Pacman-Marquez 5th fight on Sept. 5?

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Saturday, January 5, 2013


MANNY Pacquiao will fight on despite a Filipino doctor’s suspicion of him having early signs of Parkinson’s disease.

Pacquiao will be back in the ring in September, on a date in line with Mexico’s Independence Day, in a possible fifth fight with rival Juan Manuel Marquez.

“He’s indicated he will fight again. Bob (Arum) has indicated (that it would be) September,” Top Rank spokesperson Fred Sternburg told ESPN. “Between the suspension and the election and campaign in Philippines, we think we can do it.”

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A Filipino neurologist, Dr. Rustico Jimenez, has recently expressed his concern that the Filipino boxing superstar has displayed signs of early Parkinson’s disease, a disorder that also affects his coach Freddie Roach.

Pacquiao recently suffered a brutal sixth round knockout against the 39-year-old Marquez that left him out cold on top of the ring for a few minutes.

To erase all suspicion, Arum will have Pacquiao examined at the Lou Ruvo Center of the Las Vegas Cleveland Clinic, which specializes in brain health and diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Lou Gehrig’s.

“They will examine him as a precaution,” said Sternburg.

Sternburg believes that a fifth fight is too good to pass up for both Pacquiao and Marquez.

“I think they can do it. Bob has stated it over and over. The fight did so well financially, it is a no-brainer,” Sternburg said.

Marquez has spoken of his desire to hang up his gloves because of the request of his wife Erika. However, his promoter, Fernando Beltran, said that they will give Pacquiao his rematch.

“Logically, we will find what’s most lucrative for him, in order to be an important fight,” said Beltran. “Juan Manuel Marquez and myself are gentlemen and we know that Pacquiao gave us an opportunity, and he didn’t have to, and most probably we will give it to him.”

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 06, 2013.

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