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Juan Manuel Marquez
Weightclass:
Welterweight
Age:
41
Birthplace:
Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Record:
56-7-1, 40 KOs
Height:
5'7"
Reach:
69
Managers:
 
Trainers:
Ignacio "Nacho" Beristain (memeber of International Boxing Hall of Fame)
biography
“Dinamita” (Dynamite)  

Twitter: @JMMarquez_1
Ranked WBO #1 at 140 pounds…
World championship fights: 9-5-1, 4 KOs…
Former WBO jr. welterweight world champion…
Former WBA lightweight world champion, one successful defense…
Former WBO lightweight world champion, one successful defense…
Former WBO interim jr. welterweight world champion…
Interim world championship fights: 3-0, 2 KOs...
Boxing Writers Association of America’s “2009 Fight of the Year” – Marquez-Diaz…
Former WBC super featherweight world champion, one successful defense...
Former WBO interim featherweight world champion, one successful defense...
Former IBF featherweight world champion, four successful defenses…
Former WBA featherweight world champion, three successful defenses…
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fight history
Key Fights – 2013 – WBO W WORLD TITLE CHALLENGE - in his last fight on 10-12-13 in Las Vegas, NV, he lost a 12 round split decision against defending champion Timothy Bradley Jr. (30-0): the bout headlined at the Thomas & Mack Center, and it was a good, close fight; Juan pressed forward and had several rallies, but Bradley kept him off-balance with movement and outworked him in several rounds; Bradley built an early lead - after six rounds, the fight was scored 58-56, 59-55 Bradley, 57-57; Juan rallied in the late rounds - he swept the 9th round on all three scorecards, then won the 10th and 11th on two, but could’t catch up; Bradley won the 12th round on two scorecards, and won by scores of 116-112, 115-113 Bradley, 115-113 Marquez…
 
2012 – on 12-8-12 in Las Vegas he won by knockout (6th round) against lefthanded former WBO welterweight, WBC super welterweight, WBC lightweight, WBC super featherweight, IBF jr. featherweight, and WBC flyweight world champion Manny Pacquiao (54-4-2): their fourth fight headlined at the MGM Grand – it was a fast-paced thriller with dramatic shifts of momentum, and ended with a spectacular one-punch knockout; Pacquiao outworked Juan in the 1st and 2nd rounds, but Juan came back and scored a knockdown with a right hand that dropped Pacquiao flat on his back in the 3rd; Pacquiao recovered and rallied in the 4th round - he scored a knockdown with a left hand when Juan’s glove touched the canvas in the 5th, then staggered Juan with a right hook moments later; Juan was also cut on the bridge of his nose and his mouth was bloodied; Pacquiao stepped up his attack and was wearing down Juan in the 6th round, but Juan scored a knockdown with a right hand late in the round that dropped Pacquiao face-first, out cold, and the referee stopped...
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background
AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Juan said through an interpreter, “I was born in Mexico City. I have two brothers and five sisters. My father, Rafael Marquez, worked for the government. He was also a professional boxer. He had maybe 40 fights. He was a big sports fan and he got us into boxing. He took my brother Rafael and me to the gym one day, and Nacho Beristain just happened to be there.
“I started boxing when I was about eight years old, but I started entering tournaments when I was 13. I had 36 amateur fights, I was 35-1. I won a couple of Golden Gloves tournaments in Mexico City, but it was difficult to get on the Olympic team. There were some elimination tournaments, but they already had their favorites and we were just going through the motions. Even if you won, you weren’t even considered. That was just a waste of time.”...
Even with a successful boxing career, Juan held a full-time job as an accountant until 2000…he and his wife Erica have two sons, Aldo Manuel and Juan Emilio, and a daughter, Allison Natalia…Juan owns some rental properties and a sports bar in Mexico City…
Juan’s wife and his brother Rafael’s wife are sisters...Juan said, “I am to blame for this. I was dating my wife, at the time my girlfriend, and Rafael says to me, ‘Her sister is very beautiful, could you introduce her to me?’ I introduced her to him, and that was how their love story began. Then they got married.”…
From Sports Illustrated, Feb. 2, 2007 [excerpts]: At first glance the Romanza boxing gym doesn’t stand out in a row of dilapidated buildings in Mexico City. Climb the stairs to the second floor and you find little in the way of boxing equipment, just a pair of battered heavy bags and, in front of a wall of windows that magnify the intense heat, a lightly padded ring with ropes that appear to be one good push away from snapping....
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Biography

“Dinamita” (Dynamite)  

  • Twitter: @JMMarquez_1
  • Ranked WBO #1 at 140 pounds…
  • World championship fights: 9-5-1, 4 KOs…
  • Former WBO jr. welterweight world champion…
  • Former WBA lightweight world champion, one successful defense…
  • Former WBO lightweight world champion, one successful defense…
  • Former WBO interim jr. welterweight world champion…
  • Interim world championship fights: 3-0, 2 KOs...
  • Boxing Writers Association of America’s “2009 Fight of the Year” – Marquez-Diaz…
  • Former WBC super featherweight world champion, one successful defense...
  • Former WBO interim featherweight world champion, one successful defense...
  • Former IBF featherweight world champion, four successful defenses…
  • Former WBA featherweight world champion, three successful defenses…
  • Former NABF featherweight champion…
  • Former USBA featherweight champion…
  • Former two-time NABO featherweight champion, seven successful defenses…

At the age of 40, Juan is a 20-year pro. A certain future Hall of Famer, he is a former world champion at 126, 130, 135, and 140 pounds -- a veteran of 15 world title fights and three interim world title fights.

