Juan Manuel Márquez
Name: Juan Manuel Marquez
Birth Name: Juan Manuel Márquez Mendez
Born: 1973-08-23 (Age:40)
Birthplace: Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Hometown: Anaheim, California, USA
Height: 5′ 7″ / 170cm
Reach: 67″ / 170cm
Boxing Record: click
Trainer & Manager: Ignacio Beristain
Juan Manuel Marquez is a 3 time weight division champion encompassing the 126 lbs, 130 lbs, and 135 lbs. After four years of racking up victories, Marquez got a title shot, which came against Manuel Medina, with him stopping the game veteran in the later rounds. Marquez made a few tough defenses plus unifying the WBA and IBF titles by dethroning Derrick Gainer. Marquez then took on 2 time world champion Manny Pacquiao in 2004. In a thrilling Fight Of The Year candidate, Marquez was knocked down three times in the first round, but valiantly fought back to win many of the remaining rounds and outboxing the Filipino slugger. Fans hotly debated, who deserved the win, but the official result was a draw.
In March 2006, Marquez traveled to Indonesia to face WBA featherweight champion Chris John, who was considered one of the best featherweights at the time and lost a unanimous decision. Marquez protested the decision stating that the deducted points would have garnered him a split decision victory.
Just five months later Marquez would capture the interim WBO Featherweight Title, he made one title defense, until being upgraded to full status champion, making him a 3-time Featherweight Champion.
He moved up to the Super Featherweight division and challenged 3 weight world champion Marco Antonio Barrera for his WBC title, it was a very tactical fight with Marquez focusing on effective counter punching and Barrera focusing on fast combination punching, after 12 evenly matched rounds, Marquez was awarded a unanimous decision victory. He made 1 successful title defense, outpointing the young and hungry Rocky Juarez.
Marquez continued to chase big fights as he moved up yet another weight class to challenge two-time world champion Joel Casamayor for his lineal and Ring Magazine lightweight title. Marquez stopped the game Cuban in round 11 to become champion in a third weight class.
The next year Marquez squared off against three-time lightweight champ Juan Diaz, both fighters exchanged clean heavy punches in a crowd pleasing action fight, by the middle rounds Marquez's punches started to take a toll on Diaz as his knees dipped on several occasions. In Round 8, a left uppercut opened a bad cut on the the right eyelid of Juan Diaz. He was latter wobbled in the same round from another left uppercut. In Round 9, a combination sparked by a right hook and finished with a left uppercut sent Diaz falling forward and down to all fours and underneath the bottom rope, he made the count, then a tremendous right uppercut dropped Diaz flat on his back in the center of the ring.
Marquez stepped up again to another weight class, all the way up to Welterweight and faced Floyd Mayweather Jr. who was considered by many as the best pound for pound fighter in the sport. Marquez came up too small as Mayweather failed to meet the 144 lbs contracted catchweight and ended up weighing in at 146 lbs. Marquez lost a unanimous decision. Mayweather was the second #1 pound for pound fighter that Marquez had faced in the last 2 years.
Marquez is scheduled for a rematch against Juan Diaz in Las Vegas on July 31st, 2010 for the WBO/WBA/Ring Magazine lightweight championship, despite both men coming off losses - they still remain amongst the best at 135 lbs.
Regional & Minor Titles
- Interim WBO Featherweight Title (August 2006 - December 2006)
- NABF Featherweight Title (2002)
- USBA Featherweight Title (2002)
- WBO NABO Featherweight Title (1997 - 1999, 2000)
- WBO Lightweight Title
- WBA Super World Lightweight Title
- WBC Super Featherweight Title
- WBO Featherweight Title
- WBA Super World Featherweight Title
- IBF Featherweight Title
Marquez's brother is two-time world champion Rafael Marquez.
| IBF Featherweight Champion
2003 Feb 1 – 2005
Lost bid for Super Championship
| WBA Featherweight Champion
2003 Nov 1 – 2005
| WBO Featherweight Champion
2006 Dec 6 – 2007 Apr 1
Marco Antonio Barrera
| WBC Super Featherweight Champion
2007 Mar 17 – 2008 Mar 15
| WBA Lightweight Champion
2009 Feb 28 – present
Stripped (failed to make weight)
| WBO Lightweight Champion
2009 Feb 28 – 2012 Jan