Saturday, April 16, 2011

Marquez wears ‘I beat Pacquiao twice’ shirt

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Mexican boxing champion Juan Manuel Marquez said he has become more keyed up for a possible third bout with Fighter of the Decade Manny Pacquiao.

“Pacquiao, Pacquiao, Pacquiao, I sound like a broken record already,” Marquez said in the post-fight press conference. He wore a shirt that stated, “I beat Pacquiao twice,”.

He now boasts of a record of 52-5-1, including 38 knockout wins. In the press conference, Marquez reiterated his call, saying he should be the next challenger to the 8-division champion Pacquiao.

“Yes, he beat bigger fellows but they are all past their prime while I beat younger and stronger boxers like Juan Diaz and Michael Katsidis,” he claimed.

The boxer said he will fight Pacquiao if the latter agrees to fight at 140 to 142 lbs.

“I know he can make that weight as when he fought Margarito, he was just 144 lbs. So if they insist in fight at 147, like Freddie Roach has mentioned, they are again giving excuses,” he said.

Pacquiao’s Hall-of-Famer coach had said that the boxing superstar will only fight next in the welterweight division. He said the Filipino boxer seems more “comfortable” weighing at 147 lbs.

Marquez calls out Pacquiao

The brash Mexican called on boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao to face him so they could prove once and for all who between the two of them is the better fighter.Marquez made the challenge shortly after disposing of Michael Katsidis in the ninth round of their title fight to retain his World Boxing Association (WBA) and World Boxing Organization (WBO) lightweight belts at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“Pacquiao, Pacquiao, Pacquiao, I sound like a broken record already,” said Marquez during the post-fight interview.

“I will fight him at 140 or even 142 lbs. I know he can make that weight as when he fought Margarito,” added the soft-spoken Mexican. He noted how Pacquiao, his long-time rival, came in at 144 lbs. at the official weigh-in of his recent super-welterweight fight with Antonio Margarito.

The challenge Marquez hurled is just the latest in a series his camp has made on the 31-year-old Pacquiao, the same fighter whom he turned down in 2004 when a rematch was in the planning stage. That controversial title fight had ended in a draw. Pacquiao knocked Marquez thrice in a blazing start in that action-packed bout. But the Mexican stood up each time, rallied in the later rounds, and eventually salvaged a draw to retain his featherweight belts.

A return match was immediately worked on, but the Marquez camp turned down the proposed 50-50 split of the purse. Marquez eventually relented to a second meeting with the Pacman in 2008. It was a bloody encounter that saw the Filipino pride escaping with a controversial split decision, a result that obviously didn’t sit well with the Mexican fighter. Up to this day, Marquez insists he won both times over Pacquiao, now the world’s top pound-for-pound fighter.