Ricky Burns will make his first defence of the interim WBO lightweight title against Paulus Moses on 10 March.

The 33-year-old Namibian won the WBA title two years ago in Japan but lost it after one successful defence.

Moses, known as ‘The Hitman’, has only been stopped once in 29 fights and has won 19 bouts by knockout.

The fight has been moved back to the Braehead Arena due to television commitments after promoters had announced a switch to the Kelvin Hall.

Burns’s manager Alex Morrison believes Moses will provide a “stiff test” for his Burns.

“He’s a bit of a knockout specialist,” Morrison told BBC Scotland.

“And you don’t go to Japan and a win a world title without having something about you.”

Moses (right) has only been stopped once in 29 fights

Burns became WBO super-featherweight champion after a thrilling win over Rocky Martinez in 2010.

After three defences of the title, ‘The Rickster’ moved up to lightweight and beat Michael Katsidis at Wembley last November to become interim lightweight champion.

If, as expected, Juan Manuel Marquez vacates his WBO title at the same weight, Burns could enter the ring against Moses as the full champion.

By Phil Goodlad
BBC Scotland


Ciudad de México, MÉXICO – Como parte de su exitoso programa ‘Kids Drug Free’, la ORGANIZACIÓN MUNDIAL DE BOXEO (O.M.B.), su presidente Francisco ‘Paco’Valcárcel (centro) y el Super Campeón Ligero de la O.M.B. Juan Manuel Márquez (izquierda), hicieron una donación de $5,000 esta tarde a los niños de Hogar Providencia de Padre en Coyoacan.

“Estamos muy contentos de estar en México con nuestro Super Campeón, Juan Manuel Márquez ayudando al futuro de este país”, dijo Valcárcel. “Como parte de este programa ‘Kids Drug Free’ ayudamos a muchos  jóvenes en sobre 25 países alrededor del mundo”.

Hogares Providencia de Padre Chinchachoma es una organización sin fines de lucro que ayuda a niños sin hogar brindándole un lugar para vivir y educarse para convertirse en mejores ciudadanos.

También estuvieron en la actividad Luis Pérez, Presidente del Comité de Clasificaciones de la O.M.B., Rafael Lopez Santos, respresentante de la O.M.B. en México, Moisés Fuentes, campeón peso.mínimo de la O.M.B., Alberto Rodríguez, miembro del Comité Ejecutivo de la O.M.B. y el promotor Félix ‘Tutico’ Zabala, presidente de ‘All Star Boxing Inc’.

Hoy, miércoles, 28 dediciembre la O.M.B. llevará a cabo una conferencia de prensa en la que honrará con las correas y sortijas de diamantes a  los Súper Campeones mexicanos Márquez, y Jorge ‘Travieso’ Arce. También harán reconocimientos especiales al campeón pluma de la O.M.B. Orlando Salido y a Fuentes, monarca de las 105.00 libras.


Veteran trainer Nacho Beristain believes WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38KOs) will possibly select Juan Manuel Marquez (53-6, 39KOs) as his next opponent. In the next few days, Pacquiao is going to hold a meeting with his promoter, Bob Arum of Top Rank. Arum is going to present Pacquiao with four possibilities – Lamont Peterson, Miguel Cotto, Timothy Bradley and Marquez. A June return is expected for Pacquiao.

After three close fights, all smeared with controversy, Nacho expects the Filipino star to strongly consider his fighter for a fourth bout.

“Pacquiao is obsessed with beating Juan,” Nacho said.

Their last bout came on November 12th. Pacquiao won a close twelve round majority decision, with many at ringside disputing the final verdict. Nacho saw a few things that Marquez could correct for a fourth meeting.

“I thought Juan Manuel was a little slow, but he was very strong. He will work on that aspect. With more explosive speed, I’m sure Juan would have taken Pacquiao down. It was clear that Pacquiao was desperate [in the third fight], and at times he was attacking [Juan] with everything, but he couldn’t knock [Juan] out,” Nacho said.

There are several problems to prevent a fourth meeting. Marquez refuses to face Pacquiao in Las Vegas, but doesn’t have a problem with Texas. There are finances. Pacquiao has already made comments that he wants a guaranteed purse of $28 million for a fourth bout with Marquez. Marquez doesn’t have a problem with Pacquiao’s requesting a high purse, as long as both parties are taken care of. But with Floyd Mayweather Jr. reserving Cinco De Mayo weekend on HBO pay-per-view, Pacquiao’s return is forced to the month of June where a Marquez fight might not be a profitable.


