April 13, 2012 |
If all goes as planned Saturday night, Juan Manuel Marquez, the veteran technician, and Brandon Rios, the young aggressor, will clear their final hurdles to a July 14 junior-welterweight showdown at Cowboys Stadium outside Dallas. "That's what I'd like to do," fight promoter Bob Arum said Friday. "We have to discuss terms with both, they both have to win, nothing is finalized, but it'd be a great fight. "Brandon Rios is a tremendous warrior. Marquez is a masterful boxer. " Saturday night at 6 p.m. on pay-per-view television, Rios (29-0-1, 22 knockouts)
November 13, 2012 |
For those who might yawn at the idea of Manny Pacquiao's fighting Juan Manuel Marquez for a fourth time Dec. 8, know that Pacquiao does not. As a Tuesday conversation with The Times and an ensuing sparring session revealed, the Filipino superstar burns for the brawl. “Aggressiveness is the most important thing for this fight,” Pacquiao said. Although he has won two of the decisions -- including a victory last November that might have been the strongest performance yet by Marquez -- and had a draw, Pacquiao found motivation to erase some perceptions that have become attached to the series.
March 26, 2014 |
Juan Manuel Marquez says he doesn't view Mike Alvarado as the beaten-up puncher the rest of us might picture. “I need to be at my best because this will be the best Mike Alvarado we have seen,” Marquez told The Times in a telephone interview from the Forum in Inglewood, where he'll return to fight May 17 on HBO. The 40-year-old Marquez (55-7-1, 40 knockouts) says he's prepared for a desperate welterweight opponent in Alvarado (34-2, 23 KOs), who's out to avoid a career-threatening third loss in four fights.
June 20, 2013 |
Juan Manuel Marquez was subjected to skepticism in December when the newly buffed-up multichampion boxer knocked Manny Pacquiao out stone cold, the first time Pacquaio hit the canvas in the pair's five fights. Now, Marquez, in advance of his Oct. 12 world welterweight title fight at Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas against Palm Springs' Timothy Bradley, is due to be subjected to an unspecified number of random drug tests. There remains, however, some questions about who will preside over the testing.
December 10, 2012 |
LAS VEGAS -- Juan Manuel Marquez on Monday vowed, “I am a clean fighter,” predicting his drug tests in Nevada will come back negative while adding that he'll seek to do random, Olympic-style testing before his next fight. “I feel very happy with my training, I feel great about the tests,” Marquez told The Times in a telephone conversation from his MGM Grand suite before boarding a flight home to Mexico. “I won't have a problem.” Marquez, 39, rallied from three bitterly contested fights against Manny Pacquiao - - two losses and a draw - - to knock out Pacquiao with a precise and brutal right counter-punch late in the sixth round in a likely fight-of-the-year performance Saturday night.
September 12, 2012 |
After much deliberation, Manny Pacquiao decided that meeting his foil, Juan Manuel Marquez, for a fourth time trumps avenging a controversial loss in a fight most believe he won. Two sources close to the negotiations but unauthorized to speak publicly about the deal, told The Times on Wednesday that Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 knockouts) will fight Marquez on Dec. 8 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas after rejecting a rematch with Timothy Bradley. Pacquiao edged Marquez in a majority decision in November, and the two have been separated by only the slightest of margins in their prior 36 rounds.