Marquez urged to take lucrative 5th fight with Pacquiao


Posted at Jan 04 2013 08:21 PM | Updated as of Jan 05 2013 04:21 AM

MANILA, Philippines – A former world champion has advised Juan Manuel Marquez to delay his retirement and fight Manny Pacquiao one more time.

Edgar Sosa, a former World Boxing Council (WBC) flyweight champion and a fellow Mexican, told Marquez that there will be a lot of money at stake if he faces Pacquiao again.

“As Erik Morales once said, how can you walk away when you're making more money [than you've ever made in the past]," Sosa said in a Boxing Scene report.

But the 39-year-old Marquez said he already promised his wife Erika that he would hang up his gloves after his fourth clash with Pacquiao.

The Mexican boxer also said he wants to leave the sport while he’s healthy.

But Sosa said Marquez is unlikely to suffer from health issues because he has been honing his craft.

He added that Marquez should also take advantage of his new found success.

"Marquez has placed himself among the greatest Mexican fighters in spectacular fashion by knocking out Pacquiao. Pacquiao was considered by many to be something like a God, for having defeated De La Hoya, Cotto, Margarito, Morales, Barrera - all of the greats,” said Sosa.