By Miguel Rivera


WBO/WBA lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez (53-6-1, 39KOs) has once again discussed his interest in facing WBO 140-pound champion Timothy Bradley (28-0, 12KOs). Marquez, who turns 39-years-old in August, is looking to retire by the end of 2012 and wants the best fights possible. The top priority is a fourth fight with WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao, who won a twelve round majority decision over Marquez on November 16th.

If Pacquiao is unavailable, Marquez wants Bradley. He considers Bradley’s style as being more diffcult to overcome in comparison to Pacquiao, who the Mexican champion faced for 36 rounds.

“If it won’t be Pacquiao, then I want it to be Bradley. Erik Morales is a good fighter [at 140] but we want the best possible options there are.Bradley is the better option. He holds the best ranking [at 140] and he has a style that is more difficult than Pacquiao,” Marquez said.


By Miguel Rivera


World Boxing Organization lightweight super champion Juan Manuel Marquez has joined WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel in the “Kids Drug Free” program of the WBO and made a donation to the children of Hogares Providencia of Father Chinchachoma in Coyoacan, Mexico City..

Valcarcel said “We are very happy to be in Mexico with our great Super Champion helping the future of this country.” The WBO president said “We have been helping the children with our WBO “Kids Drug Free” program in over 25 countries.

Hogares Providencia of Father Chinchachoma is a non-profit organization which helps homeless children by giving them a place to live and providing them with an education so they could become better citizens.

Marquez and Valcarcel others who attended the ceremony were Luis Perez (WBO Ratings Chairman), Rafael Lopez Santos (WBO Representative Mexico), Albert Rodriguez (WBO Executive Committee),Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr (Promoter) and . Moises Fuentes (WBO Minimumweight Champion),


By Ronnie Nathanielsz


Juan Manuel Marquez (53-6-1, 39KOs), the lightweight world champion of the WBA and the WBO, is going to explore his options for 2012. The Mexican star is looking to have a fourth fight with Manny Pacquiao, the WBO’s welterweight champion. If no deal is made for Pacquiao, Marquez is willing to chase a world championship at 140-pounds, but he’s not interested in an all-Mexican showdown with Erik Morales. He would rather fight undefeated WBO king Timothy Bradley (28-0, 12KOs).

“My plans are not to retire, and I am focused on the fourth fight against Manny Pacquiao. So far I do not know if it will happen in May or all the way in November. If [the fight] is not made ​​soon, then I look for another great opportunity, like Timothy Bradley, the WBO’s junior welterweight champion,” Marquez said. “[Morales] is a great fighter, very good, but there are other opponents who are bigger, like Bradley. I want to face the best, and that’s what I remember Ray Leonard and Tommy Hearns doing.”

As previously reported, Marquez refuses to fight Pacquiao in Las Vegas. He would fight the Filipino champion in Mexico or a neutral location like Texas.

“With Pacquiao I said I would fight him, but outside of Las Vegas, where I was robbed [in more than one fight] against him. I doubt he would agreed to come to Mexico, or Azteca Stadium in Mexico. We could fight in Texas. I am able to fill the Azteca, but with prices according to the economy. I still hope to fight for one or two more years. At my age I can not think about continuing to fight for too many years. Boxing is dangerous, and no matter how much money you can win, you won’t be able to buy another brain. ”


By Ernesto Castellanos, notifight.com


Juan Manuel Márquez y Jorge Arce recibieron tal distinción de manos del presidente del organismo el boricua Francisco Valcárcel y ademas entregó cinturones personalizados a los monarcas mundiales  “Siri” Salido y Moisés Fuentes
Entrega OMB cinturones de supercampeones
México. D.F.Los boxeadores mexicanos Jorge “Travieso” Arce y Juan Manuel Márquez recibieron sus respectivos cinturones que los reconocen como supercampeones mundiales de la OMB.
En acto realizado en el salón de un lujoso hotel de Paseo de la Reforma, los monarcas mundiales recibieron sus fajínes de manos del puertorriqueño Francisco Valcárcel, presidente de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB).
“En sus próximas peleas recibirán Juan Manuel y Arce unas sortijas de brillantes que entrega la OMB a sus mejores campeones, como en una ocasión se le dio a Naseem Hamed y que es un premio a su esfuerzo y tesón para ganar un título mundial”, dijo.
El dirigente boricua resaltó las carreras del “Travieso” Arce, quien ha ganado cinco cinturones mundiales, cuatro de ellos avalados por la OMB y de Márquez por ser uno de sus monarcas más fieles al organismo.
“En la actualidad el boxeo mexicano pasa por buen momento y aquí tenemos a los cuatro campeones mundiales de este país reconocidos por la Organización Mundial de Boxeo, con Orlando Salido que noqueó a Juan Manuel López y a Moisés Fuentes”, apuntó.
Francisco Valcárcel señaló que pese a la crisis económica mundial, México está a la cabeza de funciones boxísticas con el apoyo de la televisión y sin duda habrá grandes peleas durante el 2012, con la programación de campeones mexicanos.
“Para el próximo año habrá revanchas de Brian Viloria contra Julio César Miranda y de Salido ante Juanma López”, confirmó el dirigente boricua acompañado de Rafael López Santos, representante de la OMB en México y del vicepresidente Luis Pérez.












