As Manny Pacquiao prepares to face Shane Mosley this Saturday at the MGM Grand Las Vegas arguably his greatest rival, Juan Manuel Marquez, continues to focus on getting a rematch with "Pac-Man." Marquez, currently the top ranked lightweight in the world, has battled Pacquiao twice in his career; a draw in their May 2004 clash and a split decision loss in March 2008 rematch.
Despite Manny's climb in weight to as high as 154 pounds, a third fight with Marquez remains something many boxing fans want to see. Top Rank offered JMM as much as $5 million plus a cut of the pay-per-view for a third bout, a move that Golden Boy quickly tried to undercut by offering Marquez a shot at Saul Alvarez:
"It sounds like, based on interviews that I've read - both from Juan Manuel and Nacho Beristain - that they are perfectly happy to fight at 147-pounds. Canelo said he would do 147. Canelo is actually going to start working out and training in Big Bear, and he'll have a full nutritional staff and so on. So for Canelo, if he needs to make 147 - it's no problem to make 147."
But Marquez is looking to remain at 140 pounds, fight under his own banner over the summer and take on Manny Pacquiao in the near future. This all assumes Manny gets by the tough Shane Mosley on Saturday. But if he does, we may have a fantastic third fight to look forward to.