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Pacquiao set for fourth showdown with Marquez

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Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez have confirmed their fourth bout will take place on December 8 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao picked Marquez over welterweight title-holder Timothy Bradley Jr. Meanwhile, Pacquiao's preferred opponent, Miguel Cotto, opted to fight Austin Trout on December 1 in New York, paving the way for Marquez to have another shot at the Filipino.

Pacquiao picked Marquez for financial reasons, promoter Bob Arum told ESPN on Friday. Pacquiao is guaranteed $23 million for the fight.

"Because the economics for the Marquez fight were so much greater than for a Bradley rematch, that is what Manny decided to do," Arum said.

"It's so much greater because of the support Marquez has from the Hispanic community. Look at the past numbers. When Pacquiao fought Marquez (in November), it sold close to 1.3 million pay-per-view. Bradley was about 900,000. That's a big difference. Plus, the gate goes from probably $8 million to $12 million."

However, Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach says he is still seeking "revenge" on Bradley Jr and would have preferred his charge to choose the American.

"Manny knew I would prefer Bradley," Roach said. "I think the money was a huge factor. Bradley doesn't bring the people Marquez does. But I would have rather had revenge for that bad decision in June."

Roach believes the three previous controversial bouts with Marquez will also see Pacquiao start "down three rounds on the scorecards. Judges are human. They know what happened before.

"Maybe the judges will be thinking Marquez was robbed last time and they're human, and they will give Marquez the benefit of the doubt. But Manny picked Marquez, and that's who we will get ready for. It's about time we have a good knockout anyway," he said.

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