SEVEN YEARS AGO: An up-and-coming star boxer Manny Pacquiao sends Juan Manuel Marquez to the canvas during their 2004 fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The bout ended in a draw. Both fighters are future Hall of Famers.  (AP file photo)


MANILA — Manny Pacquiao is already looking forward to his third fight with Juan Manuel Marquez.

Tuloy na poyun. Abangan nyo (It’s on. Watch out for it),” the reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion told ABS-CBN during Sunday’s victory party for his latest win.

Pacquiao has yet to sign the fight contract as he awaits the arrival of his adviser, Michael Koncz, from the United States.

But even without it, his mind seemed set on the fight.

When Koncz arrives, he brings with him the fight contract that was prepared by promoter Bob Arum, and signed by Marquez as early as last week in Los Angeles.

Koncz said they’re in no hurry in making Pacquiao sign the contract because the Filipino icon has to go through it, especially when it comes to the purse.

Pacquiao should get no less than $20 million in guaranteed purse, just the same amount he received for the Shane Mosley bout, and a couple millions more on the upside.

Marquez is guaranteed $5 million, and should thank Pacquiao for it.

But it doesn’t mean he’d roll over and die on Nov. 12 in Las Vegas, because if he wins, then he gets more.

The contract states that in case Marquez beats Pacquiao this time, after two failed attempts in 2004 (a draw) and 2008 (a split decision), he gets $10 million for another rematch.

Regardless of all the other details of the contract, what’s important is that Pacquiao also wants the fight, and through his words, it can be said that it’s green and go.

Last Saturday, Pacquiao graced a golf tournament somewhere in Pampanga, north of Manila, and a few precious items were auctioned off among the participants.

The boxing gloves which Pacquiao wore during the Oscar De La Hoya fight reportedly fetched P500,000, and Pacquiao was so moved he offered the buyer free ringside tickets “for the Marquez fight.”

The boxer’s close friend, former Ilocos Sur Gov. Chavit Singson, hosted the lavish party for the boxer at the Corinthian Gardens main clubhouse the other night.

It was a star-studded affair celebrating Pacquiao’s lopsided victory over Mosley at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas more than two weeks ago.

Among those who joined the celebration was former President Joseph Estrada.

“He’s the best fighter that the Philippines has ever produced and the whole country is very proud of him,” Estrada told ABS-CBN.


To many, it was a surprise to see Estrada together with Singson, who blew the whistle on the former president, leading to his downfall.

Now, thanks to Pacquiao, they’re back together, as friends it seems.

Last week, they both went to General Santos City for the grand birthday bash of the boxer’s mother, Mommy Dionisia.

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