Juan Manuel Marquez unloads absurd knockdown punch on Mike Alvarado (Video)

Juan Manuel Marquez beat Mike Alvarado by unanimous decision on Saturday night at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., to win the WBO welterweight title. It was a pretty easy win for JMM, save for a scare in the ninth when he was knocked down. What’s strange about that knockdown is that it came the round after Marquez unloaded a ridiculous right hand that landed squarely on Alvarado’s face to nearly end the fight.

There’s one video of the knockdown up top and another below:

Alvarado was so decimated by the punch that he went stumbling all the way back to the ropes and needed to be saved by the bell at the end of the round. He even started walking to the wrong corner before the referee directed him to the proper one. Upon sitting down on his stool, Alvardo was asked if he knew where he was and said “no.”

Alvarado got it together enough to knock Marquez down with a right hand in the ninth, but that was all he did. Marquez just dominated the fight, and surely left his mark on Alvarado’s face when it was all done:

Mike Alvarado face

People are calling for a fifth Marquez-Manny Pacquiao fight, but I really don’t want to see it. That’s not fair to Marquez, who has no way of improving upon his last knockout victory over Pac-Man. He really has nothing to gain except a few million bucks.

Video via @linkcalhoun

Juan Manuel Marquez-Timothy Bradley fight moving to October

Timothy BradleyJuan Manuel Marquez and Timothy Bradley have moved their scheduled fight to October to avoid a conflict with Floyd Mayweather on September 14.

Bob Arum’s Top Rank promotions booked Sept. 14 for the Marquez-Bradley fight even though Mayweather had plans to fight on the same day. Arum said last month that he would move the Marquez-Bradley fight to another date if Mayweather stuck to the September fight date. Mayweather announced on Wednesday that he will face Canelo Alvarez on Sept. 14, so Arum is moving Marquez-Bradley to Oct. 12.

Arum said last month that he was keeping Marquez-Bradley on Sept. 14 in case something happened where Mayweather backed out of the date. Since the middle of September is a big time for Mexicans to fight (Sept. 16 is Mexican Independence Day), Arum wanted to make sure he had that date reserved in case it became available. It was a smart strategy and there was no harm in keeping it just in case.

The fight between Marquez and Bradley will take place at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas with Bradley’s WBO welterweight title on the line.

Juan Manuel Marquez done fighting Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao Juan Manuel MarquezJuan Manuel Marquez has fought Manny Pacquiao four times and gone 1-2-1 against him, including a sixth-round knockout win in December. Pacquiao was looking at facing Marquez for a fifth time in a rematch, but Marquez chose to fight Timothy Bradley instead. Now he says he’s done fighting Pac-Man.

“With Manny Pacquiao, [I'm] finished there. I don’t want to fight with Manny Pacquiao because all finished. I won the last three fights. In four fights I won. I don’t want to fight with Manny again,” Marquez told The Los Angeles Times’ Lance Pugmire in an interview.

“I repeat: I don’t want to fight with Manny again because I won the last three fights,” he told Pugmire.

Marquez and Pacquiao fought to a draw in their first bout. Pac-Man won by split decision in 2008, a controversial majority decision in 2011, and then Marquez finally scored the first decisive victory in their series with the knockout in 2012.

There was speculation that Marquez turned down a fifth fight with Pacquiao because he did not want to go to Asia where Pac-Man wanted to fight for tax purposes. But he says he wanted to fight Bradley because he’s a champ.

“I want to win another belt,” says Marquez.

The two are scheduled to meet on Sept. 14.

I have to say, I was pretty tired of Pacquiao-Marquez fights and could surely go without seeing them fight again. At 39 years old, it’s quite possible that he’ll retire soon, too.

Manny Pacquiao KTFO by Juan Manuel Marquez in action-packed fight

Juan Manuel Marquez finally broke through against Manny Pacquiao. After three fights that included a draw and two losses by controversial decisions, Marquez finally recorded a win against Pac-Man.

Marquez knocked the Filipino down in the third, and then put him out for good in the sixth in one of the most brutal knockouts you will see. The knockout was so bad it literally put Pacquiao to sleep.

One of Pacquiao’s coaches, Alex Ariza, confirmed Manny was out cold. He told reporters they had to put a cold towel over Pac-Man’s head, and that his eyes where glazed over and he didn’t know where he was.

Kevin Durant had one of the tweets of the night in response:

Pacquiao drops to 54-5-2 with the loss, while Marquez is now 55-6-1.

This is the first knockout loss for Pacquiao since he was defeated by Medgoen Singsurat in Thailand on Sept. 17 1999.

Pacquiao recovered well from the first knockdown and rallied to put Marquez on the canvas in the sixth. He hit the Mexican so hard that Marquez told reporters after the fight he thought his nose was broken (reports later said it was).

Though many were saying all hope for a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight is now lost, I disagree. First off, it was highly unlikely that they were going to fight anyhow, so this outcome doesn’t lessen the chances. Secondly, Mayweather might be MORE interested in fighting Pac-Man now that the Filipino had his face rearranged. The only thing this outcome takes away is the excitement and anticipation of what was once supposed to be a superfight. Should they decide to fight, it would still sell extremely well thanks to the huge fan bases of each boxer.

GIF via @ZProphet_MMA

Manny Pacquiao Reportedly Wants $28 Million to Fight Juan Manuel Marquez Again

Manny Pacquiao is willing to face Juan Manuel Marquez a fourth time, but he wants $28 million for the fight the The Philippine Star reports.

Pacquiao won a majority decision over Marquez in November, the third fight between the men. After the controversial decision, promoter Bob Arum began calling for a fourth bout. Now that Floyd Mayweather is headed to jail for 90 days, Pacquiao is looking for a new opponent. Marquez could be it.

Pacquiao made $20 million in their November fight while Marquez took home $5 million. It’s also been reported that Marquez wants a raise if they square off again.

Pac Man is said to be open to another fight because a lot of people were “not contented” with the November decision. That’s awfully ballsy of him, because Marquez seems to have his number. I thought the fight was a draw and wouldn’t mind another fight between the two, though all I really care about is watching Pacquiao-Mayweather.

Naked Juan Manuel Marquez Makes Good Use of Sombrero (Picture)

Juan Manuel Marquez lost to Manny Pacquiao for the second time in three fights, falling by majority decision Saturday night in Las Vegas. One judge scored the fight even 114-114 (six rounds apiece), another had it 115-114 (7 rounds to 5), and the third judge scored it 116-112 (8 rounds to 4). The fight looked even to me, so I thought it should have been the second draw between them.

Marquez was upset with the majority decision — his second controversial defeat by decision to Pacquiao — and left the ring without conducting a post-fight interview. His corner telling him he was winning in the late rounds likely contributed to his anger.

Max Kellerman eventually got Marquez to do an interview from his dressing room, but the only problem was that Marquez was naked. Check that, he had a sombrero covering his manhood from the world.

So that leaves us asking the question: Who made better use of the sombrero, Marquez, or Victor Ortiz?

Juan Manuel Marquez Drinks His Own Piss While Training for Fights

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A prop on the set or really his piss? You make the call. I guess we can never doubt Juan Manuel Marquez’s desire to win if he’s drinking his own piss to get proper nourishment before a fight. I guess it’s also one of those adages — how much would it take for you to drink your own urine? In Marquez’s case, he’s getting paid probably 7-figures for the fight. I might plug up my nose and hunker down for that amount. You?

Thanks to Deadspin for that story.