Marquez Finishes Fedchenko. Rios Escapes Abril.

By Chuck Johnson

Juan Manuel Marquez - Photo Credit: Will Hart

Fighting at home for the first time in 18 years, future Hall of Famer Juan Manuel Marquez added a world title belt in his fourth weight class Saturday night with a unanimous decision against Sergey Fedchenko.

The 12-round WBO junior welterweight title bout was televised on HBO Pay-Per-View and drew a crowd of more than 30,000 at Mexico City Arena.

Marquez, who previously won world titles at featherweight, junior lightweight and lightweight, and is best known for his three closely-contested fights against Manny Pacquiao, was fighting for the first time since his third tough loss to Pacquiao in November.


Taking Care of Business

By Nat Gottlieb

Juan Manuel Marquez, Sergey Fedchenko

A fight between Juan Manuel Marquez and Brandon Rios would be a dream. But before those two can meet, they first have to take care of a pair of tricky opponents who would like nothing better than to turn that dream into a nightmare.

In a split doubleheader, Juan Manuel Marquez will face European junior welterweight champion Sergey Fedchenko in Mexico City, while in Las Vegas the unbeaten Rios must get by Richard Abril, an unusually tall lightweight who has exceptional hand speed and ring mobility.

Marquez is one of the great ring technicians, but getting a handle on Fedchenko may prove tricky. The 30-year-old Ukrainian has an uncanny in-ring ability to figure out opponents, earning him the nickname, "The Professor." He is unpredictable, alternating between two distinct fight styles. At times, Fedchenko (30-1, 13 KOs) has attacked aggressively with constant pressure. Other fights he uses his legs and fast hands to box circles around opponents. So which version will Marquez have to deal with?