Beltran said that he has been discussing the Marquez-Peterson possibility for The Dallas Cowboys’ Stadium with Top Rank CEO Bob Arum, who has set a potential return for Pacqucio to be on June 9 if Mayweather is not chosen.
Mayweather is slated to begin a 90-day jail sentence staring on June 1, and has targeted May 5 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for his next bout.
But Arum and Pacquiao’s advisor, Michael Koncz, have dismissed that date for Mayweather-Pacquiao, citing their camp’s desire to construct a 40,000-seat, temporary outdoor venue on the Las Vegas strip in late May or early-June to maximize revenue.
“I think that a great place to do the Peterson fight would be with [Dallas Cowboys' owner] Mr. Jerry Jones at the Dallas Cowboys’ Stadium,” said Beltran.
“I’ve been talking to my partner, Bob Arum, about it. It could be in Las Vegas. It could happen in July. If it’s April, then it could be in Mexico.”
Arum said that an opponent already has been chosen for Pacquiao in the event that negotiations are not worked out for a clash with Mayweather, “but nobody knows who that is except for me, Manny and Michael Koncz.”
“When everything settles down with Manny next week, I’ll talk to [Peterson's manager and trainer] Barry [Hunter,] and if Barry likes the fight, there’s good money in it, hopefully, then we’ll make that fight,” said Arum.
“But I want to make it plain that I haven’t talked to Marquez about it, and I haven’t talked to Barry about it. But I think that it would be a tremendous fight. I would love to make that match if one of them is not selected to fight Manny.”
Pacquiao is coming off November’s controversial majority decision over Marquez that most ringsiders thought Marquez had won. Marquez battled through a draw and a split-decision loss to Pacquiao previously.
Arum told RingTV.com that he would look to match Cotto, of Puerto Rico, against Mexican middleweight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. if Chavez gets beyond next month’s defense of his WBC crown against Marco Antonio Rubio and Cotto is not picked to face Pacquiao.
Doing the math, does that take Cotto, Marquez, Mayweather and Peterson out of the equation and leave Bradley?
Not necessarily, said Arum.
“No, no, no, no. It’s if they’re not picked,” said Arum. “They’re great guys. Great fighters.”
Bradley signed with Arum in October with the goal of facing Pacquiao, and debuted under the Top Rank Inc. banner on the Pacquiao-Marquez III under card in November with an eighth-round knockout of former four-time titleholder and Cuban Olympic gold medalist Joel Casamayor.
Asked whom he thought would get the nod against Pacquiao, Beltran’s first guess was Cotto. Although Beltran said he is “pretty sure the fight is going to happen” between Marquez and Peteson, he has not given up on a fourth bout between Pacquiao and Marquez.
“Manny is one of the greatest guys in the world, and we respect him, and he’s my very good friend,” said Beltran. “I know that he will not want to end his career without fighting Marquez again.”
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