Juan Manuel Marquez didn’t need to wait for the decision to know he had won.
On Saturday night, the judges awarded one of the greatest boxers of all time a 119-109, 118-110 and 118-110 over the Ukrainian Sergey Fedchenko in a unanimous decision in Mexico City.
This was a one-sided affair from the jump. With the crowd clearly in favor of Marquez, he used his typical technical self to systematically destroy Fedchenko. In his first appearance since getting completely screwed over by the judges against Manny Pacquiao, he dominated from the opening bell. He incorporated impeccable defense with an aggressive offensive arsenal that is rarely displayed by Marquez.
Fedchenko struggled to throw punches and kept his distance, preventing Marquez from landing too many of his signature hooks. That was the main reason he was able to survive all 12 rounds and not succumb to the knockout. But after six rounds, it was crystal clear who was winning this affair.
It was a statement victory of sorts for Marquez and it makes you wonder what’s next on his slate.
Obviously, he would love a fourth bout with Pac-Man, but why in the world would Manny agree to another fight? He should have lost Round 3 and would likely lose a fourth bout.
Other than that, I’d guess a bout against Floyd Mayweather could potentially occur. Money May’s big fight is only half a month away as the two fighter’s schedules matchup.
But with the entire boxer world clamoring for a Pacquiao-Mayweather, it is unlikely Marquez would get in the way. Then again, with the way those two bicker and blame each other for a lack of a bout, maybe it’s never going to happen. Assuming Mayweather dispatches of Miguel Cotto, Marquez would be the next best opponent.
It was an exciting night in Mexico City, but now the future of the 38-year-old is very much up in the air.
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