Iran “MagnifiKO” Diaz, 28, is set to challenge Thai boxing champ Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, 31, for the World Boxing Council Super Flyweight World Championship at “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes.” Fighting out of Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico, the challenger enlisted the help of retired professional boxer Juan “Dinamita” Manuel Marquez, 44, for this daunting task.
“Juan Manuel Marquez is a legend of the sport,” Diaz stated. “All Mexican boxers look up to him as an inspiration and a role model.”
Hailing from Iztacalco, Mexico City, Mexico, Marquez is a four-division world champion who competed from 1993 to 2014. He will serve as the adviser of Diaz for “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes.”
At “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes,” Diaz and Sor Rungvisai will battle it out in a 12-round affair in the main event, which will be ONE Championship’s first ever boxing match. It will take place in the defending champion’s home country Thailand, particularly at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, on October 6, 2018.
“I am so elated to have him as I gear up for my first world title fight of my boxing career,” Diaz shared. “It’s an honor to learn from the best.”
In a professional career that spanned 21 years, Marquez was known for being a highly technical pugilist who was exceptionally skilled at combinations and counterpunches yet also willing to engage in slugfests with his opponents. He was also credited for his toughness as he never lost an in-ring contest by stoppage.
Marquez’s most noteworthy outings inside the squared-circle include his four-match saga with Filipino superstar Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao, 39, and the grueling clash against compatriot Marco Antonio Barrera, 44, in March 2007. Having held nine world championships in four different weight classes, Marquez is recognized by most sporting news publications and boxing websites as one of the greatest Mexican boxers of all time.
Meanwhile, here is ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong inviting Pacquiao to compete in the promotion: