Juan Manuel Marquez is the greatest Mexican fighter of our time. He has proved it once again being the only fighter to really give Manny Pacquiao a run for his money three times in three hard fights.
As soon as this fight was signed, most of the media and fight fans including Mexican fight fans all said Pacquiao was going to easily destroy Marquez this time.
I knew that was totally wrong as I pointed out in our Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez: Official Bleacher Report Predictions
Marquez is one of those all-time greats who will unfortunately never get the full on credit he deserves. You saw this as he stormed out of the ring as soon as Michael Buffer announced the judges scores.
Right before the fight, many Mexican fans were even wearing Team Pacquiao shirts and hats and chanting Pacquiao, Pacquiao, Pacquiao in the hallways of the MGM Grand. A lot of these same Mexican fans began to start cheering for Marquez once they saw he was doing well in the fight.
But the problem with his recognition goes even deeper than that for both. Erik Morales and Marco Antonio Barrera would often outshine him when in comparison, even though Pacquiao knocked both of them out very badly too. Marquez arguably beat Manny or at least found a way to always match up with him.
Many view Marquez as not ever getting the love worldwide as Marco Antonio Barrera because of his legendary trainer Nacho Beristain. Nacho did not allow Marquez to fight one of the biggest stars back in 2001 in Prince Naseem Hamed. Marco Antonio Barrera ended up fighting the huge UK international star (Hamed) and owned him in a performance that made him a household name and provided him instant worldwide fame.
Many blame Nacho for Marquez never blowing up at this point of his career for he turned down the Hamed fight.
A similar thing happened again when instead of rematching Pacquiao the second time right after the their first fight, Nacho decided to have Marquez fight Chris John instead in his highly-protective native land of Indonesia in which he lost in that fight, making a fraction of what he would have if he rematched Pacquiao instead.
Saturday night, you can argue that Nacho once again could be to blame for the loss for he repeatedly told Marquez that he had the fight won so to not really open up and engage with Pacquiao.
Nacho is one hell of a trainer, one of the best the sport has ever seen, but he is one horrible manager and adviser. Should Nacho have told Juan to relax cause he has the fight already won? Obviously not. Anyone who thought Marquez could win a decision against Pacquiao with the biggest fight possible on the table against Mayweather does not understand the politics and business of boxing.
The only way Marquez could have won is by a knockout, for no matter what, if it went the distance, Pacquiao would win. (politics and business)
Marquez was impressive in the post-fight conference speaking in English to the media. He was classy, and although upset with the controversial loss, he still remained professional enough to answer all the questions from the media.
He said he will most likely retire because of this loss but is open to a fourth fight with Pacquiao.
When asked about if he'll protest the decision to the WBO, he laughed that off and said he's not that type of person to do that.
Bob Arum said Marquez made a career-high $5 million guaranteed purse. With the upside of the pay-per-view, he will most likely walk away with $10 million in total.
There were times where Juan just stood there frozen in silence and just giving a blank stare to the media. Not sure what was going on in his mind at that point; maybe he was thinking man did I just make $10 million? Maybe I shouldn't feel so bad after all.