Tuesday, 10 April 2012
Marquez eyes Pacquiao rematch
Juan Manuel Marquez has postponed retirement talk so that he can have another shot at beating Manny Pacquiao.
Five months ago, in Las Vegas , the 38-year-old was controversially beaten by Pacquiao on points, even though many commentators thought he had done enough to win the bout. Marquez had been a huge underdog in the boxing odds in the build-up to the clash.
Marquez has failed to beat Pacquiao in three attempts but, despite rumours that he was contemplating retirement, he is instead trying to line up a fourth fight.
Next week Marquez takes on the Ukraine's Sergey Fedchenko, who has won 30 of his 31 fights, 13 of them by a knockout, for a vacant interim junior welterweight title in Mexico City.
Marquez said in the build-up to the fight: "I considered retiring because everybody knows I want to fight Manny again, and that I won the last fight, and I feel very angry about that decision."
It is hoped that a fourth fight can be scheduled for later this year although negotiations have not as yet taken place.
Marquez (53-6-1, 39 KOs) is not the only boxer trying to fix up a fight with Pacquiao; Floyd Mayweather continues to plan for another bout against the 33-year-old.
Mayweather and Pacquiao are widely considered to be the two best pound-for-pound boxers in the world but have, so far, been unable to negotiate a deal.
Plans for a fight between Mayweather, the American who has won world titles at five weights between super-featherweight and light-middleweight, and Pacquiao, a seven-weight world champion, fell through in 2010 when Pacquiao rejected his opponent's demand for random drug-testing in the build-up to the bout.