MANILA, Philippines — Manny Pacquiao’s present and future — Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez and Tim Bradley — will be strutting their stuff on Nov. 5 at the picturesque Santa Anita Racetrack in Arcadia, California.
Marquez and Bradley will be on hand to spar with separate fighters on a makeshift ring as part of the promotional buildup to the huge Nov. 12 show at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Pacquiao is facing Marquez in defense of his WBO welterweight crown, while Bradley will see action in the main supporting fight against Cuban veteran Joel Casamayor.
Bradley recently signed a promotional contract with Bob Arum’s Top Rank Inc. and his inclusion to the outfit is seen as a prelude to a big 2012 for the American fighter.
Although Arum insists that talks for a Pacquiao-Bradley match hasn’t started, anything can happen down the line specially if Pacquiao brushes off Marquez and Bradley puts on a sensational showing against Casamayor.
Marquez is actually in the thick of training in Mexico City but is slated to arrive in Los Angeles on the morning of Nov. 5 so he can grace the Santa Anita event.
Top Rank publicist Lee Samuels said Marquez will also do several TV interviews on Sunday before flying to Las Vegas later in the day. Pacquiao will travel to Sin City on Monday night.
Actual arrival honors for Pacquiao and Marquez won’t happen until Tuesday noon at the main lobby of the MGM Grand.