Speculation persists that WBO world welterweight champion Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao and WBC world welterweight titlist “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather will meet May 5 in Las Vegas at a venue to be determined.

Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 KOs), the first pugilist in history to win 10 world crowns in eight separate weight divisions, earned an extremely controversial majority decision victory over WBA, WBO and The Ring lightweight king “Dinamita” Juan Manuel Marquez in their third fight last month at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

In stark contrast to Pacquiao, Mayweather (42-0, 26 KOs) badly outclassed, and essentially embarrassed, Marquez (53-6-1, 38 KOs) with a shutout unanimous decision triumph in September 2009.

Pacquiao, named “Fighter of the Decade” for the 2000s by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA), is an extremely powerful puncher with lighting-fast hands.

Nevertheless, Pacquiao’s legendary trainer, Freddie Roach, told abs-cbnnews.com Wednesday that he cautioned his fighter that Mayweather may possess even slightly quicker fists.

“I will bring in a whole new crew of sparring partners, guys that can imitate Floyd well,” said Roach, 51, a native of Dedham (Mass.) who was voted Trainer of the Year on four occasions by (BWAA). “There isn’t a lot of guys in the world that are like Floyd, so it would be tough to find them. We would prepare for his counter punching ability, and his speed, which is maybe equal to Manny’s, if not better.”

Mayweather, a spectacular talent who has captured nine world titles in five different boxing weight classes, has essentially dominated the sport of boxing since he made his professional debut with a second round TKO victory over Roberto Apodaca in October 1996.

“Pretty Boy” is a man whose ample abilities have primarily allowed him to avoid facing adversity in the ring.

In all likelihood, Mayweather is a better boxer than Pacquiao and he would be a decided favorite if the two ever clash in the future.

Still, Roach is confident that Pacquiao could exploit Mayweather’s flaws and overcome the dominant loudmouth.

“I think we can take advantage of those habits,” said Roach. “He does have some bad habits that can be exposed.”

One of Mayweather’s “bad habits” may not actually be a visual fault.

Unlike Pacquiao, Mayweather has never been in a violent struggle and his tenacity has been questioned by some critics.

To emerge victorious over the more complete Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao “can take advantage” of his oversized heart and attempt to vanquish “Pretty Boy’s” willpower as the rounds pass.

As 42 other prizefighters have discovered, such a simple plan may be prove to be utterly complex.



After the holidays, Michael Koncz, adviser to WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao, plans to sit down with the Filipino superstar to discuss his next opponent. There are two viable options, WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr., who returns on May 5 in Las Vegas, and WBA/WBO lightweight beltholder Juan Manuel Marquez.

Pacquiao fought Marquez for a third time on November 12th, winning a close twelve round majority decision. Because of the close and controverial nature of the outcome, there is pressure to stage a fourth meeting with Marquez. However, there is also mounting pressure to fight Mayweather on the already scheduled May date at the MGM Grand.

Since the fight with Marquez, Koncz has not discussed any boxing related matters with Pacquiao, who returned to Manila earlier this week. The boxer is spending time with his wife and kids and doesn’t plan to discuss his next fight until after the holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas, are over. Once the holidays are over, Koncz and Pacquiao will discuss all of the lucrative options – Mayweather, Marquez and whatever else is on the table. But, even Koncz admits Mayweather and Marquez are the two most lucrative options for Pacquiao’s next fight. Based on their discussion, Koncz will speak with Top Rank’s CEO Bob Arum.

“Honestly, there’s been no discussions with Manny about boxing and we don’t plan to discuss the opponent [for 2012] until after the holidays,” said Koncz to AKTV. “[Pacquiao and his wife Jinkee] are having some quality time together.”



The 5th of November saw Scotland’s Ricky Burns beat the hard hitting Australian Michael Katsidis via a unanimous decision to become the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Interim Lightweight champion in what was a good performance.

Ricky used his jab well and covered up during Katsidis’s attack which was pretty relentless for twelve rounds. A lot of fans and experts were expecting Burns to lose.

