In his upcoming match against Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao on November 12, 2011 in Las Vegas, boxing analysts have already declared Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez as the definite underdog in the fight. However, these declarations may be premature. “Underdog” he may be against the world’s “pound-for-pound” champion. But Marquez has also built up a stellar boxing career fighting boxers who are considerably much stronger than him.
In his illustrious ring career encompassing eighteen years, Marquez is the fourth boxer born in Mexico to win eight world championship titles in three divisions. The titles he had won include the IBP Featherweight Championship, the WBA Super World Featherweight Championship, the WBC Super Featherweight Championship, the WBA Super World Lightweight Championship, and the WBO Lightweight Championship. At present, Marquez holds the WBA, WBO and The Ring Lightweight World Champion Title.
The Ring Magazine ranks Marquez as the Number Four “pound-for-pound” boxer in the world, just one rank below another Filipino fighter Unified WBC and WBO Bantamweight Champion Nonito Donaire and three ranks lower than his nemesis Manny Pacquiao, who is at Number One.
Marquez is known as an orthodox boxer, especially noted for his great speed and unique counter-punches. He is considered one of the best combination punchers in boxing, utilizing precision overhand punches and powerful uppercuts. In fact, in his previous encounters with Pacquiao, “Dinamita” had actually dazed his stellar opponent with swift combination punches. Marquez is also a great endurance fighter, who could fight the full 12 rounds of a professional boxing match.
For his upcoming match with the “Pacman”, Marquez must have complete control over his formidable arsenal of punches if he is to emerge the better fighter. And this is indeed his goal. The last two matches that he had with Pacquiao all had controversial endings.
In their first match in May 2004, the fight ended in a controversial draw because of an error that one of the judges made in his scorecard. In their second encounter on March 15, 2008, it was Pacquiao who won by split decision. It is this fight in particular that is eating away at Marquez’ pride because boxing analysts have been claiming that the winner of that match should have been him. For three years, Marquez had been seeking a rematch against the “Fighting Congressman”, but his challenges to the Filipino champion have been denied.
This coming November 12, Marquez will be facing Pacquiao for the third and, possibly, the last time. During this match, scores will finally be settled. Will Marquez rise from the controversial ashes of their past two encounters and redeem himself as a true “pound-for-pound” champion? Or will it be Pacquiao who will douse the spark from the powerful “Dinamita”?
Don’t fail to watch the much-anticipated grudge match and World Welterweight Championship fight between Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez. Get your tickets now!