It appears as though the latest Manny Pacquiao sweepstakes is "95 percent" done.
BoxingScene.com reports that a fourth fight against Juan Manuel Marquez is basically a done deal and will most likely take place in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Dec. 8, 2012. That means that boxing fans, as well as the "Filipino Wrecking Machine," will have to wait a little while longer to see him exact revenge against Timothy Bradley, who somehow took a split decision home back in June 2012.
It also means that the "dream" bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr. has once again been put on pause, even though "Money" declared shortly after being released from prison that he wanted to fight Pacqiao next, but his promoter, Bob Arum, and a drug test issue were standing in the way.
Oh well ... Marquez it is, who in the past has given Pacquiao fits inside the squared circle.
Indeed, Marquez is probably the least desirable match up for Pacquiao. The legendary Mexican veteran, in the eyes of many, should have won their third encounter back in Nov. 2011; however, the judges awarded Pacquiao with a majority decision.
The pair first met in 2004, battling to a a disappointing draw in an incredibly action-packed scrap. Three years later they ran it back, this time with Pacquiao earning the split decision bout -- in yet another nail biter -- thanks in large part to an early knockdown.
Indeed, Marquez has never topped Pacquiao in three attempts, but his effort and performance in each contest has been nothing short of spirited. It's far from ideal on paper, but with Mayweather unwilling and Bradley seemingly uninteresting, Marquez is the man for the mission.
Will the fourth time be the charm?
Remember that Pacquiao vs. Marquez 4 is scheduled to take place on the same night as the loaded UFC on Fox 5: "Henderson vs. Diaz," which will feature a main event between Ben Henderson against number one contender Nate Diaz.
Oh what a night.