Juan Manuel Márquez Méndez (August 23, 1973) is a Mexican professional boxer. He is the third Mexican-born boxer (after Erik Morales and Jorge Arce) to become a four-division world champion, winning seven world titles in four different boxing weight classes.
A natural counter puncher, Marquez is known for being a fast and highly technical fighter. He is also known for his fights against Marco Antonio Barrera and Manny Pacquiao. Ring Magazine currently ranks Marquez as the number eight pound-for-pound boxer in the world and number five in the welterweight division. He is considered to be one of the greatest Mexican boxers of all time.
Marquez had an amateur record of 82-4, with 71 wins by knock-out.
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." Márquez was WBO Featherweight Champion Naseem Hamed's mandatory challenger for 22 straight months. However, the WBO allowed Hamed to schedule other fights instead...
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