The question a lot of people have asked me is. Who does Ricky fight next? There are a few options out there for Ricky he could face either IBF Champion Miguel Vazquez or WBC Champion Antonio Demarco and go for a second world title.
My choice would be for him to face Kevin Mitchell in a fight which would be a great domestic fight. It is a fight that is easily able to put together as both fighters are promoted by Frank Warren. The venue is a tricky choice in my opinion it would most likely be held in London at the o2 Arena or Wembley Arena.

This has the potential to be a great fight would do nice to top a bill with a strong undercard. Who do I think would win? Personally I think it depends on Mitchell’s mental state if his head is in it then for me he wins the fight. I like Ricky Burns a lot I’m proud for the contribution he has made to British boxing and it was a shame he didn’t win the British boxer of year award.

For me the Mitchell fight should be made it is the best option in my opinion. Maybe the winner of this fight could end up facing the winner of the Murray Vs Rios fight.


By Dan Henderson


WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquaio is confident that he won a twelve round decision in his trilogy fight with Juan Manuel Marquez on November 12th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Probably since the second fight with Marquez in 2008, Pacquiao has dominated the competition – including lopsided wins over Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Joshua Clottey, David Diaz, Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito.

The third bout with Marquez was another close fight. Pacquiao won a twelve round majority decision, scores of 114-114, 116-112 and 115-113. There are many people who scored the fight in favor of Marquez. Because of his recent string of wins, Pacquiao told Filipino reporters that everyone expects one-sided performances in every fight but boxing doesn’t work like that.

“I believed that before the bout was over, I was ahead and winning. [But] I was not convinced in my performance and I wasn’t able to deliver what the people expected of me. That’s boxing. There are instances where you don’t win through a one-sided fight. You can’t always beat your opponent in a lopsided way. They also have fists. It so happened that my fight was a close fight,” Pacquiao said.

By Pawel Pronishev


WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao returned home to the Philippines and as usual he was mobbed by the local fans, who greeted the boxer as he arrived from the United States. Pacquiao won a twelve round majority decision over Juan Manuel Marquez on November 12th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Pacquiao would later attend mass at the Quiapo Church in Manila.




November 17, 2011 (BOXING)  –  On Thursday, Francisco Valcarcel gave me his thoughts regarding the yellow substance Juan Manuel Marquez ingested on November 12.  Mr. Valcarcel, a Puerto Rican lawyer who serves as the president of the World Boxing Organization (WBO), said: “. . . in Nevada, a fighter can ingest the Gatorade refreshments during the bout.  Please remember that according to the Muhammad Ali Act, the Nevada State Athletic Commission has jurisprudence.”

Muhammad Ali Act  >

According to Section 2 (2) of the Act, “State officials are the proper regulators of professional boxing events, and must protect the welfare of professional boxers and serve the public interest by closely supervising boxing activity in their jurisdiction.”  The Muhammad Ali Act was enacted by Congress in 2000.

On Wednesday, Mr. Keith Kizer, executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), was kind enough to give me this response:  “Water and electrolyte drinks are allowed in the corner.  Any electrolyte drink must be brought to the arena in factory-sealed, plastic bottles.   Mr. Marquez used water and Pedialyte on Saturday night.”

Pedialyte  >

Pedialyte, an electrolyte solution, is manufactured by Abbott Laboratories and is designed to rehydrate one’s body, replacing fluids and mineral lost either through illness or strenuous activity.

Referring to NSAC’s rulebook (see NAC 467), we could not identify regulations specifying what a fighter is allowed to ingest during a bout.  However, in Section 28 part (a) of the WBO’s rulebook, “Only plain water may be given to a contestant in the course of the bout.”


By: Mary Dumon International Sports Examiner


CIUDAD DE MEXICO — El mexicano Juan Manuel Márquez afirmó que se se realiza una cuarta pelea contra el filipino Manny Pacquiao por el campeonato mundial welter de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo, “él pondrá las condiciones”.

Dinamita Márquez llegó al aeropuerto internacional de la ciudad de México procedente de Las Vegas, Nevada, donde el sábado perdió ante Pacman Pacquiao en una controversial decisión, por el fajín welter OMB en el hotel casino MGM Grand.

“Si se llega a firmar un cuarto combate ante Pacquiao, yo pondré las condiciones para evitar fallos injustos como el del sábado donde merecía ganar y es el sentir de todos los aficionados”, comentó el peleador.

Pese a que llegó pasada la una de la mañana, un numeroso grupo de medios lo esperaron en el aeropuerto capitalino, donde fue recibido por su esposa e hijos y dio sus impresiones del desafío ante el ídolo asiático.

