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Boxing: Pacquiao could get fifth fight with Marquez

Published on Mar 15, 2014 4:24 AM

LAS VEGAS (AFP) - Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao and Mexican star Juan Manuel Marquez would fight each other for a fifth time if both men win their next fight, promoters said.

Top Rank announced that the winner of a May 17 bout between Marquez and Mike Alvarado would be the mandatory title challenger for the winner of next month's World Boxing Organization welterweight title bout between Pacquiao and undefeated American Timothy Bradley.

That could set the stage for 35-year-old southpaw Pacquiao, 55-5 with two drawn and 38 knockouts, to meet 40-year-old Marquez, 55-7 with one drawn and 40 knockouts, yet again in a rivalry that dates to 2004.

Pacquiao fought a controversial featherweight draw with Marquez in 2004, beat the Mexican in a 2008 split decision for the World Boxing Council super featherweight crown and defended the WBO welterweight title with a 2011 majority decision.

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