Juan Manuel Márquez

This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Márquez and the second or maternal family name is Méndez.
Juan Manuel Márquez

Márquez vs Mayweather Jr., 2009
Real name Juan Manuel Márquez Méndez
Nickname(s) Dinamita ("Dynamite")
Rated at
Height 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Reach 67 in (170 cm)
Nationality Mexican
Born (1973-08-23) August 23, 1973
Iztacalco, Mexico City, Mexico
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 64
Wins 56
Wins by KO 40
Losses 7
Draws 1

Juan Manuel Márquez Méndez (born August 23, 1973) is a Mexican professional boxer. He is a former four-weight world champion, being the third Mexican boxer (after Érik Morales and Jorge Arce) to achieve that feat. Márquez has held seven world championships, including the WBA (Super) and IBF featherweight titles; the WBC super featherweight title; the WBA (Super) and WBO lightweight titles; and the WBO junior welterweight title. Additionally, he has held the IBO, Ring magazine, and lineal lightweight titles.

An exceptionally skilled combination and counterpuncher, Márquez is known for being a fast and highly technical boxer who is also willing to stand toe to toe with opponents, and is credited for his toughness; in a career spanning more than twenty years, he has never lost via stoppage. He is also known for his four-fight saga with Manny Pacquiao, as well as his fight against fellow Mexican Marco Antonio Barrera. Márquez is considered to be one of the greatest Mexican boxers of all time,[1] and is ranked by BoxRec as the greatest Mexican fighter of all time, pound for pound.[2]

Amateur career

Marquez had an amateur record of 82-4, with 72 wins by knock-out.

Professional career


He made his professional boxing debut at age 19 on May 29, 1993, losing via disqualification to Javier Duran. Márquez remained undefeated for six years, compiling a 29–1 record that included wins against future champions Agapito Sanchez, Julio Gervacio and Alfred Kotey. In 1997, Márquez won the WBO NABO Featherweight title, which he defended seven times. During this time, he was referred to as the "best fighter without a world title."[3] Márquez was WBO Featherweight Champion Naseem Hamed's mandatory challenger for 22 straight months. However, the WBO allowed Hamed to schedule other fights instead.[4][5]

Marquez vs. Norwood

In 1999, Marquez faced Freddie Norwood for the WBA Featherweight title instead. Márquez was knocked down in the second round. In the 8th round, Norwood's glove touched the canvas after an exchange. However, it was not ruled a knock down by the referee who was standing opposite to the action. In the 9th round, Márquez scored a knockdown after a two punch combination. Marquez lost via controversial unanimous decision.[6] HBO Punchstat had Norwood landing 73 out of 290 punches thrown to Marquez's 89 of 444.

On November 20, 1999, Márquez faced Remigio Molina and defeated him in eight rounds. In 2000, he defeated former champion Daniel Jimenez and five fights later, he defeated future champion Robbie Peden in ten rounds and captured the NABF & USBA Featherweight titles.

Featherweight Champion

Márquez received his second bout for a world title on January 2, 2003 when he defeated former four-time Featherweight Champion Manuel Medina and captured the vacant IBF Featherweight title. In the 2nd round, Marquez connected with a three-punch combination that floored Medina. The fight was stopped in the 7th round after Marquez knocked Medina down for a second time.

He then defeated Derrick Gainer later in the year in a unification bout to win the WBA Featherweight title and become the WBA (Super) Champion.

