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ESPN Ranks Rafael Marquez 4th in pound-for-pound rankings

marquezHIDALGO, TEXAS-- Highly regarded ESPN.com boxing columnist, Dan Rafael, just released his current rankings for Boxing's best POUND-FOR-POUND fighters. Close to the top of the list is Mexico City's, RAFAEL MARQUEZ, coming in at #4.

Marquez, the WBC World Super Bantamweight Champion, will be defending his coveted title against former two-time World Champion, Israel Vazquez, on Saturday, August 4th at the Dodge Arena in Hidalgo, Texas. The highly anticipated rematch between the two, entitled "La Venganza," will headline a seven bout card that begins at 6:30 pm.

In his ESPN.com column today, Dan Rafael justified his #4 ranking of Marquez. "He's won titles in two divisions, is undefeated for almost seven years, makes excellent fights and knocks guys out," Rafael pointed out. "He's about to face his most dangerous opponent, former champ Israel Vasquez, in a rematch of their outstanding March fight. What more can you ask?"

According to co-promoter, Gary Shaw, Marquez being ranked as 4th best fighter in any weight division (pound-for-pound), is further proof that the Rio Grande Valley will be seeing one of Boxing's best on August 4th.

"For anyone who doesn't understand the magnitude of who Rafael Marquez is, this says it all," Shaw said of Marquez' #4 pound-for-pound ranking.

"The list of Boxing's best fighters starts with Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, Winky Wright and then Rafael Marquez. That's pretty impressive company. And when you consider Boxing stars like Bernard Hopkins, Shane Mosley, Marco Antonio Barrera, Ricky Hatton, Jermain Taylor and Oscar De La Hoya are all rated below him, you fully comprehend the status of Rafael Marquez."

"No question - on August 4th, the fight fans around the country and in South Texas will get a chance to see one of the true super stars in sport battling another great fighter- Israel Vazquez."

Rafael: pound-for-pound rankings

TOP 10

1. Floyd Mayweather Jr. (38-0, 24 KOs)
2. Manny Pacquiao (44-3-2, 34 KOs)
3. Winky Wright (51-3-1, 25 KOs)
4. Rafael Marquez (37-3, 33 KOs)
5. Bernard Hopkins (47-4-1, 32 KOs)
6. Juan Manuel Marquez (47-3-1, 35 KOs)
7. Joe Calzaghe (43-0, 32 KOs)
8. Jermain Taylor (27-0-1, 17 KOs)
9. Marco Antonio Barrera (63-5, 42 KOs)
10. Sugar Shane Mosley (44-4, 37 KOs)

Second 10

11. Ricky Hatton
12. Miguel Cotto
13. Oscar De La Hoya
14. Joel Casamayor
15. Ivan "Iron Boy" Calderon
16. Chris John
17. Cory Spinks
18. Antonio Margarito
19. Mikkel Kessler
20. Juan Diaz

Article posted on 12.07.2007



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