Juan Manuel Marquez is a professional boxer from Mexico who has won world titles in three different weight classes. He is known for his speed and punching ability inside the ring. Brother of boxer Rafael Marquez, he is considered among the best pound-for-pound fighters in the sport and is best known for his trilogy of fights against pound-for-pound champion Manny Pacquiao.
Born in Mexico City, Mexico on August 23, 1973, Juan Manual Marquez compiled a successful amateur boxing record, that included winning a number of Golden Gloves tournaments, before turning professional in the sport at the age of 19.
After losing his first pro bout to Javier Duran via disqualification in May 1993, Marquez responded by rising up the featherweight ranks with a number of impressive wins. Victory over Cedric Mingo in February 1997 gave the speedy Marquez the vacant NABO featherweight title, and he became a world champion in the division after stopping Manuel Medina in seven rounds to claim the IBF title in February 2003.
Marquez unified the WBA and IBF featherweight titles by defeating Derrick Gainer later that same year, before taking on another world champion in Manny Pacquiao in May of 2004. The Mexican was knocked down three times before regrouping for a draw against Pacquiao. But three fights later, Marquez lost a 12-round decision and the WBA title to Chris John in Indonesia.
He claimed the interim WBO title just five months later, but vacated his belt for a chance at a super featherweight crown in March 2007 -- a decision win over titleholder Marco Antonio Barrera gave Marquez the WBC super featherweight belt. After one successful defense, Marquez lost the belt in a second fight against Pacquiao as another evenly-fought battle between the two resulted in a split-decision verdict.
After making another jump in weight class, Marquez became world champion in a third different division by claiming the WBA and WBO lightweight belts with a TKO win over Juan Diaz in February 2009. The 5-foot-7 Marquez lost a welterweight bout (by decision) to Floyd Mayweather, Jr. before returning to the lightweight class to successfully defend his belt with a decision win in a rematch with Diaz, and a TKO verdict over challenger Michael Katsidis in November 2010.
Marquez completed his epic trilogy against Pacqauio on Nov. 12, 2011. Despite some observers -- including Marquez's corner -- thinking Marquez had won the fight, the judges scored it a majority decision victory for Pacquiao, who retained his welterweight title.
Juan Manuel Marquez Career Fight Record (55-6-1, 40 KO)
Juan Manuel Marquez backed up his pre-fight talk with a devastating punch in the sixth round knocking out Manny Pacquiao and setting up talk of a fifth installment in the series. Story »
JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZ QUICK FACTS
Birth date: Aug. 23, 1973 Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico Weight class: Light Welterweight Height: 5-foot-7 Turned pro: 1993 Pro fights: 62 Record: 55-6-1 Wins by KO: 40
PACQUIAO VS. MARQUEZ PROFILES
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Juan Manuel Marquez
Juan Manuel Marquez is a former three-division world champion who has won 55 of his 62 career professional fights and is rated as one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world. Full Profile »