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Marquez: I Came Back at This Point For Pacquiao Rematch

By Keith Idec

Juan Manuel Marquez wouldn’t say much about the possibility of boxing Brandon Rios this summer.

The Mexican icon made it as clear as possible, however, that the only reason he decided not to retire was to chase a fourth fight against Manny Pacquiao. Marquez admitted he contemplated retirement following another narrow, controversial loss to Pacquiao on Nov. 12 in Las Vegas, but he ultimately agreed to oppose Ukraine’s Sergey Fedchenko on April 14 in Mexico City for the interim WBO junior welterweight title.

“I want the rematch with Manny,” Marquez said. “I came back to this point because I want the rematch.”

Marquez (53-6-1, 39 KOs) had to wait 3½ years for his third fight against Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs) after losing a split decision to the Filipino superstar in March 2008. The 38-year-old Marquez probably won’t have to wait nearly that long for a fourth fight because it’ll be Pacquiao’s most attractive alternative if he defeats Timothy Bradley (28-0, 12 KOs, 1 NC) on June 9 and cannot land an ever-elusive fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Promoter Bob Arum acknowledged on the same conference call that Marquez “deserves” a fourth fight against Pacquiao and said he would focus on making Pacquiao-Marquez IV if Mayweather wasn’t a realistic option later this year.

Arum added that he didn’t try to make another Pacquiao-Marquez match immediately because he “got the sense that [Pacquiao] was willing to fight a rematch with Juan Manuel, but not as his next fight.”

Marquez might risk a fourth crack at Pacquiao by accepting a July 14 fight against Rios at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, but he would be favored over Rios (29-0-1, 22 KOs). A Marquez-Rios fight is dependent upon Rios overcoming Cuba’s Richard Abril (17-2-1, 8 KOs) on April 14 in Las Vegas and Marquez defeating Fedchenko (30-1, 13 KOs) that night in a split-site, pay-per-view doubleheader.

“The most important thing for me is April 14,” Marquez said. He reiterated, though, that “I think I won that last fight [against Pacquiao], but I want to demonstrate who won and I’m looking for the rematch.”

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by kingfaze19 on 04-07-2012

marquez will outbox him again, embarrass manny for the fraud that he is, but he would still get robbed in the end... this is about money, no matter what marquez does, he cannot win vs a cashcow like manny, he…

Comment by MoneyLarry on 04-07-2012

Does Juan Manuel Marquez deserve a rematch with Manny Pacquiao absolutely. Is he gonna get it? Not any time soon. Did he win the 3rd fight? Absolutely not. Marquez COULD have won but he stop boxing from round 9-12. He…

Comment by PacmanP4PLegend on 04-06-2012

[QUOTE=Stop;11978197]Pac would just beat JMM each and every single time. Maybe JMM should focus more on being aggressive and not using illegal tactics as part of his game plan (foot stomping). Anyway I don't mind Pac laying another beat down…

Comment by PacmanP4PLegend on 04-06-2012

[QUOTE=gnote650;11977912]Got dropped 4x times but manage to get up everytime to school Pacduckiao FACT!!!! Biatch ass Pacduckiao couldn't finish a boxer supposedly smaller than him. Weak!!!! The catchweight has to weight drain his opponents so he has a chance and…

Comment by [email protected] on 04-06-2012

old man cry-baby marquez just wanted another million dollar payday he could only get by fighting pacquiao...he will not engage but wait for pac to come in and cry robbery again...if he really thought he won against pac 3 times…

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