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Juan Manuel Márquez From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search Juan Manuel Márquez Statistics Real name Juan Manuel Márquez Méndez Nickname(s) Dinamita Rated at Light Welterweight Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m) Nationality Mexican Birth date August 23, 1973 (1973-08-23) (age 35) Birth place Mexico City, Mexico Stance Orthodox Boxing record Total fights 55 Wins 50 Wins by KO 37 Losses 4 Draws 1 Juan Manuel Márquez Méndez (born August 23, 1973, in Mexico City), is a Mexican professional boxer, and the current WBA, WBO, and IBO Lightweight world champion as well as the current Ring Magazine Lightweight champion. He has also held the IBF, WBA, and WBO Featherweight titles, and the WBC Super Featherweight title. He is the fourth Mexican boxer to become a world champion in three different weight classes after Marco Antonio Barrera, Érik Morales, and Julio César Chávez. Contents [hide] 1 Personal life 2 Early career 3 Professional career 3.1 Featherweight 3.2 First bout with Pacquiao 3.3 Super Featherweight 3.4 Second bout with Pacquiao 3.5 Lightweight 3.6 Márquez vs. Casamayor 3.7 Márquez vs. Díaz 3.8 Welterweight 3.9 Márquez vs. Mayweather Jr. 4 See also 5 References 6 External links  Personal life Márquez has a brother named Rafael Márquez, who is a former world champion at the Bantamweight, and Super bantamweight division.  Early career Márquez had an amateur record of 35-1 that included two Golden Glove tournament wins. He made his professional boxing debut at age 19 on May 29, 1993, and lost his first bout via disqualification to Javier Duran. Márquez remained undefeated for another six years as he compiled a record of 29-1 that included a win against former champions Agapito Sanchez, Julio Gervacio, and Alfred Kotey. In 1997, Márquez won the NABO Featherweight title, which he defended seven times. Márquez earned his first bout for a world title on September 11, 1999, when he lost a decision to former champion Freddie Norwood. On November 20, 1999, Márquez faced Remigio Molina, and defeated him in eight rounds. In 2000, he defeated former champion Daniel Jimenez, and five fights later, he defeated Robbie Peden in ten rounds, and captured the NABF, and USBA Featherweight titles.  Professional career  Featherweight Márquez received his second bout for a world title on January 2, 2003, when he defeated Manuel Medina, and captured the vacant IBF Featherweight title. He then defeated Derrick Gainer later in the year to win the WBA Featherweight title.  First bout with Pacquiao In May 2004, Márquez fought Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao in a drawn bout where he was knocked down 3 times in the first round by Pacquiao. Márquez was unable to overcome the early points deficit, and the two fought to a draw. The result was controversial as judge Bert Clements scored the first round as 10-7 for Pacquiao instead of what normally would have been 10-6; this anomaly led the fight to being called a draw instead of a split decision for Pacquiao. In addition, sportswriter Thomas Houser, who had watched the bout from a television monitor, claimed that Márquez's corner illegally used a string inside of a cut over Márquez's right eyelid during the fight. Keith Kizer, director of the Nevada State Athletics Commission, dismissed those allegations and stated that the string had simply been used in place of Q-tips. The final scores were 115-110 for Márquez, 115-110 for Pacquiao, and 113-113. On September 18, 2004, Márquez defeated Orlando Salido. In 2005, Márquez was stripped of his WBA, and IBF Featherweight titles, for his inability to defend it against various boxers after potential bouts failed to draw a bid.  In 2006, Márquez attempted to regain a title, coming up short in a decision loss to Indonesian boxer Chris John for the WBA Featherweight championship title. The disputed decision led to the Ring Magazine's removal of Márquez from its pound-for-pound top 10 list. In late 2006, Márquez captured the WBO Interim Featherweight title defeating Thai boxer Terdsak Jandaeng, and defending it against Filipino boxer Jimrex Jaca with a nine round knockout in Hidalgo, Texas. Márquez was promoted to world champion status in December 2006 when previous champion Scott Harrison vacated the title.  Márquez vacated the Featherweight title the following year to challenge WBC Super Featherweight champion Marco Antonio Barrera.  Super Featherweight On March 17, 2007, Márquez became the WBC Super Featherweight champion by defeating Barrera in Las Vegas by unanimous decision. Márquez's first defense of his title were to be held on September 15, 2007 against Argentinian boxer Jorge Rodrigo Barrios. However, Barrios withdrew from the bout due to injury, prompting American boxer Rocky Juárez to challenge Márquez for the title in November 3, 2007 in a losing effort.  Second bout with Pacquiao In November 29, 2007, Márquez announced that he would defend his championship title in a rematch against Manny Pacquiao. On March 15, 2008. Márquez lost his Super Featherweight title to Pacquiao by a disputed split decision where the majority of experts in the boxing community saw Marquez winning, including Filipino boxing analysts. Compubox scoring had Márquez landing 42/201 (21%) jabs to Pacquiao's 43/314 (14%) jabs, it also had Márquez scoring 130/310 (42%) power punches to Pacquiao's 114/305 (37%) power punches. Márquez suffered a knockdown in the third round by a punch from Pacquiao. The knocked down proved to be the winning score for Pacquiao. Richard Schaefer, Golden Boy Promotions CEO, offered a $6 million guarantee to Pacquiao for a rematch. Pacquiao's promoter, Bob Arum, said, "I’m not saying they’ll never fight again, but you have to let it bake for a while". Pacquiao, for his part said, "I don't think so, this business is over" as he plans to move up to the Lightweight division. Márquez traveled to the Philippines for a friendly meeting with Pacquiao, the Filipino champion once again rejected a third fight.  