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Marquez: As a Free Agent, I'll Get Pacquiao, I Deserve It!

By Miguel Rivera

WBA/WBO lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez (52-5, 38KOs) is going full speed with his free agent status. He says his contract has expired with Golden Boy Promotions and the big fight on his list is a third clash with Manny Pacquiao. Golden Boy and Pacquiao's promoter, Top Rank, don't work with each other. The rivalry between the two companies has prevented Marquez from completing his trilogy with Pacquiao.

From this point going forward, Marquez wants to avoid binding himself to any promotional agreements. He fought Pacquiao to a draw in 2004 and lost a split decision to the Filipino in 2008. Pacquiao will defend his WBO welterweight title against Shane Mosley on May 7.

"I've earned the opportunity. It's the fight I want. Everyone wants to see what's going to happen. The fight is attractive and I want to get rid of this thorn in my side. I want to close this chapter. I'm at the end of my career and I want to prove myself as a free agent. I know that under these conditions, I can secure the fight with Pacquiao," Marquez said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by LeadUppercut on 03-22-2011

[QUOTE=pacfan;10266451]weight shouldn't be an issue here. don't know why people have become so phukking sissies as if they're the ones who will box. marquez doens't have to come in at 147. just as manny didn't have to weigh in at…

Comment by LeadUppercut on 03-21-2011

[QUOTE=joelab75;10264647]no BIG disadvantage in weight. Marquez can come in where he is comfortable let say 136 lbs and dont need to dehydrate then come in at 144 lbs on fight night. Pac will weight 146 lbs come fight night. so…

Comment by LeadUppercut on 03-21-2011

[QUOTE=don miguel;10264634]I agree too. But JMM will accept the fight at 144 even though he knows he will be at a disadvantage. He will risk getting beat up in exchange for a big purse. Don't blame Manny if JMM accepts…

Comment by Fearless BONG on 03-21-2011

[QUOTE=Donito Nonaire;10260494]If Mayweather wasn't able to knock Marquez out at WW, I don't think Pacquiao can too. A KD maybe, but Marquez is smart enough not to get KTFO. I think if a third fight gets made, it will be…

Comment by pacfan on 03-21-2011

weight shouldn't be an issue here. don't know why people have become so phukking sissies as if they're the ones who will box. marquez doens't have to come in at 147. just as manny didn't have to weigh in at…

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