“Todo mundo vio la pelea y el ganador fui yo, pero los jueces vieron otro combate y se lo dieron a Pacquiao. Espero que la OMB revoque el resultado porque yo gané la pelea con la mejor preparación de mi carrera”, destacó.

De un posible cuarto encuentro ante Pacquiao, mencionó que fuera en el Estadio Azteca, pero por lo pronto descansará con su familia para analizar su futuro, aunque no descartó el retiro después de 18 años en el boxeo profesional.

Acerca de la propaganda del Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) que portó en su calzoncillo, mencionó que no hizo proselitismo y que desconocía que había elecciones en el estado de Michoacán. “Yo estaba concentrado para la pelea y de la publicidad no supe nada”.

Márquez firmó autógrafos y gorras a aficionados que lo reconocieron en el tumulto de medios especializados que cubrieron la llegada del capitalino, considerado “el campeón sin corona” tras el polémico revés ante Manny el sábado en Las Vegas.



Scoring Summary by the Numbers

1. In six of the twelve rounds, all three judges agreed on the winner of the round.

2. In the first seven rounds, there was only one round where there wasn’t unanimous consent as to the winner.

3. There was disagreement among the judge’s scoring in all of the last five rounds of the fight.

4. Judge Trowbridge was the “lone wolf” in only one round (round 12)
a. Awarded the round to Marquez, while the other two judges awarded the round to Pacquiao.

5. Judge Moretti was the “lone wolf” in two rounds (rounds 2 and 11)
Awarded the rounds to Marquez, while the other two judges awarded the rounds to Pacquiao.

6. Judge Hoyle was the “lone wolf” in three rounds (rounds 8, 9 and 10)
Awarded the rounds to Marquez, while the other two judges awarded the rounds to Pacquiao.











New interim WBO world lightweight champion Ricky Burns is eyeing big fights both domestically and internationally in the 135lb division following his win over Michael Katsidis to become Scotland’s first two-weight world champion in nearly twenty years.

“The lightweight division is a really hot here and abroad at the moment,” said Burns. “Kevin Mitchell beat John Murray in a great fight back in July, while Murray has got a tough fight against WBA world champion Brandon Rios coming up. If Murray wins – and I’m hoping he does the job – then that opens up a unification fight between us. If he doesn’t then I’d love a shot at Rios. On the world scene Juan Manuel Marquez is there and so is Robert Guerrero plus Miguel Vazquez so I’m looking at some big fights ahead.”

Juan Manuel Marquez will not make a decision on his future for at least several weeks, but he expects to make an announcement within 20 days to a month. The Mexican boxer is still very angry with last Saturday’s twelve round majority decison loss to Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Pacquiao and his promotional team, Top Rank, are pursuing a fourth meeting with Marquez, but the Mexican champion is still unsure if he plans to continue his career. “Within 20 days or a month I will announce my decision whether I plan to retire or make a fourth fight with Manny Pacquiao. I have to consult my family first, then with my team. I proved that I’m the best fighter in the world. Everyone saw that Pacquiao is not the best fighter in the world. Bob Arum saw that he’s not the best fighter on the planet. [Pacquiao] says he won the fight, but I invite you to watch the video of the fight and see that he lost. Me and my corner were sure of victory, but when they announced the winner was [Pacquiao] I felt frustration,” Marquez said. “Fortunately, the best judges are the fans, the public, who condemned the decision. The match was viewed by the best audience in the world, the Mexican fans, and they rejected that verdict. As Mexicans we lose, but we also win. If I had lost in the ring, no Mexican fans would have said anything, and they would have accepted the reality. Decisions such as this stain boxing. If I decide to continue, [the fourth] fight will not be in Las Vegas. He can come to Mexico and do it on my terms.”


by Ernesto Castellanos, notifight.com


Pound for pound king Manny Pacquiao is obviously disappointed with his majority decision win over WBO/WBA lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez at the MGM Grand Garden Arena this past Saturday and wants Marquez one more time.

Strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza told BoxingScene.com/Manila Standard Today that he had a talk with the WBO welterweight champion on Monday and told us “Manny was not happy with his performance either.” He said “it was obviously  a really bad night” and that he ” wants another one.” Ariza said he too would “want another Marquez fight.”

Ariza said he told Pacquiao “ Let’s do it my way and see what happens.”

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum who was roundly booed by the Mexican fans who accused him of stealing the fight from Marquez said “not only was this fight not definitive, very few rounds were definitive. If the fighters are willing we’ll do it again.”

However, Arum may have trouble convincing Marquez to fight Pacquiao for a fourth time and even money may not entice the Mexican legend to take on the challenge. In fact Marquez said he is contemplating retirement and was certain that even if he beats Pacquiao, the judges won’t give him the decision.

