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Provodnikov REALLY Wants To Fight Marquez

BY Michael Woods ON January 09, 2014
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Provodnikov 44609The Siberian Rocky is in LA, plotting out his near future. Ruslan Provodnikov really wants to tangle with Juan Manuel Marquez, and it is glaringly apparent, in speaking to his manager Vadim Kornilov, that he'd rather meet the Mexican for less money than fight Manny Pacquiao for two or three or five times more.

"Ruslan went to the Wild Card to see trainer Freddie Roach last night," Kornilov told me. "Tonight (Thursday) we're meeting promoter Artie Pelullo. We're stuck on the Marquez fight."

I asked if more money from a Pacman fight wouldn't be more attractive if, say, a guy wants to hit that lotto jackpot, and give his family financial security in one fell swoop. "His priority is not money, and mine isn't either," Kornilov said. "My fiduciary responsibility is do what Ruslan wants."

And what the 29-year-old boxer, who was an ESPN Friday Night Fights standout before leaping up in stature with a stellar showing against Tim Bradley (on March 16, 2013) and a win over Mike Alvarado in his last outing, on Oct. 19, desires is not a bout with Pacquiao. They became pretty tight, with mutual respect overflowing, from sparring sessions, and Kornilov said that it is important to Team Provodnikov (23-2 with 16 KOs) that all elements of the machine stick together. That wouldn't be the case if Roach, who trains Manny, were to choose the Congressman, and be in his corner, not Ruslan's, on a Manny-Ruslan fightnight.

"We think a fight with Marquez is a great fight, a candidate for Fight of the Year," he continued. "We think a Pacquiao fight is great too. But we're not running after the biggest payday."

Kornilov, who grew up in Siberia 17 years ago, and now lives in LA, said they should know no later than the end of next week if Marquez wants to play this brand of ball, or they need to consider a Plan B or C.

Readers, weigh in. How do you see this playing out? Where will all these chips fall?

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Radam G says:

Yup! And the Siberian Rocky has been wanting Marquez for a while. And now Marquez will be crazy to bite. Because he cannot longer fight. He's just going through the motions. And taking dat syet from the fallen Angel Heredia and turning into Hulkquez can no longer help him, because even his turtle speed is gone now.

Dude can only step on toes now and hope that be can be stabled enough to land a honey-lotto punch from his nowadays zombie shaking, moving and stepping.

His @$$ oughta just retire. There nothing else that he will be able to do against an elite pug since kayoing Da Manny. Holla!

ultimoshogun says:

Didn't Marquez say he'd probably retire if he couldn't get the Bradley rematch? I hope he sticks around for one more customer this matchup sounds like a whole lotta fun...my money would be on the Russian retiring Marquez.

the Roast says:

Provodnikov-JMM would be a good fight. Styles would mesh well. If JMM has anything left Ruslan would force it out of him.

Radam G says:

Marquez is delusional. And full of syet. If he can win his next bout, he will fight the winning Da Manny in October or November. Holla!

the Roast says:

Of course RG. Like you always say, its prizefighting. JMM needs to get paid. His time is running out.

Radam G says:

Ditto, the Roast! Marquez has a head on the shoulders. But the zombie has possess his body, and is more deadly than dat syet that morphs him into Hulkquez.

I don't believe that he can get the win over his next opponent to get that guaranteed $20mil purse to dance with Da Manny in the fall. Holla!

SouthPawFlo says:

I would rather see Marquez Vs Bradley again because the Russians Pressure might retire him...

There's no point in a Marquez Vs Pacman part 5, Marquez has nothing left to prove fighting Manny, and after the KO I think he finally got his peace after the Wars with Manny...

Carmine Cas says:

I'd love to see Marquez-Provodnikov, that spells fire works

amayseng says:

I agree with Prov, no reason to lose his trainer and fight Pac, the russian has had a long journey to get where he is, no reason to throw it away losing to pac in a probable stoppage.

keep that belt Russian, beat Jmm and then Bradley again. Pac should be a last resort. no need for it now

SouthPawFlo says:

I DEFINITELY wanna see Ruslan-Bradley II!!!!

Radam G says:

The Cali Big Foot Cranium Crusher is not beating up again on shot, zombie-shaking Marquez, who will morph into Hulkquez with dat syet in him from fallen Angel Heredia. Hehehe!

Da Manny is gonna murda' TCBFCC! Holla!

stormcentre says:

Man . . it will be interesting to see what Marquez does with Ruslan.

Or vice/versa.

Particularly if Ruslan doesn't respect Marquez' punching power; which will probably be the case.

I wouldn't be surprised to see Marquez badly beat up and/or get knocked out in that one.

stormcentre says:

Man . . it will be interesting to see what Marquez does with Ruslan.

Or vice/versa.

Particularly if Ruslan doesn't respect Marquez' punching power; which will probably be the case.

I wouldn't be surprised to see Marquez badly beat up and/or get knocked out in that one.

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