The two boxers who stained Manny Pacquiao's record last year are reportedly set to fight each other in September, as the Filipino boxing icon's next bout could be against WBA lightweight champion Mike Alvarado.
Juan Manuel Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KOs), who knocked out Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs) last December, told ESPN Deportes Radio he plans to challenge WBo welterweight champ Timothy Bradley Jr. (30-0-0, 12 KOs), who won a split decision over Pacquiao also last year.
Marquez said he was given two choices for his next opponent: Bradley Jr. and Mexican-American fighter Mike Alvarado (34-1-0, 23 KOs). He chose the former.
"I like challenges, Bradley would be a difficult fight for me. Apart from being world champion, it would be a challenge to fight him and win another big challenge title in a fifth division, which for me is something that filled me with pride to have the opportunity to do," he said.
This move could likely leave Pacquiao the option to fight Alvarado, which bout will take place in Macau this October.
Vic Lombardi of CBS Denver first reported the news of possible fight on Twitter, after talking to Alvarado's manager.
"Alvarado and his manager Henry Delgado are flying out to negotiate a contract tomorrow. Alvarado-Pacquaio in October," he tweeted.
"According to Delgado, the fight is happening. They just need to negotiate money now. That's straight from Alvarado's manager," another tweet read.