LAS VEGAS — The press tour for the fourth bout between southpaw Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez will visit Los Angeles, New York and Mexico City, respectively, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of next week, Top Rank announced on Friday.
Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 knockouts) has chosen to face Marquez (54-6-1, 39 KOs) over a rematch with Tim Bradley (29-0, 12 KOs), whose controversial split-decision in June dethroned Pacquiao as the WBO’s 147-pound titleholder and ending his 15-bout winning streak that included eight stoppages.
Marquez lost by disputed majority decision in November to Pacquiao, with whom he has also battled to a draw and lost by split-decision previously.
“Obviously, this is the fight that I like to call it once and for all,” said Top Rank CEO Bob Arum of the match up of Pacquiao and Marquez, the latter of whom is coming off April’s unanimous decision over Sergei Fedchenko for the WBO’s junior welterweight crown.
“That’s because this is going to determine who is the better fighter. There has been so much controversy surrounding the last three fights, that hopefully, one way or another, this match will have a definitive winner.”
Monday’s press conference will be at noon the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles, ‘with Wednesday’s being at 11 a.m. at the Edison Ballroom in New York’s Time Square.
Details are still to come for Friday’s Mexico City event, which will be open to the public.
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