Juan Manuel Marquez explains his success

MY father was a professional boxer and he instilled that in my brother Rafael and I and I think it’s just in our blood. Without a doubt, any time you start boxing you don’t know what you’re getting into, it’s a very difficult time, but as you learn the craft I think you get better and it gets easier. I think at the beginning it’s always very tough.

I could have been a professional two years before I turned pro at 19. But I had a back injury that delayed my professional career until I was almost 20. I was ready to turn pro and as soon as the back injury got resolved I started training for it.

My trainer Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Beristain started me as a professional. My father is the one that started me in boxing, then we met this guy named Rafael Rojas who used to be an assistant with Nacho and so we came into his gym and that’s how our relationship started.

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