Marquez considering move to welterweight
MANILA, Philippines – Mexican boxer Juan Manuel Marquez will consider moving to the welterweight division if he does not get a fourth bout against his greatest rival, Filipino boxing icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao.
Pacquiao is scheduled to return to the ring on November 10, and is considering rematches with Marquez, American boxer Timothy Bradley Jr. and Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cotto.
In an interview with Boxing Scene, Marquez said that if Pacquiao chooses to fight Cotto or Bradley, he will still have to remain active.
“There has to be a fight, to stay active, and possibly I’ll fight in November,” Marquez said. “Perhaps a defense of my championship or searching for a fifth.”
Marquez has won world titles in four different weight divisions, most recently at light welterweight after he outpointed Serhiy Fedchenko last April in Mexico City.
“If we were just crowned champion at super lightweight, I’d like to make a defense. And to look for a fifth title in a different division, why not?” Marquez said.
Marquez has fought twice at welterweight and lost both times, getting routed by Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2009 before dropping a controversial majority decision to Pacquiao in their trilogy bout last November.
But Marquez said that his first option is still a fourth fight against Pacquiao.
“Many people saw and know what happened. We won those three fights. But what I want is to have my hand raised, so the people can clearly see who is the winner, and I can be catalogued as the best pound-for-pound,” the Mexican boxer said.
Officially, Marquez has lost twice to Pacquiao and drawn once, although the Mexican boxer continues to argue that he won all three fights.