based on non-commercial basis. It’s large private corporations who can pay $1,000.”

Sorry for the misquotation. My apologies if I had unwittingly made Mr. Bulatao a probable target of tireless taxmen.

He was not hiding anything.

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  • Marshall

    wala na si Boy Tulog ..Osla na kase talaga.

  • AllaMo

    MP had best be careful about the 5th tussle with JMM that he wishes for, he just might get it. The only way he can win is if he goes back to being a dedicated boxer, sans all the baggage he has accumulated. But, with a political dynasty in the making to add to his over-flowing plate, he won’t. Ergo, he’ll never make it as a boxer again. Anyway, its easier to make manny in politics.

  • noypisiTED

    Juan Manuel Marquez ought to heed his mentors’, Beristain and Sulaiman, advice. The latter’s “happiness in the future” counsel is loaded with wisdom. Bob Arum now chases Marquez because he knew Pacquiao is restless and wants to get even and snatch back the ‘happiness’ within that got elusive since the ignominious fall he got from Marquez’s tectonic punch. All’s not about money. Genuine happiness has no price tag and Pacquiao in spite of his mansions, flashy cars and fat bank accounts knew that from deep inside. Marquez knew that too such that he will not fall on Arum’s moneyed serenade.

  • Wilfredo Andaluz

    Right , but , Marquez even he knockrd – out Pac , he will be remembered ducking Pac in the 5th fight , because , he is afraid to lose again , because his win was just a good luck and happened in 1 second left in the 6 rounds . And if not of that carelessness of Pac , he would have won if the rounds would continue , because , Pac was ahead in the scorecards of the judges before the knock – out , that’s why Marquez is reluctant to give Pac a 5th fight and decided to duck Pac . Afraid to lose .

    • azkal futbol

      afraid of what? marquez’ previous claim that he won the earlier fights were concluded with the fourth fight — he proved in the fourth fight that he was indeed the winner, and the decisions went to paquiao because he was more sellable. marquez is inly wise and better thinker than paquiao – greed and money never went to his head…

  • Estee Muri

    Well, I hope  JUan Marquez  will not be persuaded to  have a fifth  fight againt Pacquiao. He already had obtained the glory of  Knocking out Pacquiao. That Glory is his alone and  he should be smart  to  hold on to that glory, unlike Pacquaio, he already had  the glory of  being  a boxer with  7 titles, but yet still because of  GREED FOR MONEY ,ayun sigue ng sigue at ayun  dalawang beses ng natalo  iyong pangalawa ay sapol si Pacquiao . Pacquaio has already everything  .tsk.tsk.tsk… pag winagayway ni Demonyong Arum na iyan  ay Dollar in front  of the eyes of Pacquaio si Pacquaio  ay naduduling  sa  katitingin  .I am for Pacquaio before , but now?
    If he will  fight  and  be defeated again! I guess many will say GOOD RIDDANCE !

    • Jerry San Juan

      hey its just not about the money, marquez was claiming he won the 3 fights before the 4th happened and manny wanted to shut him up thats why he chose to fight marquez instead of bradley, have you ever seen the HBO pac vs marquez 4 countdown episodes? manny and roach are always saying that the reason of the 4th fight was to totally shut marquez up.  marquez is declining the 5th fight because he know himself that he just got lucky because manny got careless. you dont know anything about boxing.

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