Marquez vs. Pacquiao I

In May 2004, Márquez fought Lineal & The Ring Featherweight Champion Manny Pacquiao in a bout where Márquez was knocked down three times in the 1st round. Marquez outboxed Pacquiao for the remainder of the bout which was ended in a controversial, split-decision draw. The final scores were 115–110 for Márquez, 115–110 for Pacquiao and 113–113. Judge Burt A. Clements (who scored the bout 113–113) later admitted to making an error on the scorecards, because he had scored the first round as 10–7 in favor of Pacquiao instead of the standard 10–6 for a three-knockdown round.[7]

Defending Unified Titles

On September 18, 2004, Márquez made his first appearance on pay-per-view, being on the undercard of Bernard Hopkins vs. Oscar De La Hoya, defeating and retaining his unified titles against future champion Orlando Salido. On May 7, 2005, He made his fourth title defense and first appearance on Showtime Championship Boxing, Facing Victor Polo while walking away with a unanimous decision victory. In August 2005, Márquez was stripped of his WBA and IBF unified Featherweight titles for his inability to defend them against various boxers after potential bouts failed to draw a bid.[8]

Marquez vs. John

In 2006, Márquez attempted to regain a title, coming up short in a unanimous decision loss to undefeated Indonesian boxer Chris John in Indonesia for the WBA Featherweight Championship title. The loss led to the Ring Magazine's removal of Márquez from its pound-for-pound top 10 list.

In late 2006, Márquez captured the Interim WBO Featherweight title by defeating Thai boxer Terdsak Jandaeng. He defended it against Filipino boxer Jimrex Jaca with a nine-round knockout in Hidalgo, Texas. Márquez was promoted to world champion status in December 2006 when previous champion Scott Harrison vacated the title.[9] Márquez vacated the Featherweight title the following year to challenge WBC Super Featherweight Champion Marco Antonio Barrera.

Super Featherweight

Marquez vs. Barrera

On March 17, 2007, Márquez became the WBC Super Featherweight Champion by defeating Barrera in Las Vegas via unanimous decision,[10] by the official scores of 116–111, 116–111 and 118–109. Márquez's first defense of his title was to be held on September 15, 2007 against Argentinian boxer Jorge Rodrigo Barrios. However, Barrios withdrew from the bout due to injury, prompting American boxer Rocky Juárez to challenge Márquez for the title on November 3, 2007 in a losing effort.

Marquez vs. Pacquiao II

On November 29, 2007, Márquez announced that he would defend his title in a rematch with Pacquiao. On March 15, 2008, Márquez lost his Super Featherweight title to Pacquiao via split decision. Márquez suffered a knockdown in the third round that proved to be the difference, as the remaining rounds were scored dead even. Compubox scoring had Márquez landing 42 of 201 (21%) jabs to Pacquiao's 43 of 314 (14%) and landing 130 of 310 (42%) power punches to Pacquiao's 114 of 305 (37%).[11] Richard Schaefer, Golden Boy Promotions CEO, offered a $6 million guarantee to Pacquiao for a rematch. Pacquiao's promoter, Bob Arum, said, "I'm not saying they'll never fight again, but you have to let it bake for a while." Pacquiao said: "I don't think so, this business is over" as he planned to move up to the lightweight division.[12]


Marquez vs. Casamayor

Márquez moved up to the lightweight division in order to fight The Ring Lightweight Champion Joel Casamayor on the weekend leading up to Mexican Independence Day at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada. On September 13, 2008, he defeated Casamayor in the 11th round after two knockdowns and captured his sixth world title in three different weight classes. In the first four rounds of the bout, Márquez continually walked into counter punches from Casamayor. It took Márquez until the fifth round to be able to find the range with his right hand. By the fifth round, a cut over Casamayor's right eye was opened from a clash of heads. Rounds five, six, seven and eight were rounds where Márquez landed straight punches from the outside, but he was also struck by Casamayor whenever he lunged forward. Two minutes into the eleventh round, Casamayor was knocked down by a right punch as he pulled away from an intense exchange. Casamayor was able to get on his feet, but it was clear he was still shakey from the knockdown. As soon as the action was allowed to resume, Márquez went in for the kill as he let his punches go in furious combination. Casamayor punched back, but he was knocked down again with about 7 seconds left in the round. Referee Tony Weeks stepped in the bout and stopped the fight as he deemed Casamayor unable to continue. The official judges had the fight scored 95–95, 95–95 and 97–93 for Márquez before the 11th-round knockout.[13] After the win, The Ring magazine ranked Márquez second on its pound for pound list and rated him the number one boxer in the lightweight division.[14]

