Mexican boxer Juan Manuel Marquez says yes to third match vs. Manny Pacquiao

( Mexican boxer Juan Manuel Marquez has signed an offer from Top Rank Promotions for a third bout against Filipino boxing champ Manny Pacquiao, reports GMA News Online.

Top Rank Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Bob Arum said yesterday that Marquez agreed to a fight at a catch weight of 144 pounds, with a guaranteed purse of $5 million for the Mexican boxer. Arum added that Golden Boy, Marquez’ promoter with which he hasn’t renewed a contract, needs to match Top Rank’s offer by next week or the match might take place on November 12 in Las Vegas.

GMA News Online quoted Marquez: "Let’s see what they (Golden Boy) offer. They must match the offer and also the weight." According to the Los Angeles Times, Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer said he plans to match the deal, which means they could have Marquez fight another opponent like welterweight world champion Victor Ortiz. Schaefer added that he has an open date booked September 17 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao and Marquez’ previous two fights have ended in controversial results. It was a draw in 2004 and a split decision in favor of Pacquiao in 2008, according to GMA News Online.

For more on this story, log on to GMA News Online and the Los Angeles Times.

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