Aug. 1, 2010: Photo gallery of Marquez – Diaz II, including Pirog vs. Jacobs, Guerrero vs. Casamayor, Linares vs. Juarez . . . |more|
“When he’s ready to knock on my door, I’m right here,” says lineal lightweight champion Juan Manual Marquez, of pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao.
“There’s no hiding. No running. I’m waiting for him.”
Last night, in front of 8,300 people at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Marquez (51-5-1, 37 KOs) defeated Juan Diaz (35-4, 17 KOs) for the second time, to secure his reign as lightweight king . . . |more|
July 31, 2010: In a rematch of their war from February 2009, WBA/WBO lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez (51-5-1, 37 KOs) again defeated former unified lightweight champion Juan Diaz (35-4, 17 KOs) on Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. In another spirited give-and-take affair, Marquez had the upper hand almost from the get-go as he methodically battered Diaz, but couldn’t break him as the game Texan went the full twelve. Scores were 116-112, 118-110, 117-111 with Marquez taking a unanimous decision.
Las Vegas, July 27, 2010: Does it really matter that Juan Manuel Marquez and Juan Diaz have lost their last fights? Not here in Vegas, where fight fans have been starved by a fight drought the past few months. On Saturday’s HBO-PPV card, from the Mandalay Bay, Marquez and Diaz will seek to repeat last year’s Fight of the Year. The entire card is decent, for once, Jorge Linares taking on Rocky Juarez, Robert Guerrero fighting Joel Casamayor and Daniel Jacobs, getting a title shot against Dmitry Pirog. Pick ’em fights? My colleagues argue otherwise, predicting Marquez, Linares, Guerrero and Jacobs in a clean sweep of wins Saturday night. Personally, I’m staying away from the sportsbooks Saturday night – there are too many question marks up and down the line-up.