By Miguel Rivera
Ignacio "Nacho" Beristain, trainer of former four division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez, would like to see his boxer face World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Jeff Horn.
Horn captured the world title last Saturday night in Brisbane, Australia with an upset twelve round decision over Manny Pacquiao.
Marquez had faced Pacquiao four times - going 1-2-1 in the series. The last time they met, in 2012, Marquez scored a sensational one-punch knockout in the sixth round.
Marquez, 43 years old, is scheduled to return on a date in August and then wants a major fight before the year is over.
"I've been watching [Marquez training], so I do not think it's crazy of me [to want the fight with Horn], he's been looking super good [in camp]," Nacho said to ESPN Deportes after leaving the Romanza gym after a couple of hours of work with the ex-champion.
"Pacquiao failed himself, I think he is very involved in his political career and wasn't training as he should have been, although he is still a great fighter. And Marquez has all of the right faculties. Against Horn, the right technique would be imposed, although he is a fighter who climbs to the scale at welterweight and then comes into the fight as a middleweight."
Marquez is interested in facing Horn, but he doesn't want to overlook his return fight in August. That bout will be Marquez's first since May of 2014, when he dominated Mike Alvarado over twelve rounds.
"Look, I could see Horn being possibility, but I'm focused on the fight coming up right now. Whether I'm going to face [Miguel] Cotto in December or even this fight with Horn, the first thing I need to do right now is get through this fight so I can figure out how high I can reach," Marquez said.
"[Zanfer Promotions] is looking at August 19 and I'm training for that. I hope to find out the opponent and location shortly."