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Juan Manuel Marquez not looking for fifth Pacquiao fight

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Juan Manuel Marquez will face off against Mike Alvarado on May 17 and trainer Nacho Beristain isn't looking to fight Manny Pacquiao for a fifth time if Marquez is successful.

"What Juan Manuel wants more than anything is this (fifth) championship (at welterweight), and thats why the name of Pacquiao is once again (being discussed)," Beristain said.

"But i believe that if he gets past Alvarado, Juan Manuel can fight for a world title from another sanctioning body. There is no reason for him to face Pacquiao again, who he already conquered with that tremendous knockout."

When the 40-year-old Marquez meets Alvarado at the Forum in Los Angeles, California, the winner is likely to face Timothy Bradley or Manny Pacquiao in October. With Beristain's latest comments that could put Bob Arum's plans in jeopardy should the Filipino take the WBO title away from the unbeaten American.

Alvarado, 33, is coming off a defeat against Russian Ruslan Provodnikov and will be looking to make amends having suffered defeats in two of his last three bouts.

The fight is scheduled at a catchweight of 144lbs and Beristain is looking forward to the bout.

"He is a difficult opponent for a fighter like Juan. (Alvarado) is a tremendous puncher. It's ideal for Juan to provide a big fight to the public, but this one is dangerous, because Alvarado is young and strong," added the 74-year-old.

Speculation of a bout between Provodnikov and Brandon Rios has begun, and it would be no surprise if they go to battle in June with the winner facing one of Top Rank's big guns later this year.

Arum doesn't have many options left with his fighters and at the moment the mary-go-round continues with his welterweights.

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