The future of Juan Manuel Marquez
By Kirk Jackson: The Warrior from Mexico City, Mexico, Juan ‘Dinamita’ Marquez, was victorious in his rematch against Juan ‘The Baby Bull’ Diaz retaining his status as Lightweight Champion of the World. Although this fight failed to match the hype and excitement of their first fight, it was still a great fight, just with a different flow to how the bout turned out.
At times he looked his age 36, with punches penetrating his defense, and towards the latter stages of the fight looked completely winded. But also at times, he showed the brilliance that has captivated many fans and purist alike, landing accurate 3 and 4 punch combinations, showing the skill, precision and power to hurt Diaz on many occasions through out the fight. His reflexes have slowed, his stamina isn’t quite where it used to be, he cuts and bruises a lot easier now at this stage of his career, but he still has the skill and ring savvy to overcome these hurdles in the ring.
He can stay at 135 and fight mandatory challenger Michael Katsidis or some of the younger up and comers in the lightweight division, or another lucrative option is moving up to 140 and facing WBA Light Welterweight Champion Amir ’King’ Khan. The lure of fighting Khan for Marquez is he can become Mexico’s first four division champion. And if he defeats Khan he can possibly reach the holy grail he has been chasing for years in capturing a match against his rival Manny Pacquiao.
Based on what I’ve seen in his most recent bout against Juan Diaz, Marquez may be overmatched against the younger, quicker, and bigger fighter Amir Khan. Marquez is still a game fighter even at the age of 36, but his skills are slowly eroding and he may be a prime target for Khan at this stage of his career.
It would be foolish to count Marquez out, especially with his resume, as he has shown on more than one occasion he has enough heart, skill and will to win a fight even under the most dire of circumstances. With Amir Khan having a suspect chin, Marquez would at least have a punchers chance if they were to face each other. Whether it’s a showdown with Manny Pacquiao, or a fight with the rising star Amir Khan, the proud Mexican warrior looks to continue to add on to his already remarkable career.