When Juan won the WBA-WBO lightweight world titles in February 2009, he joined an elite group of only five Mexicans who have won world titles in three different weight divisions – Juan, Erik Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera, Julio Cesar Chavez, and Fernando Montiel. They were joined in 2011 by Jorge Arce.

Juan, Morales, and Arce have now taken another significant step – they are the only ones who have gone on to win world titles in four weight divisions.

Juan is coming off a 12-round split decision loss against Timothy Bradley Jr. in his last fight on October 12 – he was challenging for a world title in a fifth weight division, welterweight.

It was a close, exciting fight. Juan gave a tremendous effort and thought he deserved to win. After the fight, he said, "We came to do our job and get a win. You don't necessarily have to win by knockout. We did our job. You can't win all fights by knockout. We did what was necessary to win."

In his previous fight on December 8, 2012, he scored a spectacular one-punch knockout win against Manny Pacquiao. It was their fourth fight, and Juan’s first win in the series.

After the fight, Dan Rafael wrote on ESPN.com [excerpts]: The rivalry between Marquez and Pacquiao was already one for the ages through their first three fights, all of which were outstanding action battles that ended in controversial decisions and with Marquez - and many others - feeling as if he had been robbed each time. There was the draw in a 2004 featherweight championship fight and then two close Pacquiao victories - a 2008 split decision in a junior lightweight title fight and a majority decision in a welterweight title fight in November 2011.

So, coming into the fourth showdown between the great rivals and surefire Hall of Famers…both wanted to put their stamp on the rivalry and leave no doubt about who the winner was this time.

They fought with an even greater intensity than in their first three fights, thrilling the sold-out MGM Grand Garden Arena crowd of 16,348. It was a Marquez house, thanks to his loyal Mexican fans, and they got exactly what they wanted, as did Marquez: a massive knockout victory in a scene as stunning as anything witnessed in recent boxing history.

It was a great fight. It was so good that a realistic argument can be made that it ultimately will produce the 2012 fighter of the year (Marquez), the knockout of the year and the round of the year (the sensational toe-to-toe fifth round).

Through the first three fights, Pacquiao had the big edge in knockdowns. He dropped Marquez three times in the first round of their first fight and dropped him in the third round of the rematch. Marquez got one back in the second round of fight No. 4, landing a nice right hand to plant Pacquiao on the canvas with about 70 seconds to go. The Filipino congressman was clearly hurt but made it out of the round. He rebounded well from the knockdown and began to take over the fight.

In the fifth round - which was as good as it gets and is probably the single best round from the four fights -- Pacquiao rocked Marquez with a straight left hand and sent him reeling. Marquez touched his glove to the canvas, and referee Kenny Bayless properly ruled a knockdown. Pacquiao was getting the better of the heated action and had Marquez's nose bleeding and busted up as they tore into each other throughout the round.

Pacquiao continued to pour it on in the sixth round, and it seemed as though he was beginning to take over the fight. He was headed toward easily winning the sixth round on the scorecards, but then it happened: Pacquiao missed with a right jab and Marquez - one of the best counterpunchers in the game - countered with a fierce overhand right that landed squarely in the center of Pacquiao's face. He never saw the punch coming and was out cold before he hit the canvas. Bayless didn't bother to count and called off the fight as Marquez climbed the ring ropes to celebrate with blood smeared all over his face and chest. Everyone wanted a clear result, and we got it -- in a great fight to boot. [End Rafael item]

Juan is experienced against top opposition, and has fought current or former world champions Timothy Bradley Jr. (L12), Manny Pacquiao four times (D12, L12, L12, KO6), Juan Diaz twice (W12, KO9), Floyd Mayweather Jr. (L12), Joel Casamayor (TKO11), Marco Antonio Barrera (W12), Chris John (L12), Derrick Gainer (TW7), Manuel Medina (TKO7), Robbie Peden (TKO10), Daniel Jimenez (TKO7), Fred Norwood (L12), Alfred Kotey (W12), Agapito Sanchez (W12), and Julio Gervacio (KO8).

Two weeks after Juan won the IBF featherweight world title in February, 2003, his younger brother, Rafael Marquez, won the IBF bantamweight world title with a knockout victory against defending champion Tim Austin.

They are the fourth pair of Mexican brothers to win world titles, joining Rene Arredondo (two-time WBC super lightweight) and Ricardo Arredondo (WBC super featherweight), Erik Morales (WBC super bantamweight, two-time WBC featherweight, and WBC super featherweight) and Diego Morales (WBO jr. bantamweight), and Gabriel Ruelas (WBC super featherweight) and Rafael Ruelas (IBF lightweight).

