Pacquiao-Marquez IV in demand

Plenty of fans and pundits aren't all that enthusiastic about the fourth meeting between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez, the future Hall of Famers who will square off in a welterweight nontitle bout on Dec. 8 (HBO PPV) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Many view it simply as being too much of a good thing and would rather see each man in a fresh match despite the generally entertaining nature of their three previous bouts, each of which ended in controversial decisions as Pacquiao went 2-0-1.

Their most recent bout, which came last November, was won by Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KOs) -- boxing's only eight-division world champion -- via split decision. It was arguably the most controversial of their three fights, with many believing Marquez (54-6-1, 39 KOs), a four-division titleholder, clearly deserved the decision.

But there are apparently still a lot of people who are excited to see Pacquiao and Marquez battle again.

The tickets for the fight went on sale Friday, and promoter Top Rank announced that 13,000 were sold in the first few days, leaving fewer than 3,000 for a fight that is still more than two months away. If the numbers are legit, that's a big opening sale.

"We are ecstatic with the response," Top Rank promoter Bob Arum said of the initial ticket sales.