Juan Manuel Marquez: Ranking Best Opponents for Dinamita's Next Fight

Nicholas GossCorrespondent IJuly 14, 2016

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 08:  (L-R) Juan Manuel Marquez throws a left at Manny Pacquiao during their welterweight bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 8, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Juan Manuel Marquez's impressive knockout victory over Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night in Las Vegas has given him plenty of options when he finally decides who to fight next.

As one of the best fighters on the planet—one who has achieved a lot of success over the last few years—Marquez is a worthy opponent for any boxer.

Let's look at the three fighters Dinamita should consider fighting next.


3) Yuriorkis Gamboa

The best fight on Saturday night was the fourth bout between Marquez and Pacquiao, but another good fight also took place in Las Vegas.

Yuriorkis Gamboa defeated Michael Farenas in a unanimous decision in 12 rounds to improve his record to 22-0.

Gamboa has proven that he's ready for a massive fight, and he would be a challenging opponent for Marquez.

The 2004 Olympic gold-medal winner is the best option for Dinamita if he cannot schedule a megafight with Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather.


2) Manny Pacquiao

Some people were surprised that Pacquiao and Marquez agreed to a fourth fight, and even more boxing fans would probably be surprised if the two men decided to face each other for a fifth time.

After four fights versus PacMan, Marquez has just one victory. And since Pacquiao has lost two straight bouts for the first time in his career, there has never been a better time to fight him.

It's unlikely that Pacquiao will want to fight Marquez in 2013 if he's serious about setting up a bout with Mayweather. But if the Filipino is willing to fight him again, Marquez must be quick to accept the challenge.


1) Floyd Mayweather

Mayweather defeated Marquez in 2009, but after watching Dinamita fight very well since then, now is the perfect time to avenge that loss.

After defeating Pacquiao, Marquez is certainly capable of giving Money May a difficult and lengthy fight. And the Mexican is strong enough to defeat Mayweather too.

Mayweather might not want to fight someone as challenging as Marquez in his first bout since May, but at some point in 2013, these two men should definitely fight for the second time. It would be a tremendous fight and give boxing fans a great event to look forward to.