"Betfred customers clearly feel Marquez will repeat his win in the epic meeting between the duo in February 2009, and that he will do it even more emphatically than by the TKO he achieved last time."(credit: kate.gardiner
Juan Manuel Marquez is proving all the rage with punters ahead of tonight's mouth-watering rematch with Juan Diaz at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas
Marquez secured a brutal ninth-round success when the pair met in Diaz's home city of Houston just under 18 months ago - a clash which was named 2009 Fight of the Year by both Ring Magazine and the Boxing Writers Association of America.
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The Mexican saw his record slip to 50-5-1 when outpointed by Floyd Mayweather last September but insists he will return to winning ways when defending his WBO and WBA lightweight titles here.
"I'm not going to be overconfident because I've beaten him, because I've knocked him out," declared Dinamita. "I'm going in just like as it was the first fight, 100 per cent ready to take care of business.
"The Mayweather fight didn't really take anything away. I've always said and it's always been my theory, to be the best you have to fight the best and I'll never go back on that.
"Obviously, it could have been better, but as far as this fight with Juan Diaz, he's going to bring it. He's trained very well. I've trained very well and it's going to be a very good fight - it could be even better than the first one.
"But the key factor is victory. To me, victory is everything. It motivates me," added the 36-year-old.
"It keeps me going to defend my titles with pride and honour and having my hand raised at the end of the night, that's the most significant thing and what brings it out in me. I don't know how but it comes out because of that determination that I have to win."
Fight fans are certainly siding with Marquez, who is a well-backed 1/3 favourite at Betfred to confirm his superiority, 6/4 to secure another stoppage victory and 2/1 to prevail on points.
The same firm are offering 9/4 for Diaz to gain revenge, 15/2 for the American to get the job done inside the distance and 3/1 he obliges via the judges' scorecards.
Betfred spokesman Jon Wilde said: "Betfred customers clearly feel Marquez will repeat his win in the epic meeting between the duo in February 2009, and that he will do it even more emphatically than by the TKO he achieved last time.
"All the money so far has been for the Mexican to knock out his opponent."