CEO Richard Schaefer is trying to entice Juan Manuel Marquez to renew his promotional agreement with Golden Boy Promotionsand, according to ESPN.com, is dangling a possible junior welterweight title fight against Zab Judah as bait.
Schaefer and Marquez (52-2-1, 38 knockouts) met last week to discuss a multi-fight contract, beginning with a possible pay-per-view clash with Judah (41-6 28KOs) in July.
Rampant rumors have hinted that Marquez is interested in leaving Golden Boy, as Shane Mosley did before him, to pursue a fight with Manny Pacquiao, a Top Rank commodity.
"Marquez was interested," Schaefer told ESPN. "We're talking about it. We've made him a really good offer. That's all I really want to say. I'm not going to discuss what we talked about related to (Pacquiao.) That's nonproductive to discuss it in the media."
Judah, promoted by Kathy Duva of Main Events, has made no secret in recent weeks of his interest in fighting Marquez. He won the vacant IBF junior welterweight title on March 5 with a seventh-round TKO over Kaizer Mabuza.
Marquez is the reigning WBO lightweight titlteholder and also holds the WBA Super lightweight title. His most recent fight was a seventh-round TKO victory over Michael Katsidisin November.
<i>Dennis Tayloris editor/publisher of www.ringsideboxingshow.com and co-host of The Ringside Boxing Show</i>