Marquez: I want Mayweather

by Ciaran Baynes , 01 March 2009

The boxing world may be thinking about a third fight with Manny Pacquiao, but Juan Manuel Marquez says he wants Floyd Mayweather.

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Marquez ended a pulsating lightweight contest with a sickening uppercut to stop 'Baby Bull' Juan Diaz and capture the WBA/WBO lightweight titles on Saturday night.

This victory seems likely to add for calls to him to complete a trilogy against Pacman, who he has previously drawn with and controversially lost on points against.

Marquez does not believe Pacquiao will face him again so instead had in mind calling for a return to the ring for previous pound-for-pound king Mayweather. 

"I would like to meet Mayweather to see who is the best pound-for-pound," Marquez said on Setanta Sports.

"Pacquiao is the other best pound-for-pound but he doesnt want to fight me, so I want to fight Mayweather."

Marquez believed his defensive movement was key to him winning the fight, enabling him to turn the fight in his favourite as the fight moved into its second half.

"I came to box with head movement and body movement and I was able to beat him," Marquez added.

"We felt it was pretty even in the first three rounds. I thought with my body and head movement I was pulling it off.

"In the fourth and fifth round I saw my punches were making him weak. Thankfully I pulled it off."

Diaz felt a bad cut which was opened over right eye in the eighth round contributed to his defeat.

"I got caught with a good punch and blood was in my eye," Diaz said. "I couldnt do anything about it. I couldn't see anything he was doing.

"I kept fighting my heart out, I kept pushing forward and then he caught me with a good punch.

"My aggressive instincts took over, I thought if I show him I'm hurt he'll jump on it, so I thought to hell with it either I'll get him or he'll get me."

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