Earlier today Juan Manuel Marquez and Juan Diaz held their final press conference for their anticipated July 31 PPV rematch.
The conference took place from Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay, which will host the fight this coming Saturday. Juan Manuel Marquez is anticipating an even tougher outing than the nine round war he waged with Diaz last year. Although he won with an emphatic TKO, Marquez still holds Diaz in high esteem and expects to see a better fighter on the 31st.
“Everyone knows Juan Diaz is a great fighter and I have prepared myself very hard for this fight,” Marquez stated. “When people say ‘Why Juan Diaz again?’ I always want make the biggest fights and here you have two great fighters. I think this fight is going to be better than the first one because Juan Diaz is a great fighter and a great warrior and I am too. I like to fight. Everyone who knows me, knows I like landing so many punches.I want to dedicate this to all of my fans around the world, my family, my kids, my wife and the Mexican fans around the world. I have prepared very hard and I am ready.”
Juan Diaz noted the recent erratic nature of his career. The Baby Bull is coming off a clear decision loss to Paulie Malignaggi,but vowed this fight will be the beginning of a prolonged winning streak.
“The last two years of my boxing career have been a roller coaster ride. Starting with the Nate Campbell fight which was my first loss, then I beat Michael Katsidis, and then lost to Juan Manuel Marquez, then beat Paulie Malinaggi and then lost to him,” he detailed. “It just makes sense that I am going to win this fight and I am going to keep winning from now on.”
Much has been made of the “Mexican warrior” tag, and whether Diaz can lay claim to it since he was born in America. The 26-year-old former champion refused to identify himself on nationalistic or racial terms. Instead, Diaz revealed his focus is on delivering a great fight for all boxing fans.
“During a lot of the interviews with the media, people have been asking about my heritage and nationality. Am I 50 percent this, 25 percent, 100 percent that? I don’t want to be any of that,” Diaz said. “I am 100 percent warrior. I fight for all of my fans whether it is Mexicans, Mexican-Americans, Blacks, Whites or Asians. I want to give everyone a great fight. I want to make all of the fans happy. I am going to give all of the ‘Baby Bull’ fans a great fight.It is time for the new generation to step up and reign over the lightweight division.”
Marquez-Diaz II begins at 9PM EST live on HBO PPV.
Stay tuned at Beats, Boxing and Mayhem for an exclusive final interview with Juan Diaz tomorrow.
An interview with rising middleweight Danny Jacobs and a final Marquez-Diaz II card prediction will be published on Friday (July 30).