Marquez vs. Diaz I

On February 28, 2009, Márquez defeated former WBA, WBO & IBF Lightweight Champion Juan Díaz by knockout. Díaz controlled the fight early in the bout as the two boxers exchanged punches. Díaz opened a cut above Márquez's right eye in the fifth round and looked to control the bout, but Márquez responded by opening a gash above Díaz's right eye and stunning him with a left hook before the end of the eighth round. Márquez landed two hard rights to Díaz's face in a three-punch combination that knocked Díaz down with 35 seconds remaining in the ninth round. Díaz rose, but seconds later, Márquez followed with a right uppercut to the chin that knocked Díaz down for a second time. Referee Rafael Ramos waved an end to the fight after two minutes and 40 seconds of the ninth round. With the victory, Márquez defended his The Ring Lightweight title and claimed the vacant WBO and vacant WBA (Super) Lightweight titles.[15] This bout was named "Fight of the Year" for 2009 by The Ring magazine and ESPN.com.[16] After the fight, Márquez expressed an interest in fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr..


Marquez vs. Mayweather

Márquez moved up to the welterweight division and fought undefeated pound for pound champion Floyd Mayweather Jr.. The fight was scheduled to take place at 144-pound catch weight on July 18, 2009 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena; but was postponed due to a rib injury sustained by Mayweather. The bout was rescheduled and held on September 19, 2009.[17] During the official weigh in, Márquez weighed in at 142 lbs and Mayweather weighed in at 146 lbs, thereby incurring a financial penalty as he was 2 pounds over the catchweight. It was later discovered that both parties had agreed just before the weigh-in to allow Mayweather fight over the catchweight with Mayweather paying additional $600,000 due to arriving two pounds over the 144 lbs weight limit. Mayweather controlled the action in the fight. Marquez struggled to conquer Mayweather's defense and could not get out of the way of his counter punches. Marquez landed only 19% of his punches according to Compubox punch stats. Mayweather knocked Márquez down in the 2nd round. Mayweather won the fight by unanimous decision.

This was the fifth non-heavyweight fight in boxing history to sell more than one million pay-per-views, with the official HBO numbers totaling about $52 million. It was also the first fight to sell more than one million PPVs without featuring Oscar De La Hoya. Two months later, Manny Pacquiao vs. Miguel Cotto would sell 1.25 million PPVs.[18]

Return to Lightweight

Marquez vs. Diaz II

When asked upon his return to the lightweight division, Márquez said: "I came back to lightweight because at welterweight I lost a lot of speed."[19]

Márquez then began negotiations for a rematch with Juan Díaz. Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer said the fight for Márquez's title was being planned for July 10 as the main event of an HBO PPV card. He said it would "probably" take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.[20] After his comeback in 2010, fellow Mexican boxer Erik Morales said he would like to fight Márquez.[21] Morales returned two divisions higher in 2010, as a welterweight. However, Márquez has also stated that he would be interested in a fight with Ricky Hatton.[22]

The Márquez-Díaz rematch took place on July 31, 2010 at the Mandalay Bay. Márquez's titles were also at stake.[19] Prior to the bout, the WBO ordered the Márquez-Díaz winner to fight mandatory challenger Michael Katsidis.[23][24] Márquez won the fight via unanimous decision by the official scores of 117–111, 116–112 and 118–110. After the Díaz rematch, Márquez stated that he was interested in pursuing a third fight with Manny Pacquiao.[25][26] There was also a possibility of him moving up to light welterweight to face any of the titleholders at the time: Timothy Bradley, Devon Alexander or Amir Khan, all of whom were fighting on HBO.[27]

