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Marquez in frame for third shot at Pacquiao

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Juan Manuel Marquez beat Juan Diaz last July © Getty Images
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Juan Manuel Marquez is being lined up for a third crack at Manny Pacquiao, provided the Filipino beats Shane Mosley in May.

With negotiations to set up a mega fight between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jnr seemingly at a standstill, attention is shifting towards another opponent.

Pacquiao and Marquez served up two crackers earlier in their careers, one draw and a win for Pacquiao, and promoter Bob Arum feels a third fight would put bums on seats.

Marquez feels he edged both fights and has talked positively about getting the better of the pound-for-pound king if they were to meet again and provided Pacquiao negotiates his way past Mosley, he may get his shot.

"Assuming Pacquiao beats Mosley we're going to look at which fight makes the most sense. If we're talking about November, who's available that would make money?" Arum said. "You come back really to Marquez. A draw and a close loss to Manny. Now that seems to me the most attractive fight.

"I didn't want to do that fight before Mosley because I'm reaching out to this vast audience on CBS so I needed an English-speaking opponent.

"Now if we do the numbers I think, and even if we go back to CBS, we can still do okay with a Spanish guy. So unless something else develops that's who I'm looking at."

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