Marquez getting comfy at heavier weight

Posted at 05/15/12 4:53 PM

MANILA, Philippines – It looks like Manny Pacquiao’s Mexican nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez will be staying as a welterweight for a while.

This as the counter-punching specialist from Mexico said he is now comfortable fighting at 140 to 144 pounds.

"I felt very strong with Pacquiao and Fedchenko. I trained very hard for both fights. I feel strong at welterweight and junior welterweight," he told Boxing Scene.

Marquez nearly pulled off an upset against Pacquiao at the welterweight division wherein they fought at a 144-pound catchweight last November.

This April, he dominated Sergey Fedenchenko in his first fight at the 140-pound division.

Marquez is now waiting for developments of his next fight, which will take place on July 14 at the Cowboys Stadium in Texas.

"I will like fighting in Cowboys Stadium. July 14th will be my first time in [in that venue]. Texas has a lot of Mexican people and I will enjoy fighting there," he said.

He is also hoping he'd get a fourth fight against Pacquiao.

Bad news

If Marquez stays as a welterweight or junior welterweight, this could crush Mercito Gesta’s hopes of facing the Mexican superstar.

Gesta, who recently scored an eight-round stoppage over Columbian boxer Oscar Cuero last April, is campaigning as a lightweight.

The US-based Cebuano is hoping to get the biggest break of his career against Marquez.

Gesta is among the frontrunners for a fight against Marquez, along with another Mexican fighter, Erik Morales.

“I know it’s not confirmed, but I hope he would choose me,” he said.

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