MANILA, Philippines - Something tells Manny Pacquiao that he ought to pursue a rematch with Tim Bradley on Nov. 10 and forget about Juan Manuel Marquez.
But there is also a part of Pacquiao that tells him he should consider the counter-punching Mexican as well.
If Pacquiao picks Bradley, he might not earn a $25 million payday because the American won't agree to $5 million - the amount he received when he was declared winner via a stunning split decision last June - should they square off again.
Besides, a Bradley fight doesn't have the makings of a pay-per-view success since their first fight only generated 700,000 subscriptions, a far cry from the huge numbers Pacquiao had posted the last couple of years when he battled the likes of Oscar De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto, Antonio Margarito, Shane Mosley and Marquez.
But between Bradley and Marquez, it is Bradley who poses less danger, according to two-time world champion Gerry Peñalosa and Cebu kingmaker Wakee Salud.
"Bradley is the easier fight," said Peñalosa.
Salud, however, points out that economically-speaking, it won't draw well. "Bradley is not a pay-per-view attraction but he'll be much easier to deal with than Marquez."
Marquez, on the other hand, is a tried and tested commodity, having joined hands with Pacquiao in raising over 1.4 million buys during their third fight late last year that ended on a majority decision for Pacquiao.
One thing that also bothers Pacquiao is the fact that Marquez has given him the most trouble dating back to their first faceoff in May 2004 that ended on a draw. The rematch in March 2008 went to Pacquiao's way on a split verdict.
Pacquiao needs a resounding win this November to keep him right on track for a 2013 super showdown with Floyd Mayweather.
Meanwhile, Top Rank head Bob Arum said he is discussing with the handlers of Bradley, Marquez and even Miguel Cotto and plans to hook up again with Pacquiao early next week to finalize everything.
"I've been talking with the camps," said Arum yesterday from New York. "I will be talking with Manny this Monday."