From his Las Vegas lair, Top Rank chief Bob Arum told InterAKTV on Saturday that plans are afoot for Juan Manuel Marquez to meet Mercito Gesta, a US-based Filipino fighter, in a 12-round match for the soon-to-be-vacated WBO junior-welterweight crown on July 14 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Arum added that on the same night, Nonito Donaire will defend his WBO super-bantam belt against Mexican veteran Cristian Mijares, instead of Victor Terrazas.
“Terrazas is fighting on June 9 so it’ll be Mijares for Donaire,” said Arum.
Marquez is best known as the Meixcan counter-puncher who has Manny Pacquiao’s number.
“It’ll be a huge show,” said Arum, trumpeting that the event will again rekindle the storied Philippines versus Mexico boxing rivalry.
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