Ariza said he told Pacquiao “we need to go back to the basics again. We have to get back to what we did in the days we were successful and we didn’t have any leg problems (cramps) and things like that.”

Ariza was apparently pleased that Pacquiao “had agreed to go back to the old ways” and indicated Pacquiao told him “next time we are going to do everything your way.”

The strength and conditioning coach who recalled their rousing success in the fights against David Diaz, Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton and Miguel Cotto revealed “he was not doing it my way at all” for Marquez III. He pointed the wide difference in “boxing training and conditioning training where sometimes a fighter thinks that because he trains hard inside the gym the conditioning is going to piggyback on the things that he does.”

Ariza said Pacquiao “looked good but his body didn’t cooperate with him again last night. His balance was off, he looked very ordinary, nothing special. He was exposed.”

When asked about the cramps suffered by Pacquiao in the fight Ariza said he “showed him a list  and told him let’s look at the Manny Pacquiao way and the Alex Ariza way” and pointed out that in the fights against Marquez III and Shane Mosley Pacquiao had leg cramps but when they trained the Ariza way he had no leg cramps in the fights against Diaz, De La Hoya, Hatton, Cotto and Clottey.

Ariza conceded “I know my way is very hard, its very taxing, its very uncomfortable but there is a reason for it. Nobody likes to do the conditioning but that’s what’s    pushing us through, that’s what is making Manny  look good.”

Ariza said “I don’t want to make excuses about leg cramps but our fights are getting worse and worse” citing the battles with Antonio Margarito and Shane Mosley adding “we are starting to go in reverse. Unless we get back to what we did in the beginning I don’t see how we are going to progress.”

With the possibility of a Floyd Mayweather megabuck fight taking place on May 5 Ariza said “if I was Mayweather and I saw that last fight (Marquez) I would sign for a Pacquiao fight this morning.”


by Ronnie Nathanielsz


Juan Manuel Marquez’s defeat to Manny Pacquiao on Saturday keeps alive the possibility of a fight with WBO interim lightweight champion Ricky Burns.

Marquez is the holder of the full WBO title at Burns’s weight but had moved up to welterweight to take on the legendary Filipino in Las Vegas.

His controversial loss makes it less likely he will vacate his lightweight belt but could mean a date with Burns.

The Scot beat Michael Katsidis on November 5 in his first lightweight bout.

He had relinquished his WBO super-featherweight title to move up a weight class to the 9st 9lb mark.

On Sunday Burns’s trainer Billy Nelson told BBC Scotland: “We would love to fight Marquez but it all depends on what he wants to do.

“He might go for a re-match with Pacquiao, he might retire or he might decide to drop back down to lightweight and defend his title.

“If he does defend his belt, then he has to fight Ricky because he has the interim title and is the mandatory challenger.”

Nelson is still buoyed by Burns’s impressive win over the Australian Katsidis at Wembley eight days ago, satisfied that “the game plan worked to a T” and particularly pleased by the way his boxer controlled the centre of the ring when he opted to.

And Burns’s maturity and quiet confidence at the elite level of the sport means he and trainer Nelson would face Marquez with a belief they could take the full title, with any bout likely to be staged in the United States.

Nelson, who runs The Fighting Scots gym, added: “We wouldn’t be thinking we’d made it just by getting a bout with Marquez; we’d be there to win it.

“We are very positive about the whole thing.”

Nelson will have four boxers on the undercard when Glasgow’s Willie Limond takes on Anthony Crolla for the Manchester fighter’s British lightweight title in Motherwell on 25 November.

However, he did not think it likely that Burns and Limond would go toe to toe in the ring.

“That would be more of a domestic bout. We want Ricky to be fighting for world titles,” said the coach.

“Willie would need to get himself up there in the WBO rankings to fight Ricky. He would need to beat Anthony Crolla and that will be no easy task.”

At the MGM Grand arena, challenger Marquez, now 38, lost out to Pacquiao on a controversial majority decision, with two judges voting in favour of the reigning champion and the third scoring a tie.

Pacquiao, 32, has now won his last 15 bouts, but for Mexico’s Marquez the decision was painfully reminiscent of his defeat to the same fighter in 2008. The pair also drew a contest in May 2004.

Marquez said after the bout: “This was the second robbery and this one was the worst. We won with clearer punches.

“It’s hard when you’re fighting your rival and the three judges too.”

Marquez has won world titles at three weight divisions.

Last year he complained that progression to welterweight was accompanied by a loss of speed.

The coming weeks will reveal whether the ageing star opts to drop from his 142lb for the Pacquiao fight to extend his legacy in the 135lb lightweight category where a hungry Scot awaits.


