His fifth fight against Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao still hangs in limbo though Juan Manuel Marquez beat Mike Alvarado on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) at The Forum arena in Los Angeles, California.
The Mexican Marquez rallied from a ninth-round knockdown to win a unanimous decision over Alvarado in a 12-round non-title welterweight fight.
“I have no any idea yet who will be Pacquiao’s next opponent but I will go to Macau on May 31 and meet the Top Rank Promotion to negotiate. I can’t say anything about it [Marquez’s victory over Alvarado],” Pacquiao’s long time adviser Mike Koncz told The Manila Times in a phone interview.
“I’m with Manny now in Gen San and we haven’t talked about his next fight. We did not also watch the Marquez-Alvarado fight yesterday. We will explore the best possible option,” Koncz added.
With his win against Alvarado (34-3 win-loss with 23 knockouts), the Mexican four-weight division world titleholder Marquez (56-7-1 with 40 knockouts) becomes the mandatory challenger of Pacquiao that is now the current World Boxing Organization welterweight champion.
Asked if he wants to fight “Pacman” one more time, Marquez sounded more like a promoter than a challenger.
“I don’t know at the moment, but whatever decision it will be good for me, my family, and all my Mexican fans.”
Marquez knocked out Pacquiao cold in the sixth round of their fourth fight in December 2012.
WITH REPORT FROM AFP