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David Diaz: I Have The Tools to Beat Juan Manuel Marquez

By Ronnie Nathanielsz

MANILA—Former WBC world lightweight champion David Diaz believes he can beat Mexico’s Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez should their planned July fight in Mexico City  push through. BoxingScene.com reported several days ago that there are financial issues with getting the fight done. The two sides are reportedly far apart on the money.

Diaz told the Inquirer in an overseas telephone conversation that although no contract has been signed, “it’s a fight that I want and I really do hope it happens.”

At the same time, the southpaw who was battered by pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao into submission in a 9th round TKO in 2008 said “I’ve been in the gym, doing my roadwork and a little bit of shadow boxing so just in case they do want me, I’ll be ready for them.”

Diaz said “everybody knows the way I fight and its going to be one of those fights where I go to him. I’m not going to be running away from him but I’ll have to be smart about it and I think we have the tools to beat him.”

The 34-year-old Diaz has a record of 36-3-1 with 17 knockouts.

In his last fight early this year, the Chicago native beat Robert Frankel by a majority ten-round decision. Diaz earlier dropped a unanimous twelve-round decision to Humberto Soto for the vacant WBC lightweight title on last year.

Marquez, the reigning WBA and WBO champion, has a record of 52-5-1 with 38 knockouts.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Saddlebred on 05-23-2011

[QUOTE=Uncle Sam;10585850]I am shocked that you completely missed David Diaz vs. Humberto Soto which was the [B]main undercard fight[/B] to Pacquiao-Clottey. So when you say, you haven't heard much of Diaz since his fight with Pacman, you actually mean that…

Comment by Twako on 05-23-2011

i think he meant he'll have a crowbar, pipe wrench and a footlong screwdriver tucked in his trunks when they fight.

Comment by newcastleking on 05-23-2011

marquez will smash diaz and still not get the pac fight.

Comment by chiguy91 on 05-23-2011

then sign the fight if you have the tools...i missed his last fight when it was here, but it is what it is, his style will make the fight exciting for as long as it lasts. i hope this does…

Comment by Visceral on 05-23-2011

Not only do you don't have the tools, you don't live in the same state as the hardware store that has the tools, you don't even have directions to the hardware store.

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