By Keir Murray
BBC Scotland


Las Vegas, MGM Grand – As previously reported on BoxingScene.com, Juan Manuel Marquez is contemplating retirement after claiming he was “robbed” in a majority decision loss to Manny Pacquiao in their WBO welterweight clash at the MGM Grand on Saturday. Pacquiao retained his title after earning the verdict from two of the three judges. The scores were 114-114, 116-112 and 115-113. They fought to a twelve round draw in 2004, and Pacquiao won a close twelve round split decision in 2008.

“For me, the best judge is the audience and they responded sensationally tonight,” Marquez said. “I would like to thank all the people that came to the arena. This time we not only beat him in the ring but also in the audience. The people were rooting for me and we are very happy for that.

“You need to win fights like this with intelligence and I was very intelligent tonight. Styles make fights and I think my style is complicated for his style. I think I won this fight again. What do I need to do before the judges give me the fight?

“What I need to do is sit down with my family and my camp and make a decision about continuing in this sport or just simply retire from the sport. It will be difficult. I have to decide, I have to see what happens. Maybe I will retire, maybe I won’t. Honestly, it’s a result of the fight. The thing that makes me think of retirement is because I have prepared myself so hard for 18 years. This was the biggest fight of my career.”

Marquez’s trainer Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Beristain was also angry.

“I feel that it is a joke for the people, for Manny and for Juan Manuel Marquez to have a type of decision like this,” Beristain said. “I felt very disappointed and frustrated. The real winner tonight I think is Juan Manuel Marquez, not Manny Pacquiao.”



MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada –  A dejected Juan Manuel Marquez told the media that he doesn’t know what he needs to do to leave the ring a winner when he fights Manny Pacquiao. Before a soldout crowd, Pacquiao won a controversial twelve round majority decision over Marquez, with scores of 114-114, 115-113 and 116-112.

“I don’t know what I need to do to convince the judges that I won,” said  Marquez.

Marquez feels that his performance in the third fight of their trilogy was a more definitive win than the first two fights which he feels he also won.  He feels he put on a great performance and should have been named the winner.

“I think I won this fight more clearly than the first two. I don’t know what I need to do to win.  I feel happy about my performance in the ring. I won the fight again.”

Marquez said that he is so disappointed that he is thinking of retiring.  He revealed that he will talk to his inner circle and shortly come to a conclusion on whether to continue his career.

“For the third time I feel like I won (versus Pacquiao). Right now I need to sit down with my family and my team and decide if I want to continue or hang up my gloves.”


By Ryan Burton


manny pacquiao vs juan manuel marquez
manny pacquiao vs juan manuel marquez

manny pacquiao vs juan manuel marquez

Manny Pacquiao believes he was a clear winner in his eagerly-awaited third showdown with Juan Manuel Marquez in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

The Pacman was awarded a majority points verdict over his great Mexican rival.

But the verdict left Marquez disgusted and the packed house inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena erupting into a crescendo of boos.

Pacquiao, for long periods befuddled by Marquez and his textbook counter-attacking gameplan, finished beaten on the scorecards of many experts.

But when Michael Buffer went to the only three scorecards that mattered he prevailed 115-113 and 116-112 with the other dead level at 114-114.

Afterwards Pacquiao said – “It’s very clear that I won the fight. Marquez is a good fighter and he’s a good counter-puncher. He hurt me a couple of times but I was very careful because he was waiting for my advances to counter them.”

Meanwhile Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum said another fight with Marquez – and not a megamatch with Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather Jr – is now firmly on the agenda.

He said: “I’m bound and determined to have these two fight once and for all in a decisive fight. I had Manny winning this fight, some people – particularly Mexicans – had Marquez ahead.

“I’ll speak to Manny and Juan Manuel, and maybe we’ll do it again in May. It was great for boxing and if we do it again it’s going to set all monetary records for pay-per-view.”

When asked about his next fight Pacquiao said: “I don’t know. It depends on my promoter Bob Arum. I’m going back to the Phillipines to do some work in the office.



LAS VEGAS, MGM GRAND — Manny Pacquiao escaped again, in a decision that left Juan Manuel Marquez fuming once again. The Filipino sensation was taken to the limit Saturday night before winning a majority decision that infuriated Marquez and most of the sellout crowd at the MGM Grand Arena. While close, the win helped Pacquiao continue a remarkable run that has made him the most exciting fighter in the sport.

