For the second time, Juan Manuel Marquez defeated Juan Diaz and retained his WBO Lightweight and WBA Super World Lightweight titles. Marquez won by unanimous decision in what appeared to be a lopsided fight at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada a few hours ago. Marquez and Diaz aimed at making their rematch another Fight of the Year.
The first encounter between the Mexican Dinamita and the American Baby Bull was in February 2009 for the vacant WBO Lightweight and WBA Super World Lightweight titles. Marquez won by TKO when he brought Diaz flat on his back in the center of the ring in Round 9 with a tremendous right uppercut.
After conquering Diaz, who is next for the Dinamita – the Pacman?
Juan Manuel Marquez defended his WBA Super World featherweight and the IBF featherweight titles from Manny Pacquiao in 2004 in what proved to be a thrilling Fight Of The Year candidate. Pacquiao knocked him down three times in the first round, but he valiantly fought back to win many of the remaining rounds. The fight was declared a draw.
In their rematch in March 2008, the Dinamita passed on his WBC super featherweight title to the Pacman by split decision.
Marquez then went on to win his first match with Juan Diaz for the two vacant WBO and WBA titles the following year. He stepped up to Welterweight and faced Floyd Mayweather Jr. in September 2009. Marquez lost by unanimous decision. He came up too small for Mayweather who weighed 2 lbs heavier than the 144 lbs contracted catchweight.
On the other hand, the Fighter of the Decade went on to grab the WBC Lightweight title from David Diaz in June 2008. He stepped up to Welterweight and snatched the WBO Welterweight belt from Miguel Angel Cotto in November 2009, his seventh world title.
Manny Pacman Pacquiao made boxing history by becoming the first Seven-Division World Champion in seven different weight divisions – Flyweight, Super Bantamweight, Featherweight, Super Featherweight, Lightweight, Light Welterweight and Welterweight. He is also the first boxer in history to win the lineal championship in four different weight classes.
The Pacman successfully defended his WBO Welterweight title against Ghana’s Joshua Clottey last March 13 at the Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas where he won by unanimous decision. He is slated to fight Antonio Margarito on November 13 for the vacant WBC Light Middleweight title. If, or as his avid supporters might say, when he wins, it would be his 8th world boxing title thereby setting a new world record in boxing.
Marquez lost to Mayweather in 2009 while Pacquiao, or Mayweather, depending on whose side you are on, lost the chance to become the unquestionable ultimate pound for pound king.
Marquez is on Lightweight, Pacquiao on Welterweight. But the Dinamita can easily climb up to Welterweight as he did to fight Mayweather:
Name Juan Manuel Marquez Manny Pacquiao
Alias Dinamita Pac Man / The Greatest
Birth Name Juan Manuel Marquez Mendez Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao
Born 1973-08-23 1978-12-17
Age 36 31
Nationality Mexican Philippine
Stance Orthodox Southpaw
Height 5′ 7″ / 170cm 5′ 6½″ / 169cm
Reach 67″ / 170cm 67″ / 170cm
The boxing world is waiting for Pacquiao and Marquez to give their fans around the world a deciding fight. Their first encounter was a draw, the second a disputed split decision. That leaves one of them to prove he is totally in control of the other. If Manny Pacquiao completed a trilogy with Erik Morales, he can do another one with Juan Manuel Marquez.
Pacman is the best fighter of the decade and the WBO Welterweight champion. His chosen opponent Antonio Margarito is having a hard time getting a license to box in America. Bob Arum should start considering Marquez as Pacquiao’s next opponent. Let the Fighter of the Decade prove his worth one more time.