A little less than two weeks ago, Juan Manuel Marquez outpointed Mike Alvarado on HBO in a fight that was billed, more or less, as an eliminator to face Manny Pacquiao in November. But is Marquez, who seemed disinterested in the topic of Pacquiao in the post-fight interview, going to take the fight?
In the past, Marquez has twice declined fights against Pacquiao—with disastrous results. In 2005, he turned down a major payday (which he felt was too small) to face “Pacman” and went on to lose to Chris John in his next start for $35,000. Last year, Marquez opted to face Timothy Bradley instead of taking a fifth fight against Pacquiao in order to pursue a championship at welterweight. He dropped a close decision to Bradley last October in Las Vegas. This time, money and/or titles are unlikely to be issues during negotiations.
Instead, the obstacle may wind up being a question of PEDs.