Marquez TKOs Katsidis to Retain WBA, WBO Titles

Juan-Manuel-Marquez-vs-Michael-KatsidisJuan Manuel Marquez recovered from an early knockdown to score a technical knockout victory over Australia’s Michael Katsidis and retain his WBA and WBO lightweight titles in their championship bout at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday.

Katsidis caught Marquez with a left hook that dropped the Mexican warrior in the third round. However, Marquez easily beat the count and went on to punish Katsidis with body shots in the succeeding rounds. Marquez, who was leading on all scorecards after eight rounds, landed several combinations that clearly hurt Katsidis in the ninth round, forcing referee Kenny Bayless to stop the fight with 2:14 gone in the round.

After the victory, his 52nd in 58 fights, Marquez immediately reiterated his desire to get a third fight against eight-division champion and current light-middleweight champ Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines. “That’s what we want (a fight with Pacquiao), because I always want to fight the best,” Marquez said. The 37-year-old Marquez has fought Pacquiao twice. Their first fight in 2004 ended in a controversial draw while a 2008 rematch saw Pacquiao escape with a split decision victory.