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 Last update:  3/1/2014       Read more by Rene Umanzor         
   
Juan Diaz Felt The Fire After Pacquiao Got Knocked Out
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By Rene Umanzor

Juan Diaz (38-4, 19KOs) is ready for his first fight in 2014. Later tonight at the Alamodome in San Antonio, he will face Gerardo Robles in a fight that marks the path toward a world title. Diaz, 30-years-old, walked away from boxing in 2010, after losing a twelve round decision in his rematch with Juan Manuel Marquez.

After watching the much older Marquez score a dramatic one-punch knockout of Manny Pacquiao in December of 2012, Diaz felt his inner fire reignited and he resumed his career last April.

"I want to win another world title. I want to be one of the few fighters who was a world champion, then retired and then returned to be crowned again. I'm stronger now and I want to prove I still have the qualities [to be a champion]. The 2010 bout against Juan Manuel Marquez was the one that closed my career, it was when I decided to retire and start my own business," said Diaz.

"When I saw the last fight between Marquez against Manny Pacquiao, seeing Juan beat him by knockout - it lit the fire again and I decided to come back. The three years I was out helped me because I trained a lot, boxing was my life. All the time I was training so I had to rest from the eight years of boxing."

Rene Umanzor covers boxing in Mexico for The Record.

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comment by LetsGetCrackin, on 03-02-2014
[QUOTE=LarryXXX]what does Juan knocking Manny out have to do with Juan Diaz at all?? this made absolutely 0 sense[/QUOTE] Whats up with the altered video of Manny and Floyd fighting ? Guess thats the only way you will see them in the ring together, as Maynever will never step into the ring wit...

comment by radiotracer, on 03-01-2014
[QUOTE=newcastleking]100% perfect punch. I understand it was like jfk assassination to pacquiao fans. I like pac a lot but jm always had his number.[/QUOTE] sorry but I think marquez is 1-2-1 against pac. Now marquez won't give him rematch for the loss. What a hero.

comment by radiotracer, on 03-01-2014
[QUOTE=delukard]I will agree as a mexican that marquez maybe tainted by steroids. But i also think the same thing about paquiao. Only a fool can't see this. OR maybe they are both clean, because they never got caugth! and BTW Steroid or no steroids, that was no lucky punch. amateur paqui...

comment by radiotracer, on 03-01-2014
[QUOTE=Cutthroat]Marquez's knockout should be an inspiration to all, no matter how many times he got robbed he came back, said fvck the judges, and nearly took Pac's head off.[/QUOTE] and after finally winning after being granted four rematches he doesn't return the favor. That kind of :*******: ...

comment by newcastleking, on 03-01-2014
100% perfect punch. I understand it was like jfk assassination to pacquiao fans. I like pac a lot but jm always had his number.

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