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Marquez: If No Pacquiao Bout, I Want To Defend My Title

By Ernesto Castellanos, notifight.com

WBO junior welterweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez (54-6-1, 39KOs) is waiting to speak with his promoter Fernando Beltran of Zanfer Promotions to figure out his next move in 2012. Marquez would like a fourth fight with Manny Pacquiao, who returns on November 10th. Marquez is one of the frontrunners to face Pacquiao in the fall.

If Marquez is unable to secure Pacquiao, he wants to defends one of his titles.

"I hope to talk to him at any moment, either in person or by telephone to find out who I'm going to fight, "Marquez said. "But I haven't received any news. I want to close the year out by defending one of my titles."

Marquez is willing to make the first defense of the WBO title at 140-pounds, or even drop down to 135 to defend his WBO/WBA titles. Marquez still regards himself as the WBA/WBO champion at lightweight.

"These [sanctioning bodies] have not informed me otherwise [that I'm not the champion at 135], so I consider myself the lightweight champion of these groups," Marquez said. "In the ring, nobody has taken the lightweight crown from me."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by LeG00N on 08-10-2012

[QUOTE=tlarry;12417274]JMM fought multiple times against Paquiao and Barrera in their primes, BUT you've avoided your countryman legend, Erik Morales. In fact Arum tried to get JMM this past July in Texas Stadium which would have been a huge box office.…

Comment by tlarry on 08-10-2012

JMM fought multiple times against Paquiao and Barrera in their primes, BUT you've avoided your countryman legend, Erik Morales. In fact Arum tried to get JMM this past July in Texas Stadium which would have been a huge box office.…

Comment by Punching Diva on 08-10-2012

[QUOTE=BIGPOPPAPUMP;12415017]WBO junior welterweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez (54-6-1, 39KOs) is waiting to speak with his promoter Fernando Beltran of Zanfer Promotions to figure out his next move in 2012. Marquez would like a fourth fight with Manny Pacquiao, who returns…

Comment by newcastleking on 08-10-2012

JMM will fight until hes forty something. Hell beat any top contender at 135-140., any of them.

Comment by beast702 on 08-10-2012

Just get back in the ring. We need Marquez in this sport.. hes not done.

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