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Pacquiao-Marquez Trilogy Eyed For November, Says Arum

By Lem Satterfield

LAS VEGAS - WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38 knockouts) has taken some cricitism for chosing to face the 39-year-old Shane Mosley (46-6-1, 39 KOs) over options that also included a third bout with 37-year-old WBO/WBA lightweight  king Juan Manuel Marquez (51-5-1, 38 KOs), or, unbeaten, 27-year-old WBC welterweight champ Andre Berto (26-0, 21 KOs).

Marquez has battled Pacquiao to a draw, and, lost to on a disputed, split-decision, respectively, in May of 2004, and, March of 2008. The Mexican champion was slated to face Erik Morales on April 9 in Las Vegas, but he reportedly withdrew in order to become a free agent. Marquez's contract with Golden Boy Promotions expires in a few days.

Industry experts believe Marquez is attempting to replicate the recent move by Mosley, who left Golden Boy to secure a fight with Pacquiao. The Filipino champion is promoted by Golden Boy's promotional rival, Top Rank.

"I look at the fighter. And if Marquez's monetary demands are reasonable, and Manny Pacquiao gets by Mosley, and [Floyd] Mayweather is not available for November, then Marquez goes into the batter's box," said Top Rank's CEO, Bob Arum.

"I have been told that his contract is over with Golden Boy Promotions on Feb. 20, and then that there is a 30 days period where they have exclusive negotiations with him. It's a big fight with Marquez, but not as big as the Mosley fight. But when you look at what's around, Marquez is bigger than any fight other than the Mayweather fight."

Lem Satterfield is the boxing editor at AOL FanHouse and the news editor at BoxingScene.com. To read more from Lem Satterfield, go to AOL FanHouse by Clicking Here.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by joelab75 on 02-25-2011

[QUOTE=AeKhuban;10156323]Where is Floyd when Mosley destroyed Margarito? Where was Floyd when Margarito destroyed Cotto? Where was Floyd when Cotto beat Mosley or destroyed Judah? Was it perfect timing on Floyd for retiring/having a vacation when certain best fighters fighting at…

Comment by AeKhuban on 02-25-2011

[QUOTE=WESS;10135415]Pac beat Ricky Hatton after the fact. He wasn't and isn't the same fighter to this day. Beating feather fisted Pauli is not justification either. Floyd fought an undefeated Hatton at 147. A weight Fatton had fought at before. Don't…

Comment by pitythefool on 02-25-2011

I love pacman but i love jmm more. Jmm deserves a chance even at 147. I can understand why pacman has avoided jmm because he is fighting bigger guys and he is ultimately after mayweather so fighting jmm would be…

Comment by WESS on 02-20-2011

[QUOTE=Johnny Chingas;10135352][B]The only "right time" case you have for Manny is, 135. Other than that, he beat down the lineal champ at 140, and destroyed the guys Floyd was scared to (Cotto, Margarito). Now, hes lining up in his sights,…

Comment by Boy Jones Jr. on 02-20-2011

[QUOTE=WESS;10135166]I wont argue that Floyd decided to move up (NO CW) at the right time just like Pac moved up to JWW, WW and JMW at the right time selecting certain fighters at certain weight classes AT certain weights......[/QUOTE] [B]The…

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