In a bruising battle against a counterpuncher who was both accurate and fast, Pacquiao needed the final round on two scorecards to pull out the win. He got it, even though a third judge scored the round in favor of Marquez. As boos — and cans and bottles — rang down on the ring, Pacquiao celebrated another victory and another huge payday. One ringside judge had it a 114-114 draw, while two others favored Pacquiao by 115-113 and 116-112.
It was the third close fight between the two men, though this one was fought at 144 pounds instead of 125 as was their first fight seven years ago. That fight was a draw, while Pacquiao won a split decision in the second bout in 2008 at 130 pounds.
It was the 15th straight win for Pacquiao, who earned a minimum of $22 million while improving his record to 54-3-2. Marquez, who earned $5 million, fell to 52-6-1.


A dejected Juan Manuel Marquez walked into the MGM conference room after a scene that was all too familiar to the proud Mexican champion. Another twelve rounds with Manny Pacquiao and another decision that didn’t go his way.

For Marquez, this was the Mexican painting a beautiful portrait only to see it thrown in the trash yet again by the judges. This time, there was an overwhelming air in the MGM Grand Garden Arena that Marquez would finally even the score. But after being an overwhelming underdog who executed a brilliant game plan that featured effective counterpunching that gave Pacquiao fits, Marquez had to listen to the judges’ scores of 114-114, 115-113 and 116-112 to once again give Pacquiao the decision. Marquez is understandably sick of the same story being played out and uttered a statement to the media that was shocking but perhaps made perfect sense to a man who did all he could to see the rug pulled from under him again.

“Honestly, I don’t know what I need to do to change the minds of the judges,” Marquez (53-6-1) said. “I need to sit down with my family and figure out whether I will continue or retire from this sport.”

Retire? Although at first it sounds outlandish that a fighter who pushed the seemingly invincible Manny Pacquiao to the brink on three occasions would consider walking away from the sport, if you put yourself in Marquez’ shoes, it might make more sense.

At 38-years-old, Marquez has accomplished just about everything he could as a fighter. A former world champion, a pound for pound great and arguably one of the finest fighters Mexico has given to the sport. But despite all of the accomplishments, he can’t get over the hump known as Pacquiao. While the rest of the planet has bowed down to Pacquiao’s punching prowess, Marquez scoffs and has proceeded to bring Super Manny crashing back down to earth with his gloves laced with kryptonite. But what do you do when you have beat Pacquiao in the minds of many at least one out of three times but find yourself 0-2-1? Sooner or later the frustration sets in and you realize that nothing you can possibly do will put you in the win column.

“I thought I won this fight more clearly than the other two fights. I don’t know what else I can do,” Marquez said. “Honestly, the result of the fight has made me considering retirement. I worked very hard and ended up with this.”

However, despite the looming cloud of a superfight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, Top Rank’s Bob Arum realizes that there’s unfinished business regardless of what the official scorecards say.

“Maybe one day this battle will get settled but this one sure didn’t do it,” Arum said. “I would advise both Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez to do this again in May.”
May? Isn’t that when Floyd Mayweather allegedly threw down the gauntlet for a proposed showdown with Pacqauiao? Well, it appears that nobody is comfortable with moving on to a fight with Mayweather if this Marquez business continues to linger.

Even Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach wasn’t too happy with the victory and knows that the third fight did less to close the book and instead added another chapter.

“This is a fight that I kind of don’t want to do again but I think we have to,” Roach said. “He’s given us problems three times and I do believe he deserve a rematch before we face Mayweather.”

A Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight may be the one the world wants to see, but boxing pundits know better. You have to finish your breakfast before moving on to dinner. And Pacquiao clearly hasn’t put away Marquez. Nobody seems comfortable with this win, well, maybe except for Pacquiao.

“I think I won pretty clearly,” Pacquiao (54-3-2) said after getting a laceration over his right eye stitched up. Although the words spilled out of his mouth with the usual Pacquiao confidence, his face told a different story. It wasn’t the world beater that we have come to know in the ring on Saturday night. This was a Pacquiao who had to gut it out against a man who certainly has his number. Pacquiao struggled mightily with Marquez’ counterpunching but was aggressive enough to convince the judges that this fight was his.

“Marquez always waits for me to create action so he can counter. It’s not easy to do that. I was very careful,” Pacquiao explained. “I have to accept that it’s not easy to fight Marquez”

No, it’s certainly not easy for Pacquiao to fight Marquez. Who knows what the future holds for these two fighters. Perhaps they will move on and eye a showdown with Mayweather and let the record books tell who won this trilogy. But maybe the truth that Marquez, not Mayweather, was the man that Pacquiao couldn’t get past will gnaw at him enough to give way to a fourth fight and maybe jeopardize the megafight. What if Marquez retires though?

There are tons of questions that need answering and the only thing that’s for sure after Marquez vs. Pacquiao III is that nothing is for sure.


Story by Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone