Nacho: Marquez's Knockout of Pacquiao Was NOT a Lucky Shot!

By Miguel Rivera

Nacho Beristain, the career-long trainer of former four division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez (56-7-1, 40 KOs), was very sad to see his fighter walk away from the sport.

Nacho had been pressing Marquez, nearly 44 years old, to retire from boxing.

But Marquez, inactive since May of 2014, continued to train for a potential ring return.


On Friday, Marquez officially announced his retirement from the sport.

"He spoke to me very calmly but I did feel a touch of sadness and I was very pleased because I was waiting for some time [for Marquez to retire]. I did not like to see him make an effort to get to the weight. But he showed me that here in this ring that he was a complete athlete because he was training for four weeks and was fighting with welterweights," Nacho told ESPN Deportes.

"I am completely proud to have been his coach from the beginning of his career to the very end, for his discipline, his character, for being a great fighter and a great friend."

The biggest win of Marquez's career was certainly his sixth round knockout of Manny Pacquiao from the fall of 2012 - which as the fourth meeting between the two fighters.

Marquez was in serious trouble during the sixth, but in the closing seconds Pacquiao jumped in to land a combination and Marquez caught him cold with a perfect counter that sent the Filipino superstar crashing to the mat, face first.

"We worked hard together with the physical trainer (Memo) Heredia and that gave him the physical strength and explosiveness to get him the right speed to be able to catch [Pacquiao] with that counter. But we worked a lot, so I was a little annoyed because some of the major boxing people said that it was a stroke of luck and lucky shots only exist in the movies," Nacho said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Lomadeaux on 08-08-2017

Marquez dropped Rocky Suarez with the same punch in sparring weeks before the fight.

Comment by SmokinYungJr on 08-08-2017

PAC fans that say Marquez got lucky are the same ass hurt delusional PAC fans who also think that PAC won the other 3 times. Anyone who watches boxing and actually understands it without looking at a fight with unbiased…

Comment by DominiBox on 08-07-2017

Marquez caught Pacquiao with the same shot after he was knocked down in the fifth. Watch at 1:38 I'm a Pacquiao fan. I have to admit that was the most horrible day as a boxing fan. Buy it was not…

Comment by Deeznuts on 08-07-2017

Wasn't a lucky shot. Pacquiao still has the edge on this rivalry tho

Comment by LaBéstia on 08-07-2017

what people mean by lucky punch is when everything goes well and it connects right in the spot, in the right moment, when the fighter is standing in a certain way, the power in which the punch is thrown... so…

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