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Boxing is the second-most popular sport in Mexico, after soccer. This was evident on Sept. 14, when Mexican Saul “Canelo” Alvarez lost a majority decision to Floyd Mayweather Jr.—and nearly eight of 10 households in Mexico with televisions tuned into the fight, according to Golden Boy Promotions, which promoted the bout. But the importance of the gloved game in Mexico cannot be measured in terms of ratings.
In December, Márquez—a 20-year boxing veteran and a distinguished personage in the rich lineage of the Mexican boxing tradition—was in a pitched battle with Manny Pacquiao, a fighter known as the Mexicutioner for his numerous triumphs over Mexican legends. It was their fourth encounter. Pacquiao was in kamikaze mode, pushing for a knockout, when the busted-up “El Dinamita” unleashed a perfectly timed right that plastered Pacquiao to the canvas and turned the boxing world on its ear.
After the bout, an ebullient Márquez said, “The strength for this punch came from my family…from my Mexican fans.”
Boxing evokes something close to existential significance south of the border, with great Mexican fighters glimmering as beacons of hope, strength and resilience to countrymen in both Mexico and the U.S.
Americans often complain that their athletes lack a sense of history. Not so with Mexican boxers. “My father was a professional boxer and we [my brother Rafael and I] followed in his footsteps, and that led to the Romanza Gym,” Márquez said in a recent interview, referring to the Mexico City gym where he was reared as a fighter. “There we got to see great fighters like Ricardo Lopez, Daniel Zaragoza and Humberto ‘Chiquita’ Gonzalez. All had something to offer to us. They were great teachers.”
Some 200 world champions have either hailed from Mexico or have been of Mexican descent. Figures in the pugilistic pantheon include Ruben Olivares, Salvador Sanchez, Ricardo Lopez and Carlos Zarate.
These gladiators and a small cadre of others are revered in their home country, none more than Julio César Chávez, who fought from 1980 to 2005, was undefeated in his first 87 bouts and retired with a record of 107-6-2.
“When I beat Julio César Chávez,” said Oscar De La Hoya, the retired Mexican-American champion, “there were even people in my own family who wouldn’t talk to me. That tells you what a god he was.”
Carlos Gallego, an expert in Hispanic studies and a professor at St. Olaf (Minn.) College, said, “A macho willingness to fight to the end, even against impossible odds, has always been an integral part of the Mexican psyche.”
Indeed, one will rarely see a Mexican pugilist who is ahead on points gliding around the ring, eating up the clock. “Mexican fans know their boxing and can appreciate good skills,” De La Hoya said, “but more than anything, they expect their champions to be fighters who take risks, who go for the knockout, who create drama.”
During a recent break from his preparation for Bradley (30-0, 12 knockouts), the 40-year-old Márquez (55-6-1, 40 KOs) echoed De La Hoya’s sentiments. “The fans in Mexico expect us to give it our all inside the ring,” he said. “There is no such thing as surrender in this sport for Mexican fighters.”