Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Juan Diaz (1st meeting)

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Marquez vs. Diaz

2009-02-28 : Juan Manuel Marquez 134¼ lbs beat Juan Diaz 134½ lbs by TKO at 2:40 in round 9 of 12

Aired On: HBO World Championship Boxing (Main Event)
Promoter: Golden Boy Promotions
Announcer: Michael Buffer
Time: 2:40


CompuBox Punchstats
Total Punches Marquez Diaz
Landed 288 252
Thrown 732 781
Pct. 39% 32%
Power Punches Marquez Diaz
Landed 190 161
Thrown 401 500
Pct. 47% 32%
  • Juan Manuel Marquez came in ranked as the # 2 fighter pound-for-pound and the # 1 lightweight in the world by The Ring Magazine. Juan Diaz came in as the # 2 lightweight in the world by the same publication.
  • Marquez defends his Ring Magazine Lightweight World Title.
  • Other fighters in attendance included Bernard Hopkins, Oscar De La Hoya and Shane Mosley.
  • In Round 5, Marquez developed a small cut, from a punch, in the corner of his right eyelid.
  • 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.
  • At 2:16 of 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 was up at the count of four and received a standing eight-count.
  • At 2:34 in Round 9, a tremendous right uppercut dropped Diaz flat on his back in the center of the ring. Without beginning a count, the referee immediately waved and end to the bout.


  • In the post-fight interview with HBO's Max Kellerman, Marquez said that he would like to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. since, his first choice, Manny Pacquiao said he was not interested in a third meeting. Either way, Marquez said he would likely move up in weight class for his next fight.
  • "What you just saw was a really good young fighter knocked out by a great old fighter." - HBO's Max Kellerman
  • "February twenty-eighth is a little early to proclaim something the Fight of the Year, but good luck to the rest of the sport in producing something that good or that significant." - HBO's Jim Lampley