Juan Manuel Marquez to Return in May By Steve Kim, MaxBoxing (Jan 5, 2010)
Believe it or not, as the New Year begins, there are other things going on besides the mediation to stop the negotiation insanity between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather.
But just barely, it seems.
"My whole focus is really on this fight, here, on the Mayweather-Pacquiao," said Golden Boy Promotions CEO, Richard Schaefer, from his offices in Los Angeles on Monday afternoon. "But we do have May 1st for Juan Manuel Marquez. The MGM Grand is on board and I just talked to my matchmakers to come up with a card. One idea I had was to maybe see if we can do a rematch between Marquez and Juan Diaz; since it was such a terrific fight."
Last February, Marquez stopped Diaz in nine rounds in Houston, Texas, to punctuate what was already a stirring battle. Another option could be WBO interim lightweight titlist, Michael Katsidis. Marquez, who was last seen losing a welterweight bout to Mayweather back in September, still holds the WBO 135-pound strap. Of that possibility, Schaefer said, "Absolutely, yes."
This pay-per-view show will focus in on Golden Boy’s vast stable of Latin talent; like Sergio Mora, who just recently signed on with the company.
"I just talked to my matchmakers, they got back today and so I said come up with a good card," said Schaefer.
When it comes to “The Executioner,” Schaefer told Maxboxing, "I continue to have conversations with Bernard Hopkins opponents. I’ve been having continuing conversations with the (Lucian) Bute people and I had some further conversations with Roy Jones and with Danny Green, as well."
Is there a front-runner among that trio?
"No," said Schaefer, "I think they’re all pretty close, I have to say."
Either way, look for his return to take place sometime in April.
As most of you know by now, on Tuesday afternoon, mediation will take place between the camps of both Pacquiao and Mayweather; which will be presided over by the respected Daniel Weinstein; a retired judge, who helped bring about the truce between Top Rank and Golden Boy back in 2007.
Yeah, it’s gotten that ridiculous. This fight -which is amazingly enough tougher to consummate than sneaking into the White House, nowadays- has resorted to this.
Most observers believe that eventually a deal will be struck. But what if it isn’t? Here are a few suggestions: If President Obama isn’t too busy and doesn’t have any other pressing issues, I suggest he sit everyone down for another “Beer Summit.” If he’s busy, I suggest calling in Bill Clinton. Hey, if he can get those two girls out of North Korea and play nice with Kim Jong-Il, then this guy can make miracles happen. Or they can go old-school and call in Henry Kissinger.
But regardless, either fish or cut bait, this whole process became tiresome long ago.
NEW YEARS FLURRIES
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