Marquez vs. Katsidis

A few weeks after the Juan Díaz fight, Golden Boy Promotions officially announced that Márquez would defend his lightweight titles against mandatory challenger, WBO Interim Champion Michael Katsidis, on November 27, 2010 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and that the bout would be televised live on HBO Championship Boxing.[28][29] During the official weigh in for their 135 lb bout, Márquez came in at 134 pounds, while Katsidis came in on the limit of 135 pounds.[30] Despite being knocked down in the third round, Márquez came back and defeated Katsidis by a ninth-round TKO to retain the lightweight belts.[31] At the time of the stoppage, the Mexican boxer was ahead on all the scorecards by 77–74, 78–74 and 76–75. During the post fight interview, he once again expressed his interest in a third fight with Manny Pacquiao.

Márquez holds the distinction of being the oldest champion in the history of the lightweight division.[32] On January 4, the WBA no longer recognized Márquez as their Super Champion due to going 18 months without fighting a mandatory challenger as required by the organization's rules.[33] Fernando Beltrán of Zanfer Promotions stated that the WBA's decision has no validity and that he would immediately send them a letter,[34] since the deadline of May 2012 for the mandatory defense has not expired,[35] and Márquez paid sanctioning fees to the WBA even for the last few non-lightweight fights.[36] On January 26, Marquez was stripped of his WBO title, as he was considered to be moving up to the welterweight division. The WBO promoted Interim titleholder Ricky Burns to full champion status.[37] The Ring magazine stripped of him of their championship on April 17.[38]

Light Welterweight

Márquez moved up to light welterweight division to fight Likar Ramos on July 16, 2011 at Mexico. It was considered a tune-up fight before his third battle with Manny Pacquiao. The fight only lasted one round with Marquez winning by technical knockout.

Return to Welterweight

Marquez vs. Pacquiao III

Marquez attracted controversy by hiring strength and conditioning coach Angel "Memo Heredia" Hernandez, who had supplied performance-enhancing drugs to sprinters Marion Jones and Tim Montgomery in 2000.[39][40]

On November 12, Márquez lost to Pacquiao via controversial majority decision.[41] The decision was voted the "Robbery of the Year," in 2011 by The Ring Magazine readers.[42]

Return to Light Welterweight

Marquez vs. Fedchenko

On April 14, 2012, Marquez defeated Ukrainian contender Serhiy Fedchenko via unanimous decision to capture the Interim WBO light welterweight title. A clear margin by scores of: 119-109, 118-110, 118-110. The WBO later updated him to full status WBO Champion.

Third return to Welterweight

Marquez vs. Pacquiao IV

Marquez fought Manny Pacquiao on December 8, 2012. The fight was for the WBO's "Champion of the Decade" belt.[43] Marquez knocked down Pacquiao in the 3rd round with a looping right hook. In round 5, Pacquiao returned the favor, knocking down Marquez. Pacquiao went on the offensive in the 6th round. While behind the scorecards and with just 1 second left in the 6th round, Marquez countered Pacquiao's jab with an overhand right, sending Pacquiao face first to the canvas, resulting in a knockout. Pacquiao, who had not been knocked out in over 13 years since his loss to Medgeon Singsurat in 1999, remained unconscious for several minutes.[44] This was named The Ring magazine's "Fight of the Year" and "Knockout of the Year" and "International Fight of the Year" by the British website BoxRec. Marquez was also named "International Fighter of the Year" by the same publication.[45]

Marquez vs. Bradley

Marquez fought Timothy Bradley in a bout billed as 'The Conquerors' for his WBO welterweight title at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 12, 2013. Marquez was looking to win a title in a fifth weight class.[46] The fight went the distance as Marquez lost by split decision (115-113, 113-115, 112-116). CompuBox stats showed Bradley landed 168 punches of 562 thrown while Marquez landed 153 punches of 455 thrown. However, Marquez connected on 115 power punches to Bradley’s 86. In the post fight interviews, Bradley said "I gave him a boxing lesson. He couldn't touch me. I had complete control." Marquez replied, "I clearly won. I have been robbed six times in my career. You don't have to knock down the other guy to win the fight." The fight drew 375,000 ppv buys on HBO PPV and 13,111 in attendance drawing a live gate of $2,998,950.[47]

