Juan Manuel Marquez Finally Talks: 'My Goal is Pacquiao!'

By Ernesto Castellanos

Juan Manuel Marquez, the WBA/WBO world lightweight champion, has finally spoken out after weeks of silence. The former three division champion had recently met with Golden Boy Promotions to discuss the possibilty of re-signing with their company, and they offered him a two fight deal which includes a July showdown with IBF 140-pound champion Zab Judah.

Based on what Marquez indicates, he plans to defend his lightweight titles in June or July and then wants Pacquiao in November.

"My goal, the priority in my career is Manny Pacquiao. For several days I've been training for my next fight, scheduled for June or July. It's supposed to be a fight where I will defend my lightweight titles, and in November there could be the fight against Pacquiao. But the reality is, it won't be easy to get that fight," Marquez said. 

"If I renew my contract with Golden Boy, there could be a problem. Pacquiao hardly accepts any fights with anyone [who is with] Golden Boy. Another way to make this fight is to go to another company, or work as a free agent."

Ernesto Castellanos covers the boxing scene for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Mr Reality on 04-23-2011

Fight shoud have been made at @135 but Team Pac & Table setter Bob the defruader ...Blah, wanted the tailor made D Diaz (whatever happened to that great Lightweight champ). Boxing got screwed out of a great fight and nuthuggers…

Comment by LeadUppercut on 04-22-2011

[QUOTE=doninlouisiana;10417237]Right on DocG! :fing02: As for a Marquez vs Pac fight, I can't wait for that one. We will be guaranteed a war even if it doesn't last that long with a 2 handed Pac.( Pac did not have a…

Comment by ramses07 on 04-21-2011

[QUOTE=Dan Gutierrez;10416716]This guy Juan Manuel Marquez like to put his name next to Manny Pacquiao but this guy Juan Manuel Marquez does not have the personality to be among the elite boxers of today.[/QUOTE] what does personality and boxing have…

Comment by Unknown Champ on 04-21-2011

JMM is so hungry for that fight and not just for the money, he wants to kick pacs arse and I have a hunch if they fight he could pull it off, that is at 140

Comment by doninlouisiana on 04-21-2011

[QUOTE=DocG;10413781]NICE!!! Damn Right!!!:boxing: Floydie MayNever ducked Pacquiao, Cotto, Margarito, Paul Williams, Clottey....:dance: Folydie GayRunner faced an old old overweight Marquez......and an old Mosely:loser:[/QUOTE] Right on DocG! :fing02: As for a Marquez vs Pac fight, I can't wait for that…

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