Marquez no-show for pal Arce’s fight


HOUSTON, Texas—At first he relished the attention. Slowly, however, Juan Manuel Marquez is finding out that being boxing’s current toast can be too taxing and demanding.

This is the case especially in Mexico, where he is being accorded demigod status following his phenomenal knockout of Manny Pacquiao last Saturday in Las Vegas.

Marquez met with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Friday to present him with the gloves he used in stopping Pacquiao with a perfectly timed, well-placed right with just a second to go in the sixth round.

Originally scheduled to watch Jorge Arce as his countryman and friend tried to wrest the WBO super bantamweight from Nonito Donaire Jr. here Saturday night, Marquez begged off, telling Ricardo Jimenez of Top Rank that he wanted to rest and spend time with his family in Mexico.

Since arriving to a hero’s welcome in Mexico City Wednesday, Marquez has been very busy, according to reports. He has appeared in television shows, graced functions and met with dignitaries—something he is unaccustomed to.

Legendary Mexican trainer, Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain, who has mentored Marquez since he was 13 years old, also failed to arrive to work Arce’s corner.

Apparently, wherever Marquez goes nowadays, the 73-year-old Hall of Famer goes.

According to Angel Hernandez, Marquez’s strength and conditioning coach who was present at Arce’s corner, Marquez will take a break from boxing until June, when he will likely fight a lesser-light.

If Pacquiao gets a clean bill of health after extensive tests at Cleveland Clinic in Las Vegas, Top Rank big boss Bob Arum said he will try to arrange Pacquiao-Marquez 5 in September.

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  • The Truth

    It’s because that his whole body is under cast and he still needs to go to BELO to overhaul his dilapidated nose.

  • mamer2

    CONVINCE the PUBLIC that there was NO HUNKY-PANKY…!

    WHY wasn’t “Blood Testing” for Illegal Drugs conducted/made available in this fight…?
    Blood Testing is the only test, as of the present…, 
    to detect the HGH (Human Growth Hormone Drug)

    Sixty-Percent (60%) believe the unusual growth and strength of Marquez as
    reasonably suspicious.
    Mere words will not convince them to think, otherwise.

    • sanjuan683

      Sumobra yabang nito si Marquez. Karamihan ng boxer natatalo din huag siya masyado tiwala sa sarili.

    • Marshall

      tangna hinde mo pa rin matanggap ang paglagapaK ng pagmumukha ni Pakyaw sa canvass at pagtulog ng mahimbing..

      • mamer2

        Your reply to my comment has no bearing, whatsoever.
        Further, DO NOT start your sentence “nga nag mumura”…!
        It reflects on your culture and level of intelligence.

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