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Márquez v. Mayweather: All for the Glory

RUMBO, Interview, Gustavo Rangel, Translated by Elena Shore Posted: Sep 18, 2009

Traducción al español

Editor’s Note: Juan Manuel Márquez, aka “El Dinamita,” or the Dynamite, is prepared to do anything to win when he goes up against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. – even if it means drinking his own urine. He was interviewed by Houston Spanish-language newspaper RUMBO.

He is already a legend in Mexican boxing, but Juan Manuel Márquez wants more. He wants to go down in history along with the great Mexican boxer Julio César Chávez. It isn’t enough to be one of the best Mexican boxers. “El Dinamita,” the Dynamite, wants it all.

The sacrifices the Mexican boxer has made in his hard training regime even include drinking his own urine, as shown in the HBO television series 24/7.

In an interview with RUMBO, Márquez said he would "write one of the greatest chapters in the history of Mexican boxing" on Sept. 19 when he goes up against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

"This is my chance. I’ve fought the best in the world but he [Floyd Mayweather, Jr.], in the eyes of a lot of people, is the best fighter today pound for pound, and I want to beat him so I’ll finally get the recognition I deserve," Márquez said from his gym in Mexico City.

It won’t be easy. Mayweather, Jr. is undefeated in 39 fights. Although he has been criticized for avoiding certain opponents and fighting boxers who are past their prime, there is no denying his talent.

Márquez is going against the tide. The Mexican will jump nearly two weight classes to make the fight at 144 pounds. Mayweather, Jr. is three years younger (32), faster, very smart, and is perhaps the hardest rival the Mexican boxer has faced in his career.

Will it be harder to fight Mayweather, Jr. than it was to fight Pacquiao?

Yes, a lot harder. Pacquiao is a fighter who has his limitations and some defensive weaknesses that I figured out how to take advantage of at the time. But Mayweather, Jr. is much more versatile, he’s really good at defense, he is an elusive fighter and has a really good counterpunch. With Pacquiao you can make a mistake, but if you mess up with Mayweather, Jr., it can end the fight.

What is your response to people who say this isn’t a serious match because of the weight issue?

Weight is not going to be a factor and people will see it that night. I think there are other more important factors that will influence this fight, like our styles, Mayweather, Jr.’s speed, how I counterpunch, our intelligence, our physical condition and a lot of other things. My weight’s gone up to 67 kilos. I feel strong and fast, and we’ve worked so that weight won’t be a determining factor. We’re doing well and you’ll see it that night.

If you win, would this be your greatest victory?

The truth is that it would be a great triumph for Mexican boxing and I’m going to have that in my mind. I want to give my country a great satisfaction so they remember this night as one of the most glorious in the history of boxing.

The money is secondary to me because not everyone has this chance to make history. I have that chance now and I will not waste it.

Does it favor you that Mayweather hasn’t been fighting for a while?

That didn’t even cross my mind. I haven’t been training to fight the Mayweather, Jr. who has been out of the ring. We’ve been training for the best Mayweather, Jr. there is. We aren’t expecting anything less than the best Mayweather, Jr.

Mayweather, Jr. says you are far from being like J.C. Chávez [Mexican boxer Julio César Chávez González].

I respect his opinion but I warn him: He isn’t facing J.C. Chavez Sept. 19. He’s facing J.M. Márquez, and Márquez is writing his own history. We’ll see in the end how it turns out and the people will judge where I deserve to be. I don’t talk outside of the ring. I’ve always said, ‘My story is going to be written with my fists.’

Since we’re in Houston, I have to ask: Would you give Juan 'Torito' Díaz a rematch?

Juan [Díaz] is a good boxer. I give him a lot of credit, but that's in the past and for the moment, I’m not interested in looking backward. I think there are bigger fights for me right now and I have to take advantage of them. I have this one on Sept. 19 and then we’ll see. But for now Díaz will have to wait, like I had to in my time.

And what’s this about you drinking your own urine?

It’s helped me, it’s nothing new. I've done this for my last six fights with good results. I drink my urine because it’s high in protein and vitamins that your body needs, so why not drink it instead of wasting it?

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