Juan Manuel Márquez

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Class of 2020
Modern Category
Hall of Fame bio: [1]

Name: Juan Manuel Marquez
Alias: Dinamita
Birth Name: Juan Manuel Márquez Mendez
Hometown: Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Birthplace: Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 170cm
Reach: 170cm
Promoter: Record
Pro Boxer: Record

Trainer & Manager: Ignacio Beristain


Juan Manuel Marquez has won seven world titles in four weight divisions: three titles at 126 lbs, one at 130 lbs, two at 135 lbs, and one at 140 lbs. Only two other Mexican boxers (Erik Morales and Jorge Arce) have held world titles in four weight classes.

After losing his pro debut by a first-round disqualification, Marquez won his next 29 fights. Marquez got a title shot against WBA featherweight champion Freddie Norwood in 1999. It was a close fight and many felt that Marquez did enough to win, but Norwood was awarded a unanimous decision. It took Marquez four years to get another title shot. In 2003, Marquez stopped Manuel Medina in seven rounds to win the vacant IBF featherweight title. Two fights later, he added the WBA "Super" title with a one-sided seventh-round technical decision over Derrick Gainer.

In 2004, Marquez fought Manny Pacquiao, The Ring Magazine featherweight champion. 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 against the Filipino slugger. Many felt that Marquez had come back well enough to get the decision, but the official result was a draw.

Marquez was stripped of the IBF title in 2005 because no promoter was willing to spend the minimum $50,000 on a purse bid for his mandatory title defense against the ridiculously #1 ranked Fahprakorb Rakkiatgym. It was a mismatch that nobody wanted to see. Marquez was then stripped of the WBA "Super" title because he was no longer a unified titlist.

Marquez, now without a title, traveled to Indonesia to face WBA featherweight champion Chris John in 2006. Before a hometown crowd, John boxed his way to a disputed unanimous decision.

In his next fight, Marquez knocked out Terdsak Jandaeng in seven rounds to capture the interim WBO featherweight title. After one title defense, Marquez was upgraded to full WBO featherweight champion.

Marquez moved up in weight in 2007 and outpointed Marco Antonio Barrera to win the WBC super featherweight title. In his second title defense, Marquez took on Manny Pacquiao for a second time. Marquez was dropped in the third round but once again fought back valiantly. Many thought that Marquez had done enough to retain his title, but Pacquiao was awarded a split decision.

In his next fight, Marquez moved up in weight again and knocked out Joel Casamayor in eleven rounds to win The Ring Magazine lightweight title. Marquez then stopped Juan Diaz in nine rounds to win the vacant WBO lightweight title and the vacant WBA lightweight "Super" title. Marquez vs. Diaz was named "Fight of the Year" by The Ring Magazine and the Boxing Writers Association of America.

Marquez moved up to the welterweight division for his next fight and fought Floyd Mayweather Jr., who was returning to the ring after less than two years of retirement. For the first time in his career, Marquez was no match for his opponent. Mayweather was too quick, too slick, and too big. Mayweather dropped Marquez in the second round and went on to win by a lopsided unanimous decision.

Marquez returned to lightweight and defended his titles in a rematch with Juan Diaz, winning by a unanimous decision. In his next fight, he rose from a third-round knockdown to stop Michael Katsidis in nine rounds.

Marquez fought Pacquiao in 2011 for the WBO welterweight title and lost by a majority decision. Once again, the decision was disputed. The following year, Marquez defeated Serhiy Fedchenko by a lopsided unanimous decision to win the interim WBO junior welterweight title. He was later upgraded to full WBO junior welterweight champion.

Marquez fought Pacquiao for a fourth time in a welterweight non-title fight in late 2012. Marquez dropped Pacquiao with a right in the third round. It was the first knockdown scored by Marquez in their four-fight series. Pacquiao came back and dropped Marquez in the fifth round and appeared to take control of the fight. With one second left in the sixth round, a bloodied Marquez caught Pacquiao with a hellacious right that knocked him out cold. Pacquiao was down for several minutes. Marquez had finally registered a win over his greatest rival.

Career Factoids

  • Has defeated 8 opponents (3 by KO) for the World Title.
    • 2 opponents (2 by KO) for the World Lightweight Title.
    • 2 opponents (0 by KO) for the World Super Featherweight Title.
    • 4 opponents (1 by KO) for the World Featherweight Title.
  • Has a record of 9-5-1 (3 KOs) in World Title fights.
  • Has a record of 14-6-1 (7 KOs) against former or current world titlists:
  • After fighting to a draw with Manny Pacquiao in their first fight, Marquez turned down a $750,000 offer for a rematch: He wanted $1.5 million. Marquez then turned down a $1.5 million offer to fight Erik Morales: He wanted $3.5 million. Instead, Marquez fought Chris John for a purse of $31,250 and lost. [2] [3]
  • Before fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2009, Marquez revealed that he drank his own urine. "I think that this has helped me," he said. "I’ve done it for the last five or six fights with good results. I also drink my urine because that’s where a lot of protein and vitamins are, part of your vitamin intake, and why not drink them again instead of wasting them." Before his third fight with Manny Pacquiao in 2011, Marquez said that he had stopped drinking his urine "on the advice of my doctor and physical trainer." [4] [5]

Regional & Minor Titles

  • Interim WBO Junior Welterweight Title (2012)
  • IBO Lightweight Title (2009)
  • Interim WBO Featherweight Title (2006)
  • NABF Featherweight Title (2002)
  • USBA Featherweight Title (2002)
  • WBO NABO Featherweight Title (1997 - 1999, 2000)

World Titles

  • WBO Junior Welterweight Title
  • 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.

Preceded by:
Johnny Tapia
IBF Featherweight Champion
2003 Feb 1 – 2005
Succeeded by:
Valdemir Pereira
Preceded by:
Derrick Gainer
Lost bid for Super Championship
WBA Featherweight Champion
2003 Nov 1 – 2005
Super Champion
Succeeded by:
Preceded by:
Scott Harrison
WBO Featherweight Champion
2006 Dec 6 – 2007 Apr 1
Succeeded by:
Steven Luevano
Preceded by:
Marco Antonio Barrera
WBC Super Featherweight Champion
2007 Mar 17 – 2008 Mar 15
Succeeded by:
Manny Pacquiao
Preceded by:
Nate Campbell
Super Champion
Stripped (failed to make weight)
WBA Lightweight Champion
2009 Feb 28 – 2012 Jan
Super Champion
Succeeded by:
Preceded by:
Nate Campbell
Stripped (failed to make weight)
WBO Lightweight Champion
2009 Feb 28 – 2012 Jan
Succeeded by:
Ricky Burns
Preceded by:
Timothy Bradley
WBO Light Welterweight Champion
2012 Jun – 2013 Oct
Succeeded by:
Mike Alvarado