Juan Manuel Marquez put on an impressive performance in his last outing against WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao, frustrating the Filipino congressman with his counter-punching. Unfortunately for Marquez, the judges didn’t give him a fair shake, awarding Pacquiao with the majority decision.
The controversial decision against Pacquiao initially prompted Marquez to consider retirement, but he soon had a change of heart. Marquez is currently scheduled to face Sergey Fedchenko on April 14, and he plans to put on another solid performance.
“Fedchenko looks like a respectable opponent,” Marquez said. “One thing I do not do [is come into a fight overconfident]. You know, confidence can kill a man. I abused [confidence] in the first fight against Manny Pacquiao. I went out to attack him in the first round, and I was connecting well – but then suddenly he sent me to the canvas. And there wasn’t just a [single knockdown], but three in one round. From the second round on, I decided to box and [he couldn’t hit me anymore]. And I think I won the fight on points, but I was robbed with a draw.”
Fedchenko is definitely a capable boxer, but he’ll be in for a serious step up in competition when he faces Marquez on Saturday. He will have momentum on his side though, as he’s currently on seven fight winning streak.
At 38 years old, Marquez might be slowing down a bit, but his experience should be more than enough to get him safely past Fedchenko. With a win over Fedchenko, Marquez hopes he’ll be able to secure a fourth fight against Pacquiao, as he still has a score to settle with the WBO welterweight champ.
I normally wouldn’t be up for a fourth fight between two fighters, but the Marquez-Pacquiao saga deserves just that. Pacquiao might have walked away with the win in two of their previous bouts, but many (myself included) still feel Marquez was the rightful victor in all three fights. Without a doubt, a fourth fight between the two would be entertaining, and it would be an easy sell for any promoter.