Juan and Rafael are the first Mexican brothers, however, to both win world titles in two or more different weight divisions.

Regarding his nickname, Juan said, “It comes from when I was fighting at The Forum in Los Angeles. People were calling me ‘Dinamita’ maybe because of the way I fight. I don’t mind. I just kept it as my ringname. I’m just happy, because people obviously like the way I fight.”

Fight History

Key Fights – 2013 – WBO W WORLD TITLE CHALLENGE - in his last fight on 10-12-13 in Las Vegas, NV, he lost a 12 round split decision against defending champion Timothy Bradley Jr. (30-0): the bout headlined at the Thomas & Mack Center, and it was a good, close fight; Juan pressed forward and had several rallies, but Bradley kept him off-balance with movement and outworked him in several rounds; Bradley built an early lead - after six rounds, the fight was scored 58-56, 59-55 Bradley, 57-57; Juan rallied in the late rounds - he swept the 9th round on all three scorecards, then won the 10th and 11th on two, but could’t catch up; Bradley won the 12th round on two scorecards, and won by scores of 116-112, 115-113 Bradley, 115-113 Marquez…

 

2012 – on 12-8-12 in Las Vegas he won by knockout (6th round) against lefthanded former WBO welterweight, WBC super welterweight, WBC lightweight, WBC super featherweight, IBF jr. featherweight, and WBC flyweight world champion Manny Pacquiao (54-4-2): their fourth fight headlined at the MGM Grand – it was a fast-paced thriller with dramatic shifts of momentum, and ended with a spectacular one-punch knockout; Pacquiao outworked Juan in the 1st and 2nd rounds, but Juan came back and scored a knockdown with a right hand that dropped Pacquiao flat on his back in the 3rd; Pacquiao recovered and rallied in the 4th round - he scored a knockdown with a left hand when Juan’s glove touched the canvas in the 5th, then staggered Juan with a right hook moments later; Juan was also cut on the bridge of his nose and his mouth was bloodied; Pacquiao stepped up his attack and was wearing down Juan in the 6th round, but Juan scored a knockdown with a right hand late in the round that dropped Pacquiao face-first, out cold, and the referee stopped the fight without a count at 2:59; after five rounds, Pacquiao led by scores of 47-46 on all three scorecards; after the fight, Juan said, "I knew Manny could knock me out at any time. I threw the perfect punch. We always worked on that punch. The change in rhythm was important. We knew he was going to come out aggressive, so we had a fight plan that was more technique. We were able to capitalize on it. We knew it was going to be a very difficult fight, but not an impossible fight. We work strength, we work speed, and you can see the result."...

WON WBO INTERIM JW WORLD TITLE - on 4-14-12 in Mexico City, MX, he won a 12 round unanimous decision against Sergey Fedchenko (30-1): the fight headlined at the new Mexico City Arena, and drew a capacity crowd of 22,400; Juan dominated the fight – he consistently outboxed and outworked Fedchenko, landed the harder punches, and Fedchenko fought vey defensively; scored 118-110, 118-110, 119-109…

 

2011 – WBO W WORLD TITLE CHALLENGE - on 11-12-11 in Las Vegas he lost a 12 round majority decision in his third fight against lefthanded defending champion Manny Pacquiao (53-3-2): the fight headlined at the MGM Grand, and it was close and exciting; Pacquiao kept a fast pace and generally outworked Juan, but Juan boxed and moved well – he scored with accurate counterpunches, landed the harder punches, and had several rallies; Pacquiao started fast – he swept the 1st round on all three scorecards, won the 2nd on two scorecards, then swept the 3rd round; Juan swept the 4th and 5th, but Pacquiao came back and swept the 6th; after six rounds, the fight was scored 58-56, 58-56 Pacquiao, 57-57; Juan swept the 7th round, but Pacquiao finished the fight strongly; he won the 8th, 9th on two scorecards - Manny was also cut over his right eye by a clash of heads in the 9th – then won the 10th, 11th, and 12th rounds on two scorecards, as well; many observers thought Juan deserved to win and booed the announcement of the decision - scored 115-113, 116-112 Pacqiuao, 114-114; after the fight, Juan said, “This was the second robbery, and this one was the worst. It's hard when you're fighting your rival and the three judges, too.”…

On 7-16-11 in Cancun, MX, he won by knockout (1st round) against lefthanded former WBA interim super featherweight world champion Likar Ramos (24-3): the fight headlined at Plaza de Toros, and Juan quickly overpowered him - he scored a knockdown with a right hand that dropped Ramos flat on his back in the 1st round, and he was counted out at 1:47; after the fight, Juan said, “I wanted to take this fight to arrive well prepared for the next fight. I wanted a few more rounds, but fights go like that. We felt very well at this weight. Against Pacquiao, we all know it takes two for a fight, and given his style I know it will be a great fight between us both.”…

 

2ND WBA-WBO L WORLD TITLE DEFENSE - on 11-27-10 in Las Vegas he won by TKO (9th round) against Michael Katsidis (27-2): the fight headlined at the MGM Grand, and it was fast-paced and exciting; Juan started fast and swept the 1st and 2nd rounds on all three scorecards, but Katsidis scored a knockdown with a left hook in the 3rd round; Juan came back and swept the 4th, 5th, and 6th rounds, but Katsidis rallied and won the 7th and 8th rounds on two scorecards; Juan staggered him with a series of punches in the 9th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:14; after eight rounds, Juan led by scores of 77-74, 76-75, 78-74; after the fight Juan said, “We worked really hard for this fight, and I could tell my body shots were slowing him down. This was definitely the fight of the year - there was nonstop action from the first round. I want the third fight with Pacquiao. I’ve been beating opponent after opponent, and the people want that fight.”…

1ST WBA-WBO L WORLD TITLE DEFENSE – on 7-31-10 in Las Vegas he won a 12 round unanimous decision in the rematch against Juan Diaz (35-3): the bout headlined at Mandalay Bay, and Juan dominated most of the fight; Diaz had a few ralllies, but Juan generally outboxed and outworked him, and won  by scores of 117-111, 116-112, 118-110; after the fight, Juan said, “The first fight was difficult. This was, too, but I was the better fighter tonight. He’s a very good boxer and like every Mexican warrior, we both fought with our hearts and left it all in the ring.”…

 

2009 – on 9-19-09 in Las Vegas he lost a 12 round unanimous decision against former WBC super featherweight, lightweight, super lightweight, WBC and IBF welterweight, and WBC super welterweight world champion Floyd Mayweather (39-0): the fight headlined at the MGM Grand; Juan weighed 142 pounds, the heaviest of his career, and Mayweather weighed 146 – the heaviest Juan or any of his opponents had ever weighed before was 135; Mayweather dominated the fight; he scored a knockdown with a left hook in the 2nd round, consistently outworked Juan, and landed the harder punches; Mayweather steadily wore him down, and won by scores of 119-108, 120-107,118-109; after the fight, Juan said, “It was a very hard fight. He surprised me with the knockdown - he hurt me in that round, but not at any other time. I don’t want to make excuses, but the weight was the problem. He’s too fast. When I hit him he would laugh, but I knew he felt my punches. We tried to work the speed, but the difference was the weight. If I had three or four fights at this weight, I would do better. I did the best that I could do.”…

WON VACANT WBO, WBA L WORLD TITLES – on 2-28-09 in Houston, TX, he won by TKO (9th round) against former WBA-WBC-IBF lightweight world champion and hometown favorite Juan Diaz (34-1): the fight headlined at the Toyota Center, and it was fast-paced and exciting – it won the Boxing Writers Association of America’s award for “2009 Fight of the Year;” Diaz started fast – he pressed forward, outworked Juan, and rocked him several times – Diaz won the 1st round on two scorecards, then swept the 2nd on all three; Juan came back and won the 3rd round on two scorecards, but Diaz rallied and won the 4th round on two scorecards; Juan was cut over his right eye in the 5th round, but Diaz was staggered and cut over his right eye by a left hook in the 8th round; Juan scored two knockdowns in the 9th round – the first with a right hand that dropped Diaz face-first and nearly out of the ring, the second with a right uppercut that dropped him flat on his back - and the referee stopped the fight without a count at 2:40; after eight rounds, the fight was scored 77-75 Marquez, 77-75 Diaz, 76-76; after the fight, Juan said, “I boxed him really well but he is really strong. He hurt me with one body shot but we came to work and we came to box. He threw a lot of punches, but I knew how to contain him. The fight was even, and then I started avoiding his punches and I hurt him in the body. I knew in the fourth round things were changing.”…

 

2008 – on 9-13-08 in Las Vegas he won by TKO (11th round) against lefthanded former WBC lightweight and WBA super featherweight world champion Joel Casamayor (36-3-1): the bout headlined at the MGM Grand - it was a tacitical battle, and very close; the momentum shifted back and forth - Casamayor landed his left hand repeatedly and won the 1st and 2nd rounds on two scorecards, but Juan rallied to win the 3rd and 4th on two; Casamayor was cut over his right eye and his nose was bloodied in the 5th round, and Juan swept the round on all three scorecards; Casamayor came back to win the 6th and 7th rounds on two scorecards, Juan won the 8th on two,  Casamayor won the 9th round on two, then Juan swept the 10th round; Juan scored two knockdowns, both with right hands, in the 11th round and the referee stopped the fight at 2:55; after 10 rounds, the fight was scored 97-93 Marquez, 95-95, 95-95…

 

LOST WBC SF WORLD TITLE – on 3-15-08 in Las Vegas he lost a 12 round split decision against lefthanded former WBC flyweight and IBF jr. featherweight world champion Manny Pacquiao (45-3-2): it was a fast-paced, exciting fight and the momentum shifted back and forth; Pacqiuao swept the 1st round on all three scorecards, but Juan came back, staggered him with a right hand-left hook combination in the 2nd, and swept the round; Pacquiao scored a knockdown with left hand that dropped Juan flat on his back late in the 3rd round, rocked him again later in the round and won the round 10-8 on all three scorecards, then swept the 4th round on all three scorecards, as well; Juan rallied and swept the 5th, 7th, and 8th rounds, but was nicked over his right eye in the 5th, and cut badly over the same eye by a clash of heads in the 7th; Pacquiao was also cut badly over his right eye; Pacquiao staggered Juan with a left hand early in the 10th round, then rocked him against with series of punches moments later and swept the round, but Juan finished the fight very strongly – he swept the 11th round and won the 12th on two scorecards; it looked like the decision could go either way and many observers thought Juan deserved to win, but the judges scored 115-112, 114-113 Pacquiao, 115-112 Marquez; after the fight, Juan said, “I trained for this fight with my heart and I was in great condition. I don’t like the decision. I still feel I am the champion and it was a bad decision. That knockdown, he got me cold, but then I adjusted my game plan and I thought from then on I dictated the rest of the fight. I thought I fought a great fight and still feel like I am the champ. I don’t like the decision.”...

 

2007 – 1ST WBC SF WORLD TITLE DEFENSE – on 11-3-07 in Tucson, AZ, he won a 12 round unanimous decision against 2000 Olympic silver medalist Rocky Juarez (27-3): the fight headlined at the Desert Diamond Casino, and Juan dominated; Juarez gave a determined effort, but was cut badly over his left eye by a clash of heads in the 1st round and it bled for the rest of the fight; Juan was effective with his jab in the early rounds and added three-punch combinations and body punches in the middle rounds, and Juarez’ right eye was swollen badly in the late rounds; scored 120-108, 118-110, 117-111...

WON WBC SF WORLD TITLE - on 3-17-07 in Las Vegas, NV, he won a 12 round unanimous decision against defending champion Marco Antonio Barrera (63-4): the fight headlined at Mandalay Bay and drew an announced crowd of 8,127; it was an exciting battle - Juan started fast and swept the 1st round on all three scorecards, then won the 2nd and 4th on two, but was cut over his left eye in the 4th round; Juan swept the 5th round, won the 6th on two scorecards, then actually scored a 10-8 round on all three scorecards in the 7th round, in spite of the fact that he was floored - Juan stunned Barrera with a right hand midway through the round, then rocked him with a series of punches, but Barrera, with his back on the ropes, floored Juan with a right hand that made him touch both gloves to the canvas; the referee, however, didn’t see the punch and ruled it a slip, then penalized Barrera one point for punching Juan while he was still down; Barrera rallied and won the 8th and 9th rounds on two scorecards, but was cut over his left eye in the 8th; Juan rallied in the late rounds - he rocked Barrera with a right hand early in the 10th, followed that with hard combinations, and swept the round on the scorecards; he was cut over his right eye in the 11th round, but swept the 11th and 12th, as well, and won by scores of 118-109, 116-111, 116-111; after the fight, Juan said, “The judges did their job. I don’t feel it was given to me. They scored and they did it well. They can say whatever they want. I was dominating the fight, and that’s why I got the decision. I tried to knock him out, but he took everything I threw at him. He hit me hard, but I got up, I got up well, and I continued. I could’ve stayed down and looked for a win by disqualification, but I didn’t want to do that. I wanted to win the clean way.”...

 

2006 – 1ST WBO INTERIM F WORLD TITLE DEFENSE – on 11-25-06 in Hidalgo, TX, he won by knockout (9th round) against Jimrex Jaca (27-2-1): Jaca gave a good effort and some rounds were close, but Juan dominated most of the fight; Jaca was cut over his left eye in the 2nd round, Juan was cut over his right eye by a clash of heads in the 5th, and Juan’s cut was made worse by another clash of heads in the 8th round; Juan scored a knockdown with a left hook in the 9th, and Jaca was counted out at at 2:48; after eight rounds, Juan led by scores of 80-72 on all three scorecards; after the fight, Juan said, “This fight was a learning experience for me. I believe it will also open many doors for the bigger fights. I believe this will help me tremendously. I was hoping they wouldn't stop the fight due to the accidental headbutt. I wanted to come in, as they say, through the big door, and thanks to God, I accomplished just that. The people left here very happy and I am very happy about it, too. I trained to win, and thanks to the Lord, the result was a victory.”

WON WBO INTERIM F WORLD TITLE - on 8-5-05 in Stateline, NV, he won by TKO (7th round) against lefthanded Terdsak Jandaeng (24-1): Juan and his brother Rafael were the co-headliners at the MontBleu Sports Pavillion, and drew an estimated crowd of 3,000; Juan started fast and scored a knockdown with a series of punches that dropped Jandaeng face-first in the 2nd round; Jandaeng came back strongly in the 3rd, but was penalized one point for low blows in the round, as well, and Juan’s right eye began to swell; Juan cut Jandaeng over his left eye and scored another knockdown with a series of punches in the 6th, then staggered him with another series of punches in the 7th and the referee stopped the fight at 1:13; after six rounds, Juan led by scores of 60-51, 59-51, 59-52; after the fight, Juan said, “He’s a tough southpaw fighter, so I not surprised he survived the first knockdown. The first time he hit me, I knew I had to watch out. I wasn’t concerned about my eye at first, but as it got worse I did start to worry about it. I’m ready to fight anyone in the 126 and 130-pound divisions. Anyone.”...

 

WBA F WORLD TITLE CHALLENGE - on 3-4-06 in Borneo, INDO, he lost a 12 round unanimous decision against defending champion Chris John (36-0-1): the fight was held in the parking lot at Putra Kerang Melano in Tenggarong City on Borneo Island; Juan pressed forward and scored with body punches, and John constantly circled the large ring and threw occasional jabs; Juan was warned four times for low blows, then was penalized one point in the 10th round and another in the 11th; the judges scored 117-111, 116-110, 116-112; looking back, Juan said, “When anyone reminds me about it, I always get upset. It was a highway robbery. From the first round to the twelfth round, I beat him throughout. There was a whole lot of abnormalities by the referee and the judges: any time I would hurt him, the referee would come in and intervene so he could recover. There were so many things that occurred, but it was a big learning experience for me. Now I know that if you travel to their home countries in Indonesia, people would tell me, ‘You have to knock them out to win or even hit them with the spit bucket, because you won’t get a decision.’ And I found out it was true.”...

 

2005 - 4TH IBF, 3RD WBA F WORLD TITLE DEFENSE - on 5-7-05 in Las Vegas, NV, he won a 12 round unanimous decision against lefthanded Victor Polo (37-4-3): the fight was co-featured with the epic Diego Corrales-Jose Luis Castillo main event at Mandalay Bay, which drew an announced crowd of 5,168; it was a tactical battle, but Juan consistently outworked Polo, landed the sharper punches, and dominated most of the fight; Juan scored a knockdown with a right hand that put Polo on the seat of his trunks in 7th round, and won by scores of 120-107, 119-109, 118-109; after the fight, Juan said, “It was a good tactical match more than anything. I was very confident coming in and after the first two rounds, I felt I had it. It was just a matter of putting it together.”…

 

2004 – 3RD IBF, 2ND WBA F WORLD TITLE DEFENSE - on 9-18-04 in Las Vegas he won a 12 round unanimous decision against Orlando Salido (23-8-1): the fight was the chief support for the Bernard Hopkins-Oscar De La Hoya main event, which drew a crowd of 16,112 to the MGM Grand Garden Arena; it was tactical battle – both fought cautiously in the early and middle rounds and the crowd booed the lack of action; Salido stepped up his pressure in the second half of the fight and was effective at times, but Juan generally outboxed and outworked him and won by scores of 118-110, 117-111, 117-111; after the fight, Juan said, “I think I dominated with my boxing. I knew Salido would box and throw lots of punches. I didn’t want to risk a headbutt, and that’s why I stayed back.”; Salido went on to win the IBF featherweight world title that was previously held by Juan, but was stripped the following week after testing positive for steroids...

 

2ND IBF, 1ST WBA F WORLD TITLE DEFENSE - on 5-8-04 in Las Vegas he had a 12 round draw against lefthanded former WBC flyweight and IBF super bantamweight world champion Manny Pacquiao (38-2-1): Juan was knocked down three times by straight left hands and hurt badly in the 1st round, and his nose was injured and bled throughout the fight; but he showed tremendous heart and determination, gradually recovered, and dominated many of the remaining rounds - Juan swept the 3rd round on all three scorecards, won the 4th on two, then rocked Pacquiao in the 5th and staggered him in the 6th and swept both rounds on all three scorecards; after six rounds, the fight was scored 57-55, 56-55 Pacquiao, 56-55 Marquez; the second half of the fight was exciting and the momentum shifted back and forth, but Juan won the 7th, 8th and 10th rounds on two scorecards and swept the 12th on all three, and the final scores were 115-110 Marquez, 115-110 Pacquiao, 113-113; after the fight, Juan said, “In the first round, I got careless and got hit with a left hand. I was disoriented after the first round, but once I got over that, I thought I controlled the fight.”…

 

2003 – 1ST IBF F WORLD TITLE DEFENSE, WON WBA F WORLD TITLE - on 11-1-03 in Grand Rapids, MI, he won a technical decision (7th round) against lefthanded WBA world champion Derrick Gainer (39-5-1): the bout was on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather-Phillip Ndou main event, and Juan dominated the fight - he constantly pressed forward, but Gainer was extremely elusive and the crowd booed the lack of action; Gainer was cut by an accidental clash of heads in the 7th round, and the referee stopped the fight and went to the scorecards - 70-63, 70-63, 69-64; after the fight, Juan said, “I really expected a lot tougher fight than this. The guy just didn’t want to fight. I think I was starting to hit him and I was finding my rhythm. I don’t think he even hit me.”…

On 8-16-03 in Uncasville, CT, he won by TKO (9th round) against Marcos Licona (20-3-1): it was a nontitle 10-rounder; Juan was originally scheduled to fight WBA featherweight world champion Derrick Gainer, but Gainer tore a pectoral muscle in training and withdrew from the fight; Juan dominated the fight with a busier pace and harder punches, and scored a knockdown with a right uppercut in the 8th; he rocked Licona with a series of punches in the 9th round and cut him under the left eye, and Licona’s cornermen stopped the fight after the round; after the fight, Juan said, “I listened to my corner tonight. They kept telling me he was open for the uppercut, and it worked in the eighth round.”…

WON VACANT IBF F WORLD TITLE – on 2-1-03 in Las Vegas he won by TKO (7th round) against former four-time featherweight world champion Manuel Medina (60-12): Juan dominated the fight; he knocked down Medina early in the 2nd round, then staggered him in the 4th and 5th and Medina’s nose was bloodied and his right eye was swollen; Juan scored another knockdown in the 7th round, and the referee stopped the fight due to Medina’s swollen eye at 1:18; after six rounds, Juan led by scores of 59-54, 59-54, 58-55; after the fight, Juan said, “I have been waiting for years for a title. I thought I was going to take him out in the second round, but like all Mexican fighters, he’s a great champion with tremendous heart.”…

 

2002 – on 6-21-02 in Las Vegas he won by TKO (10th round) against former Mexican featherweight champion Hector Marquez (25-8): Juan dominated the fight and scored a knockdown in the 8th round; he scored another knockdown in the 10th, and the referee stopped the fight without a count at 0:28; after nine rounds, Juan led by scores of 89-81 on all three scorecards; after the fight, Juan said, “We were coming from a hard fight in March, but we came to do our job. I thought it was a hard fight. He is a strong fighter.”…

WON NABF, VACANT USBA F TITLES, IBF F WORLD TITLE ELIMINATOR - on 3-9-02 in Pittsburgh, PA, he won by TKO (10th round) against defending NABF champion Robbie Peden (20-1): Juan dominated the fight with a busier pace and more accurate punching, and steadily wore down Peden; Juan rocked Peden with a series of hard punches in the 10th round, including several to the body; Peden vomited in his corner after the round, and the referee immediately stopped the fight; after 10 rounds, Juan led by scores of 99-91, 99-91, 97-93; looking back, Juan said, “It was a concern. I didn’t think my punches were really getting to him that hard early on, but by the later rounds I could see his face swelling up and the body shots were hurting him. I had no idea he was being sick in his corner. I was so busy in my own corner, I really had no idea until the fight was over. At the press conference afterwards, I made a point of asking if he was OK, and he told me he was. I felt very relieved I hadn’t hurt him.”; Peden went on to win the IBF jr. lightweight world title…

 

2001 - on 10-19-01 in Worley, ID, he won by knockout (1st round) against Johnny Walker (18-3): Juan quickly overpowered Walker – he scored two knockdowns in the 1st round that left Walker dazed, and the referee stopped the fight at 0:56…

On 8-19-01 in Wendover, UT, he won by TKO (6th round) against Julio Gamboa (24-5-1): Juan dominated the fight and overpowered him; Gamboa was cut over both eyes, and his corner stopped the fight after the 6th round…

On 4-1-01 in Reno, NV, he won by TKO (2nd round) against Baby Lorona (30-15-3): Juan scored two knockdowns in the 2nd round, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:50…

On 2-11-01 in Reno he won by TKO (7th round) against former U.S. National amateur champion Sean Fletcher (25-5): Fletcher gave a strong effort, but Juan scored two knockdowns in the 6th round; he scored two more knockdowns in the 7th, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:54…

 

2000 – on 10-22-00 in Reno he won by knockout (3rd round) against former world title challenger Reynante Jamili (43-6): Juan scored two knockdowns in the 2nd round; he scored another knockdown in the 3rd, and Jamili was counted out at 1:14…

On 8-27-00 in Las Vegas he won by won by TKO (7th round) against against former WBO champion Daniel Jimenez (28-8-1): Juan dominated the fight, and Jimenez’ corner stopped the fight after the 7th round; Juan led 70-63 on all three scorecards…

WON VACANT NABO F TITLE – on 5-20-00 in Stateline, NV, he won a 12 round unanimous decision against former world title challenger Roque Cassiani (18-6-1): Cassiani was very elusive, but Juan dominated the fight; he staggered Cassiani in the 6th round, and won by scores of 119-109, 119-109, 118-110…

 

1999 – on 11-20-99 in Las Vegas he won by TKO (8th round) against former world title challenger Remigio Molina (35-3-1): Juan scored one knockdown in the 2nd round; he scored three more in the 8th, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:01…

WBA F WORLD TITLE CHALLENGE – on 9-11-99 in Las Vegas he lost a 12 round unanimous decision against lefthanded defending champion Fred Norwood (34-0-1): it was a tactical bout and a controversial decision; Juan was knocked down in the 2nd round but recovered, outworked Norwood for much of the fight, and scored a knockdown in the 9th; the crowd booed the announcement of the scores - 114-112, 115-111, 117-112; looking back, Juan said, “Most definitely I thought I won that fight. I think I pressured him all night long. I thought I did the better things that night, but I don’t think about it any more. I’m only thinking about the present.”…

On 5-10-99 in Inglewood, CA, he won by TKO (2nd round) against Wilfredo Vargas (23-11): Juan scored four knockdowns, and Vargas’ corner threw in the towel to stop the fight at 2:02 of the 2nd round…

On 2-20-99 in Coachella, CA, he won by knockout (1st round, 1:54) against DeJesus Garcia (24-8)…

 

1998 – 6TH NABO F TITLE DEFENSE – on 10-24-98 in Las Vegas he won by knockout (3rd round) against Francisco Arreola (29-2-2)…

5TH NABO F TITLE DEFENSE - on 8-22-98 in Las Vegas he won by TKO (8th round, 1:09) against Enrique Jupiter (31-8-1)…

4TH NABO F TITLE DEFENSE – on 6-20-98 in Las Vegas he won by TKO (4th round) against Juan Cabrera (32-3): Cabrera was cut two times over his left eye and once under his left eye, and the referee stopped the fight at 0:40 of the 4th round…

 

1997 – 3RD NABO F TITLE DEFENSE - on 11-22-97 in Las Vegas he won a 12 round unanimous decision against former WBO bantamweight world champion Alfred Kotey (22-5): scored 117-110 on all three scorecards…

2ND NABO F DEFENSE – on 9-27-97 in Stateline he won by TKO (12th round, 2:17) against Vincent Howard (14-3-2)…

1ST NABO F TITLE DEFENSE - on 4-21-97 in Inglewood he won a 12 round unanimous decision against Agapito Sanchez (22-3-1): scored 120-107, 119-108, 117-110; Sanchez went on to win the WBO jr. featherweight world title in 2001…

WON NABO F TITLE – on 2-3-97 in Anaheim, CA, he won by TKO (10th round) against lefthanded Cedric Mingo (22-7-1): Juan bloodied Mingo’s nose in the 9th round and scored a knockdown in the 10th; Mingo’s corner stopped the fight after the 10th round…

He debuted at the age of 19 on 5-29-93 in Mexico City and lost by disqualification (1st round) against Javier Duran (1-0)…

Amateur / Personal Background

AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Juan said through an interpreter, “I was born in Mexico City. I have two brothers and five sisters. My father, Rafael Marquez, worked for the government. He was also a professional boxer. He had maybe 40 fights. He was a big sports fan and he got us into boxing. He took my brother Rafael and me to the gym one day, and Nacho Beristain just happened to be there.

“I started boxing when I was about eight years old, but I started entering tournaments when I was 13. I had 36 amateur fights, I was 35-1. I won a couple of Golden Gloves tournaments in Mexico City, but it was difficult to get on the Olympic team. There were some elimination tournaments, but they already had their favorites and we were just going through the motions. Even if you won, you weren’t even considered. That was just a waste of time.”...

Even with a successful boxing career, Juan held a full-time job as an accountant until 2000…he and his wife Erica have two sons, Aldo Manuel and Juan Emilio, and a daughter, Allison Natalia…Juan owns some rental properties and a sports bar in Mexico City…

Juan’s wife and his brother Rafael’s wife are sisters...Juan said, “I am to blame for this. I was dating my wife, at the time my girlfriend, and Rafael says to me, ‘Her sister is very beautiful, could you introduce her to me?’ I introduced her to him, and that was how their love story began. Then they got married.”…

From Sports Illustrated, Feb. 2, 2007 [excerpts]: At first glance the Romanza boxing gym doesn’t stand out in a row of dilapidated buildings in Mexico City. Climb the stairs to the second floor and you find little in the way of boxing equipment, just a pair of battered heavy bags and, in front of a wall of windows that magnify the intense heat, a lightly padded ring with ropes that appear to be one good push away from snapping. It’s the kind of place where you expect to find a group of neighborhood kids horsing around - and you do, because Juan Manuel and Rafael Márquez are nothing if not two boys from the barrio.

Growing up in a spartan two-bedroom house in the dangerous neighborhood of Iztapalapa, the brothers were introduced to boxing by their father, Rafael Sr., as a method of self-defense. “Where we lived was where the real tough life was,” says Rafael Jr.... “Drugs, gangs, the Mexican mafia; it was dangerous to walk out the front door.”

Rafael Sr., an accomplished fighter in his day (he amassed a respectable 35-5 record while working as a machine operator in a steel factory and later as a file clerk in the government’s agriculture department), taught his sons the fundamentals of boxing in his 3-by-3-meter bedroom. There wasn’t space anywhere else in the house; the other bedroom was packed with three sets of bunk beds where the eight Márquez children slept. “When we woke up in the morning, we would literally fall on top of each other,” says Juan Manuel...

“Juan Manuel has my style and movement,” says Rafael Sr., “but Rafael has the kind of power I never had.” The two boys combined training with roughing up the suitors of their five sisters. [End Sports Illustrated item]...

 

STRENGTHS: Has good skills, speed, and movement…a sharp, accurate combination puncher with good power in both hands…a good counterpuncher, and a good body puncher…is poised and patient in the ring, has a good defense…is always in top condition…physically strong and tough, has tremendous heart and determination…is experienced against top opposition…

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 63 fights...471 total rounds...164 world championship rounds...28 interim world championship rounds...

AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 7.4 rounds...

KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: 72 %...

DISTANCE FIGHTS: 12 rounds – 17 (10-6-1)...11 rounds – 1 (1-0)…10 rounds – 7 (7-0)...