Middleweight beltholder Peter Quillin could soon defend his WBO title against promotional stablemate Danny Jacobs.
Marquez 'impressed' Pacquiao in their first fight
Manny Pacquiao on his controversial draw with Juan Manuel Marquez in their first fight: "After I knocked Márquez down for third time in the first round, and I headed back to the corner, I was thinking 'It’s over.'"
In November, Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 knockouts) escaped with a highly disputed majority decision over Marquez (54-6-2, 39 KOs), with whom he has also battled to a draw and won a previous split decision.
Pacquiao floored Marquez three times in the first round of their initial meeting as featherweights in May of 2004, and dropped him once in the third round of their second as junior lightweights in March of 2008.
Pacquiao, who turns 34 on Dec. 17, chose to face Marquez over a return bout with Tim Bradley, whose controversial split decision in June dethroned Pacquiao as the WBO's 147-pound titleholder and ended his 15-bout winning streak that included eight stoppages.
Marquez, who turned 39 in August, rebounded with April's unanimous decision over Sergei Fedchenko for the WBO's junior welterweight belt.
In a training blog distributed by HBO, Pacquiao recalled his first bout with Marquez:
MONDAY, NOV. 12: "The first fight with Juan Manuel Márquez was very exciting. Everyone was saying that it was a matchup between the two best featherweights, and that was contagious to me. I trained very hard with Freddie Roach, and I was really looking forward to it.
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