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 Last update:  4/6/2012       Read more by Keith Idec         
   
Marquez: I Came Back at This Point For Pacquiao Rematch
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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.

Tags: Manny Pacquiao , Juan Manuel Marquez


 

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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 must be protected at all cost, only way is with a knockout and i dont think marquez has ...

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 had it but you gotta take that belt from Pacquiao. I had the fight 115-113 Pacq...

comment by PacmanP4PLegend, on 04-06-2012
[QUOTE=Stop]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 on the old man because he cries robbery way too much.[/QUOTE] Th...

comment by PacmanP4PLegend, on 04-06-2012
[QUOTE=gnote650]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 can't fight for ***** against a boxing cou...

comment by v.cassiusali@ya, 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 already, then why cry for a fourth fight..? pac has only one fight ...

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