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One thing I can’t understand is why did it take so long for Manny Pacquiao to agree to a rematch if promoter Bob Arum foresees the Trilogy with Juan Manuel Marquez  to be “a great fight.”
Remember that Marquez has been openly challenging  Pacquiao to a third match, saying that he was the actual victor  in their second match staged in Las Vegas in 2008.
The fight ended in a split decision win for Pacquiao.
On television, Pacquiao has been ignoring if not refusing the challenge outright. He said nobody will watch  a Pacquiao-Marquez fight,  possibly because he considers the Mexican fighter a has-been.
I don’t know what made him change his mind.
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In case you haven’t heard,  Arum is planning a world tour  for Pacquiao and Marquez to promote “The Trilogy” which is set Nov. 12 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The tour will cover seven cities in eight countries, starting in Manila this August.
From here,  the fighters will go on a whirlwind visit of cities like Tokyo, Singapore, Abu Dhabi,  London, New York and Los Angeles.
The tour will end in  Marquez’s homeland, Mexico.

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Arum explained why he is taking Pacquiao and Marquez thousands of miles all over the world together for a promotional tour.
“Pacquiao  has long ceased to be only a product in the Philippines, the United States and Mexico.  He is already a global icon and therefore we are going around the world to promote this great fight. The tour will start in Manila this August and will end in Mexico in September, with the necessary time  required for both  fighters to return  to their camps.
“It will be a great fight and we expect it in 1.6 million homes on pay-per-view,” Arum said.
Speaking of pay-per-view,  an article in  the Pacland Website said  the undefeated  Floyd Mayweather Jr., who has  been inactive for more than a year now, continues to be  the top PPV seller in the United States, with Pacquiao coming in second.
Mayweather’s  comeback fight  against Victor Ortiz is scheduled  on Sept. 17 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

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