Marquez brothers planning double
Rafael Marquez consolidated his standing in boxing&rsquos pound for pound top ten on March 3 with his impressive 7th round stoppage win over Israel Vazquez.
31 year-old Marquez claimed the WBC junior featherweight world title and now his older brother Juan Manuel Marquez wants to win the WBC junior lightweight world title and capture his own pound for pound ranking when he faces 33 year-old Mexican great Marco Antonio Barrera on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, USA on HBO.
If Marquez were to win this weekend, it would be the first time in the history of the sport that two brothers are holding a WBC world title at the same time.
"We both train hard and we both want to be world champions," said Juan Manuel Marquez, "so we are always going to do our best, whether it"s becoming the WBC world champion or not. We are going to keep training and we want to win."
The older Marquez 46-3-1 (35) was in Mexico two weekends ago when Rafael Marquez 37-3 (33) defeated Vazquez in thrilling fashion at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California on Showtime.
"I was in Mexico with the family watching on television," he said. "I was very, very happy and we celebrated with the family. Obviously, it was a little scary after the third round, but after that we all celebrated at home with the family."
While they are both very competitive, Marquez says that the two brothers are very supportive of each other and there is no jealousy between them.
"No, there"s no rivalry whatsoever," he said. "In fact, it"s motivating. We both work hard and we both want to be world champions and we both want to win. There"s no rivalry whatsoever."
33 year-old Marquez would not be drawn as to which brother was the better fighter.
"We"ll leave it up to the experts," he said. "It"s not really for me to judge who"s better or who should be higher in the pound for pound list. Leave it up to the experts and it"s up to them to say."
While Marquez sparred with his younger brother in the past, their father had to put a stop to it.
"It was war," he explained, "so each time we would train and spar each other it was war, so our dad kind of had to step in and prohibit us from sparring each other."