Marquez vs. Alvarado

On May 17, 2014, at The Forum, in Inglewood, California, Marquez was back in action in a welterweight bout against former WBO Junior Welterweight Champion Mike Alvarado (34-2, 23 KOs) for the WBO International welterweight title. The fight was also a WBO welterweight title eliminator, with the winner to earn a mandatory shot against Manny Pacquiao for the title he regained April 12 against Timothy Bradley in their rematch. Despite the fight being a welterweight eliminator, it was agreed to be fought with a 143-pound maximum. Alvarado weighed in at 143.2 lbs. In a one sided bout, Marquez defeated Alvarado by unanimous decision with the judges scores of 119-108, 117-109, 117-109. Alvarado was down in round eight and Marquez was knocked down in round nine.[48]


There were negotiations from January 2016 for a fight between Marquez and former four-weight division champion Miguel Cotto. The main issue between both camps being the weight with Marquez looking to fight at no more than 147lbs and Cotto looking to fight at 155lb catchweight.[49] Miguel Cotto Promotions told ESPN.com that negotiations had broke down on August 2 as both camps could not settle on what weight the fight would be at. After nearly three years out, Marquez announced he would be entering camp in January 2017.[50]

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
64 fights 56 wins 7 losses
By knockout 40 0
By decision 16 6
By disqualification 0 1
Draws 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
64 Win 56–7–1 United States Mike Alvarado UD 12 May 17, 2014 United States The Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S. Won WBO International welterweight title
63 Loss 55–7–1 United States Timothy Bradley SD 12 Oct 12, 2013 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. For WBO welterweight title
62 Win 55–6–1 Philippines Manny Pacquiao KO 6 (12), 2:59 Dec 8, 2012 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
61 Win 54–6–1 Ukraine Serhiy Fedchenko UD 12 Apr 14, 2012 Mexico Mexico City Arena, Mexico City, Mexico Won WBO interim junior welterweight title
60 Loss 53–6–1 Philippines Manny Pacquiao MD 12 Nov 12, 2011 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. For WBO welterweight title
59 Win 53–5–1 Colombia Likar Ramos Concha KO 1 (12), 1:46 Jul 16, 2011 Mexico Plaza de Toros, Cancún, Mexico
58 Win 52–5–1 Australia Michael Katsidis TKO 9 (12), 2:14 Nov 27, 2010 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBA (Super), WBO, The Ring, and lineal lightweight titles
57 Win 51–5–1 United States Juan Díaz UD 12 Jul 31, 2010 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBA (Super), WBO, The Ring, and lineal lightweight titles
56 Loss 50–5–1 United States Floyd Mayweather Jr. UD 12 Sep 19, 2009 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
55 Win 50–4–1 United States Juan Díaz TKO 9 (12), 2:40 Feb 8, 2009 United States Toyota Center, Houston, Texas, U.S. Retained The Ring and lineal lightweight titles;
Won IBO, vacant WBA (Super) and WBO lightweight titles
54 Win 49–4–1 Cuba Joel Casamayor KO 11 (12), 0:55 Sep 13, 2008 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won The Ring and lineal lightweight titles
53 Loss 48–4–1 Philippines Manny Pacquiao SD 12 Mar 15, 2008 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Lost WBC super featherweight title;
For vacant The Ring and lineal super featherweight titles
52 Win 48–3–1 United States Rocky Juarez UD 12 Nov 3, 2007 United States Desert Diamond Casino, Tucson, Arizona, U.S. Retained WBC super featherweight title
