Juan Manuel Marquez (54-6-1, 39KOs) is easily one of the best fighters of this and any generation. After another controversial bout with pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquaio, Marquez came back to the ring to face Sergei Fedchenko(30-2, 13KOs) in Mexico City on Saturday night's PPV telecast. The lightweight king was moved to the 140lb weight class for this fight.
Marquez came out looking a bit tentative due to Fedchenko's awkward style. Marquez went for hard hooks to the head but his opponent's defense was elusive and impressive. Fedchenko landed quick right hands that hit the champ on the chin but had no real effect. Marquez came out behind his jab in the second which he followed up with overhand rights.
Marquez also began to attack the body. Fedchenko still looked brave enough to throw his own punches which he found landing straight down the middle. Over the next six rounds Marquez slowly broke down his opposition with fierce body shots and hard right hands. Marquez was able to control most of the action with his jab.
In the eighth Fedchenko had a decent round when he began to use his own jab and exchange with Marquez. Marquez did continue the body attack which proved to be the difference in this fight. Marquez landed his patented left uppercut, hook to the head and/or body combination as Fedchenko was content throwing in small spots.
In the final round Marquez came out like a man on a mission. He landed a right to the body followed by hard rights to the head that hurt Fedchenko. Marquez pushed forward with a hard left hook as Fedchenko tried to fight back by firing a right. Marquez lands a brilliant three punch combination that made his opponent hold on.
Marquez was awarded the unanimous decision by the scores of 119-109, 118-110 and 118-110 once again.
The fight wasn't an easy one for the crafty veteran Marquez but it was exactly what he needed as he continues to campaign for another meeting with Manny Pacquaio.
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