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Manny Pacquiao close to picking Dec. opponent

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10:03 AM ET 09.01 | Manny Pacquiao could decide on his next opponent by this weekend, and Miguel Cotto appears to be out of the running, Pacquiao's promoter said Friday. Promoter Bob Arum said Pacquiao has told one of his advisors that he expects to choose either a rematch with Timothy Bradley or a fourth fight against Juan Manuel Marquez. Arum said the fight will be Dec. 8 in Las Vegas, most likely at MGM Grand. Bradley, the unbeaten Palm Springs fighter, won a highly controversial split-decision over Pacquiao on June 9 at MGM Grand. Bradley has been urging the Filipino superstar to seek revenge with a rematch in another world welterweight title fight. Yet, Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 knockouts) has also been briefed by his promoter Arum, and others, about the value of fighting Marquez (54-6-1, 39 KOs) again.

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September 1, 2012  11:20 AM ET

I know it's easy money, but come Manny, it's time to hang the gloves up!!! I just wish you could have had a chance to fight Mayweather years ago, when you both were in your prime, but it didn't happen, now it's time to move on.

September 2, 2012  01:07 AM ET

I cant help but look at his photo and think he should be in the cast of Cirque du Soleil

September 2, 2012  04:15 PM ET

The money fight is Bradley....well, besides you know who. Nobody, and I mean nobody wants to see Pac-Man fight JMM again.

September 3, 2012  01:34 AM ET

eeny meeny minney moe

September 4, 2012  05:39 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

The money fight is Bradley....well, besides you know who. Nobody, and I mean nobody wants to see Pac-Man fight JMM again.

true.....true

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September 6, 2012  09:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

The money fight is Bradley....well, besides you know who. Nobody, and I mean nobody wants to see Pac-Man fight JMM again.

The money should have been Sergio. Bradley fight is predictable. No way Pac would even make him last past the third round.

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September 6, 2012  12:25 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

The money fight is Bradley....well, besides you know who. Nobody, and I mean nobody wants to see Pac-Man fight JMM again.

ESPECIALLY Pac since Marquez is such a risk....

September 6, 2012  12:26 PM ET
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The money should have been Sergio. Bradley fight is predictable. No way Pac would even make him last past the third round.

? Bradley beat Pac....

September 6, 2012  02:08 PM ET

Boxing sucks

September 6, 2012  04:53 PM ET

Pac - Man is looking old.

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September 7, 2012  12:21 PM ET

Fight Bradley, KO in 5, hang em up; easiest decision ever. $25 million goes a long way in the Phillippines.....

September 7, 2012  02:14 PM ET

Agree with fighting Timothy Bradley again, hopefully winning then hanging them up.... but he won't.

September 7, 2012  09:21 PM ET
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Boxing sucks

It does when you cant fight!

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September 10, 2012  08:28 AM ET

the reason boxing is dying is written right into the title of this thread....PAC close to PICKING his opponent....whatever governing body whose title Pac holds should be scheduling the best opponent they can find...Pac should have ZERO say in who it is as long as it's the same weight class...

 
September 10, 2012  09:10 AM ET
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? Bradley beat Pac....

Uuh I do remember but the rematch is pointless.

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