51 Win 47–3–1 Mexico Marco Antonio Barrera UD 12 Mar 17, 2007 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won WBC super featherweight title
50 Win 46–3–1 Philippines Jimrex Jaca KO 9 (12), 2:48 Nov 25, 2006 United States Dodge Arena, Hidalgo, Texas, U.S. Retained WBO interim featherweight title
49 Win 45–3–1 Thailand Terdsak Kokietgym TKO 7 (12), 1:13 Aug 5, 2006 United States MontBleu, Stateline, Nevada, U.S. Won WBO interim featherweight title
48 Loss 44–3–1 Indonesia Chris John UD 12 Mar 4, 2006 Indonesia Karang Melenu Sports Hall, Kutai Kartanegara, Indonesia For WBA featherweight title
47 Win 44–2–1 Colombia Victor Polo UD 12 May 7, 2005 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBA (Super) and IBF featherweight titles
46 Win 43–2–1 Mexico Orlando Salido UD 12 Sep 18, 2004 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBA (Super) and IBF featherweight titles
45 Draw 42–2–1 Philippines Manny Pacquiao SD 12 May 8, 2004 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBA (Super) and IBF featherweight titles;
For The Ring and lineal featherweight titles
44 Win 42–2 United States Derrick Gainer TD 7 (12), 2:37 Nov 1, 2003 United States Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S. Retained IBF featherweight title;
Won WBA (Super) featherweight title;
Unanimous TD after Gainer sustained a cut from an accidental head clash
43 Win 41–2 Mexico Marcos Licona TKO 9 (10), 3:00 Aug 16, 2003 United States Mohegan Sun Arena, Montville, Connecticut, U.S.
42 Win 40–2 Mexico Manuel Medina TKO 7 (12), 1:18 Feb 1, 2003 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won vacant IBF featherweight title
41 Win 39–2 Mexico Hector Javier Marquez TKO 10 (10), 0:28 Jun 21, 2002 United States The Orleans, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
40 Win 38–2 Australia Robbie Peden RTD 10 (12), 3:00 Mar 9, 2002 United States Palumbo Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S. Won NABF and vacant USBA featherweight titles
39 Win 37–2 United States Johnny Walker TKO 1 (10), 0:56 Oct 19, 2001 United States Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Hotel, Worley, Idaho, U.S.
38 Win 36–2 Nicaragua Julio Gamboa TKO 7 (10), 3:00 Aug 19, 2001 United States Stateline Casino, Wendover, Utah, U.S.
37 Win 35–2 Philippines Baby Lorona Jr. TKO 2 (10), 2:50 Apr 1, 2001 United States Peppermill, Reno, Nevada, U.S.
36 Win 34–2 United States Sean Fletcher TKO 7 (10), 1:54 Feb 11, 2001 United States Peppermill, Reno, Nevada, U.S.
35 Win 33–2 Philippines Reynante Jamili KO 3 (10), 1:14 Oct 22, 2000 United States Peppermill, Reno, Nevada, U.S.
34 Win 32–2 Puerto Rico Daniel Jiménez RTD 7 (10), 3:00 Aug 27, 2000 United States Plaza Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
33 Win 31–2 Colombia Roque Cassiani UD 12 May 20, 2000 United States Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada, U.S. Won vacant WBO–NABO featherweight title
32 Win 30–2 Argentina Remigio Molina TKO 8 (10), 2:01 Nov 20, 1999 United States Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
31 Loss 29–2 United States Freddie Norwood UD 12 Sep 11, 1999 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. For WBA featherweight title
30 Win 29–1 Puerto Rico Wilfredo Vargas KO 2 (10), 2:02 May 10, 1999 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.
29 Win 28–1 Mexico Jose de Jesus Garcia KO 1 (10), 1:54 Feb 20, 1999 United States Spotlight 29 Casino, Coachella, California, U.S.