Lightweight  Márquez vs. Casamayor Márquez moved up to the Lightweight division in order to fight title holder Joel Casamayor on the weekend leading up to Mexican Independence Day at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas. On September 13, 2008, he defeated Casamayor in the 11th round after two knockdowns, and captured his sixth world title in three different weight classes. In the first four rounds of the bout, Márquez continually walked into counter punches from Casamayor. It took Márquez until the fifth round to be able to find the range with his right hand. By the fifth round, a cut over Casamayor's right eye was opened from a clash of heads. Rounds five, six, seven, and eight were rounds where Márquez landed straight punches from the outside, but he was also struck by Casamayor whenever he lunged forward. Two minutes into the eleventh round, Casamayor was knocked down by a right punch as he pulled away from an intense exchange. Casamayor got up, and immediately tried to strike back at Márquez, but Márquez let his punches go in furious combination. Casamayor punched back, but he was knocked down again with about 7 seconds left in the round. Referee Tony Weeks stepped in the bout, and stopped the fight before Casamayor had a chance to stand up again. The official judges had the fight scored 95-95, 95-95, and 97-93 for Márquez before the 11th round knockout. After the win, Ring magazine ranked Márquez second on its pound for pound list, and rated him the number one boxer in the Lightweight division.  Márquez vs. Díaz On February 28, 2009, Márquez defeated IBO champion, and former WBA, IBF, and WBO Lightweight champion Juan Díaz by knockout. Díaz controlled the fight early in the bout as the two boxers exchanged punches. Díaz opened a cut above Márquez's right eye in the fifth round, and looked to control the bout, but Márquez responded by opening a gash above Diaz's right eye, and stunning him with a left hook before the end of the eighth round. Márquez landed two hard rights to Díaz's face in a three-punch combination that knocked Díaz down with 35 seconds remaining in the ninth round. Díaz rose, but seconds later, Márquez followed with a right uppercut to the chin that knocked Díaz down for a second time. Referee Rafael Ramos waved an end to the fight after two minutes and 40 seconds of the ninth round. With the victory, Márquez defended his Ring Lightweight title, and claimed the WBO, the WBA, and the IBO Lightweight championship titles. After the fight Márquez expressed an interest in fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr.  Welterweight  Márquez vs. Mayweather Jr. Márquez moved up to the Welterweight division, and will fight former champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. at 144-pounds in July 18, 2009 at the MGM Grand arena.  See also Boxing List of boxing triple champions List of featherweight boxing champions List of super featherweight boxing champions List of lightweight boxing champions Reigning boxing champions Ring Magazine pound for pound List of current world boxing champions List of The Ring world champions  References ^ HBO: Boxing: Fighters: Bio: JUAN MANUEL MÁRQUEZ ^ Pacquiao-Márquez I Scorecard ^ Aftermath of Pacquiao-Márquez II ^ Kizer Say Márquez Did Nothing Illegal - BoxingScene.com ^ "Márquez defeats Barrera for WBC title". International Herald Tribune. http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/03/18/sports/NA-SPT-BOX-Barrera-Marque.php. Retrieved on 2007-03-17. ^ CompuBox - Every Punch Counts ^ GMANews.TV - Boxing pundits see Márquez as 'real winner' ^ Boxing News : Nonito Donaire Scored The Fight For Márquez ^ Arum in the way of Pacquiao-Márquez III? - Boxing - Yahoo! Sports ^ ap.google.com, Márquez floors Casamayor in big Lightweight debut ^ The Ring Magazine Rankings ^ Márquez stops Houston's Diaz in ninth round - Chron.com ^ Márquez: I want Mayweather - Setanta Sports  External links Juan Manuel Márquez Fight-by-Fight Career Record HBO: Fighters: Juan Manuel Márquez Article Professional boxing record for Juan Manuel Márquez from Boxrec Juan Manuel Márquez Fan Site Vacant Title last held by Johnny Tapia IBF Featherweight Champion February 1, 2003 – August 15, 2005 Stripped Vacant Title next held by Valdemir Pereira New title WBA Featherweight Super Champion November 1, 2003 – August 22, 2005 Stripped Succeeded by Chris John Filled vacancy after later promotion Vacant Title last held by Scott Harrison WBO Featherweight Champion December 6, 2006 – April 1, 2007 Vacated Vacant Title next held by Steven Luevano Preceded by Marco Antonio Barrera WBC Super Featherweight Champion March 17, 2007 – March 15, 2008 Succeeded by Manny Pacquiao Preceded by Joel Casamayor The Ring Magazine Lightweight Champion September 13, 2008 – present Incumbent Vacant Title last held by Nate Campbell WBA Lightweight Super Champion February 28, 2009 – present WBO Lightweight Champion February 28, 2009 – present Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juan_Manuel_M%C3%A1rquez" Categories: 1973 births | IBF Champions | Living people | Mexican boxers | People from Mexico City | WBA Champions | WBC Champions | WBO Champions | World Featherweight Champions | World Super featherweight Champions | World Lightweight Champions