Juan Diaz talked with media on Tuesday afternoon about the Marquez vs. Diaz II bout, his plan to win and what might happen if he loses.
He shocked some on the teleconference when he said that he won’t rule out taking his life into a different direction should he not be victorious on July 31.
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Diaz and his long-time trainer, Ronnie Shields talked spoke of some adjustments they believe are necessary to get the better of Juan Manuel Marquez this time around. First and foremost is to stick to the game plan.
Both men noted how close the first fight was scored prior to the stoppage. While Juan gave Marquez his due as a very smart fighter with an arsenal of effective punches, Diaz believes that he lost his focus in the later rounds.
“I was stubborn,” said Diaz, “Ronnie told me to stay in my boxer’s stance and I didn’t. It led to me being stopped.” Shields elaborated on that. “Juan has to use his boxing skills that made him the world champion. We are working a lot on avoiding being in positions to get hit with Marquez’s upper cuts.”
When asked if he thought the first fight turned on the upper cuts rather than the fact that Diaz was bleeding from an open wound, the fighter sounded like a light bulb went on over his head.
“Now that you say that, I have to agree with you. Marquez was slowing down but I got cut and he was like a lion out there. He saw the blood and got energized.”
Diaz surprised some by saying he is happy the sequel to the 2009 Fight of the Year is happening in Las Vegas.
According to him, there were too many distractions as a result of talk that the judges might not give his opponent a fair shake in his home town of Houston.
“I don’t blame them (Malignaggi and Katsidis) when they said they were scared. While the attendance was fantastic, standing room only, Las Vegas is the place in the U.S. for big PPV fights.”
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As for his plans after the fight if he is not victorious, Diaz is ready to take his life in what he called “a different direction.”
“This fight will prove to me whether I have the ability to be a superstar in the light weight division, be a champion again and go on to bigger and better things. Or if I will put more focus into other areas of my life.
I won’t close any doors. If I plan to keep fighting after this I will only do what is best for me. I know when it is time to stop and I know when it is time to go”
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