28 Win 27–1 Mexico Francisco Arreola TKO 3 (12), 2:24 Oct 24, 1998 United States Tropicana, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBO–NABO featherweight title
27 Win 26–1 Mexico Enrique Jupiter TKO 8 (12), 1:09 Aug 22, 1998 United States Tropicana, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBO–NABO featherweight title
26 Win 25–1 Argentina Juan Gerardo Cabrera TKO 4 (12), 3:00 Apr 20, 1998 United States Tropicana, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBO–NABO featherweight title
25 Win 24–1 Panama Luis Samudio TKO 9 (10), 2:18 Mar 16, 1998 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.
24 Win 23–1 Ghana Alfred Kotey UD 12 Nov 22, 1997 United States Tropicana Las Vegas, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBO–NABO featherweight title
23 Win 22–1 Guyana Vincent Howard TKO 12 Sep 27, 1997 United States Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBO–NABO featherweight title
22 Win 21–1 Panama Catalino Becerra TKO 7 (12), 1:37 Jul 14, 1997 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S. Retained WBO–NABO featherweight title
21 Win 20–1 Dominican Republic Agapito Sánchez UD 12 Apr 21, 1997 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S. Retained WBO–NABO featherweight title
20 Win 19–1 United States Cedric Mingosey RTD 10 (12), 3:00 Feb 3, 1997 United States Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California, U.S. Won vacant WBONABO featherweight title
19 Win 18–1 Mexico Rodrigo Valenzuela KO 8 (10), 3:00 Dec 9, 1996 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.
18 Win 17–1 United States Darryl Pinckney UD 10 Oct 19, 1996 United States Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada, U.S.
17 Win 16–1 Dominican Republic Freddy Cruz UD 10 Jul 8, 1996 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.
16 Win 15–1 Dominican Republic Julio Gervacio KO 8 (10), 0:35 Apr 29, 1996 United States Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California, U.S.
15 Win 14–1 Mexico Hector Ulises Chong KO 4 (10), 1:42 Mar 4, 1996 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.
14 Win 13–1 United States Julian Wheeler TKO 10 (10), 2:55 Nov 6, 1995 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.
13 Win 12–1 Puerto Rico Miguel Rodriguez TKO 1 (10), 2:30 Sep 25, 1995 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.
12 Win 11–1 Mexico Julio Cesar Portillo KO 6 (10), 2:10 Jul 10, 1995 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.
11 Win 10–1 Mexico Julio Sanchez Leon UD 10 Apr 24, 1995 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.
10 Win 9–1 Mexico Martin Ochoa TKO 1 Jan 30, 1995 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.
9 Win 8–1 Mexico Israel Gonzalez TKO 4 (8), 0:34 Dec 3, 1994 United States Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
8 Win 7–1 Mexico Jose Luis Montes KO 2 Nov 12, 1994 Mexico Plaza de Toros, Mexico City, Mexico
7 Win 6–1 Mexico Israel Flores UD 4 Oct 1, 1994 Mexico Mexico City, Mexico
6 Win 5–1 Mexico Gregorio Silva TKO 2 Aug 27, 1994 Mexico Mexico City, Mexico
5 Win 4–1 Mexico Roman Poblano UD 6 May 7, 1994 Mexico Mexico City, Mexico
4 Win 3–1 Mexico Isaac Cortes TKO 5 (6) Oct 1, 1993 Mexico Mexico City, Mexico
3 Win 2–1 Mexico Israel Flores TKO 2 Sep 18, 1993 Mexico Mexico City, Mexico
2 Win 1–1 Mexico Javier Quiroz TKO 3 Jun 26, 1993 Mexico Mexico City, Mexico
1 Loss 0–1 Mexico Javier Duran DQ 1 May 29, 1993 Mexico Mexico City, Mexico Professional debut

