Marquez was born on August 23, 1973 in Mexico City, Mexico. He currently carries a record of 55-6-1 with 40 KOs.
As an amateur, Marquez had a record of 35-1 which included two Golden Glove tournament wins. He made his pro debut at the age of 19 on May 29, 1993, and lost his first bout by first-round disqualification to Javier Duran.
Marquez would go on to win his next 29 bouts leading up to his first world title shot against Freddie Norwood for the WBA featherweight belt on September 11, 1999. Marquez lost by a controversial unanimous decision.
Moving forward, Marquez would defeat Manuel Medina for the IBF featherweight title in 2003 and then Derrick Gainer for the WBA title later that same year.
In May of ’04, Marquez faced Manny Pacquiao, which ended in a controversial draw. Marquez was dropped three times in the first round, but would take over from the second round onward using his effective counter-punching.
Still the WBA/IBF champion, Marquez made two successful defenses against Orlando Salido and Victor Polo. Then, in 2005, Marquez was stripped of his titles for his inability to defend them against various boxers, match-ups which failed to draw a bid.
In 2006, in an attempt to regain the WBA belt, Marquez lost a controversial unanimous decision to Chris John while fighting in John’s homeland of Indonesia. Later that year, Marquez won the WBO “interim” belt with a win over Terdsak Kokietgym. He defended the title with a win over Jimrex Jaca before moving up to super featherweight.
In 2007, Marquez faced Marco Antonio Barrera for the WBC super featherweight title. Marquez won by a unanimous decision.
After defending the WBC belt successfully against Rocky Juarez, Marquez defended the title in a rematch with Manny Pacquiao in March of ‘08. Marquez lost by a controversial split decision to Pacquiao. Marquez requested a third bout with Pacquiao, but Pacquiao opted to move up to lightweight instead to face little known David Diaz for his WBC belt.
Following the loss to Pacquiao, Marquez also moved up to lightweight where he defeated top lightweight Joel Casamayor in September of ’08, and Juan Diaz for the WBA and WBO lightweight belts in February of 2009.
Since there was no progress being made for a potential Pacquiao/Mayweather bout, Marquez moved up to welterweight to face Floyd Mayweather Junior in September of 2009. Marquez lost by a lop-sided unanimous decision.
After the loss to Mayweather, Marquez dropped back down to lightweight to defend his titles in a rematch to Juan Diaz. Marquez was victorious as he won by a unanimous decision. Marquez also defeated Michael Katsidis by a ninth-round TKO to complete a successful 2010.
In July of 2011, Marquez stayed busy as he defeated Likar Ramos by a first-round TKO. Then, in November of ‘11, Marquez finally got his third bout against Manny Pacquiao at a catchweight of 144 pounds. Again, Marquez was denied victory as he lost to Pacquiao by a controversial majority decision.
Then, in April of ’12, Marquez faced Serhiy Fedchenko for the WBO junior welterweight belt. Marquez won by a unanimous decision.
In December of ’12, Marquez finally defeated Manny Pacquiao, knocking him out cold in the sixth round.
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