As soon as the final bell sounded Juan Diaz felt he had done enough to get the judges nod. He had the perfect execution by taking his time and not being too aggressive. He fought a technical fight but still it wasn’t enough, Juan Manuel Marquez came out the better fighter last Saturday night.
Diaz with his last 6 fights were all subpar performance winning twice with one of them a controversial unanimous decision against Paulie Malignaggi and lost 4 of them twice on Marquez, one on Malignaggi on their rematch and one from Nate Campbell grabbing his three lightweight titles in return.
It’s been such a whirlwind career being undefeated for 33 fights and still at a tender age of 23 before hitting rock bottom on a lackluster performance against Nate Campbell.
He gave every fight like it was his last and now the University of Houston Political Science degree holder is thinking about pursuing his dream of becoming a lawyer and planning to take the LSAT (Law School Admission Test).
26 years old is still too young to call it a career but sometimes we all have to make choices in the long run. 10 years as a pro, maybe Diaz needs a break from the sport he loves. Not many boxers had the chance to have a fall back and Diaz have a luxury of doing that. He knows boxing is only temporary and when his luster starts to fade and all the fame and money burns out it’s going to be him and the world beyond boxing.
There is always a light beyond the darkest tunnel sometimes it needs failures and frustrations to get us into the right direction. Juan Diaz will continue to fight because he needs too. It’s no way for a champion to end his career in a bad note he just needs a break and besides I already imagined Michael Buffer introducing Juan Diaz “And now the fighting lawyer from Houston…” Diaz continues to inspire us. See even in failure there is still a good side into it.