Titles in boxing

Regional titles
Title last held by
Miguel Angel Escamilla
WBONABO featherweight champion
February 3, 1997 – February 1999
Title next held by
Daniel Seda
Preceded by
Robbie Peden
NABF featherweight champion
March 9, 2002 – June 2002
Title next held by
Hector Javier Marquez
Title last held by
Angel Vazquez
USBA featherweight champion
March 9, 2002 – June 2002
Title next held by
Rogers Mtagwa
Title last held by
Manny Pacquiao
WBO International welterweight champion
May 17, 2014 – January 2015
Title next held by
Brandon Ríos
Minor world titles
Preceded by
Juan Díaz
IBO lightweight champion
February 8, 2009 – September 2009
Title next held by
Mlungisi Dlamini
Major world titles
Title last held by
Johnny Tapia
IBF featherweight champion
February 1, 2003 – August 15, 2005
Title next held by
Valdemir Pereira
Preceded by
Derrick Gainer
as champion
WBA featherweight champion
Super title

November 1, 2003 – August 22, 2005
Title next held by
Chris John
Title last held by
Scott Harrison
WBO featherweight champion
Interim title

August 5, 2006 – December 6, 2006
Preceded by
Scott Harrison
WBO featherweight champion
December 6, 2006 – April 1, 2007
Title next held by
Steven Luevano
Preceded by
Marco Antonio Barrera
WBC super featherweight champion
March 17, 2007 – March 15, 2008
Succeeded by
Manny Pacquiao
Preceded by
Joel Casamayor
The Ring lightweight champion
September 13, 2008 – April 17, 2012
Title next held by
Terence Crawford
Lineal lightweight champion
September 13, 2008 – April 17, 2012
Title last held by
Nate Campbell
WBA lightweight champion
Super title

February 28, 2009 – January 4, 2012
WBO lightweight champion
February 28, 2009 – January 6, 2012
Succeeded by
Ricky Burns
promoted from interim status
Title last held by
Lamont Peterson
WBO junior welterweight champion
Interim title

April 14, 2012 – June 27, 2012
Title next held by
Mike Alvarado
Title last held by
Timothy Bradley
WBO junior welterweight champion
June 27, 2012 – October 12, 2013
Succeeded by
Ricky Burns
promoted from interim status
Honorary titles
Non-transferable title WBO Super champion
May 2009 – May 2015
Non-transferable title
WBO Champion of the Decade

Pay-per-view bouts

Date Fight Billing Buys Network
Mar 17, 2007 Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Marco Antonio Barerra Fearless 225,000 HBO
Mar 15, 2008 Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Manny Pacquiao II Unfinished Business 400,000 HBO
Sep 13, 2008 Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Joel Casamayor The Challenge 100,000 HBO
Sep 19, 2009 Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Floyd Mayweather Number One/Numero Uno 1,100,000 HBO
Jul 31, 2010 Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Juan Diaz II Fight of the Year: The Rematch 200,000 HBO
Nov 11, 2011 Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Manny Pacquiao III The 25th Round Begins 1,400,000 HBO
Dec 8, 2012 Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Manny Pacquiao IV Fight of the Decade 1,150,000 HBO
Oct 12, 2013 Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Timothy Bradley The Conquerors 375,000 HBO

Personal life

Juan Manuel was born in Iztacalco Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico. He grew up in a rough and poor area of Iztacalco, many of his friends succumbing to gang violence and dying at a young age while he went on to box. Márquez has said that he has always been a good student and that he likes numbers. He studied and became an accountant, and worked for several government agencies. He gave up on his accounting work and focused entirely on his boxing career.

He started practicing boxing at the age of eight inspired by his father's training. He stated that he likes to "eat well" and does not follow any kind of diet. His brother, Rafael Márquez, is a former world champion in the bantamweight and super bantamweight divisions. They're both trained under Ignacio Beristain and assistant Gilbert Marquez. At one time, the two were listed in Ring Magazine's top ten pound-for-pound list. They are one of four sets of Mexican brothers to hold world titles. Márquez and his wife, Erika,[51] have two sons and a daughter.[52]

Márquez is a member of the PRI.

Márquez has been a commentator on the ESPN boxing show Golpe a Golpe since 2011.

Márquez makes an appearance in the 2005 video game Fight Night Round 2.

See also


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