… But still wants a rematch against Tim Bradley
MANILA, Philippines – Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez may be nearing the end of his boxing career but he still wants to fight two more times – including a rematch against unbeaten American Timothy Bradley Jr.
Bradley beat Marquez via split decision when they fought in October, and the Mexican told Boxing Scene that a rematch is the “best option” for him at this stage.
“Undoubtedly, that’s my goal,” said Marquez. “But first, I must decide if I plan to continue boxing.”
“For me, it would be great and fill me with pride to bring Bradley to Mexico and have neutral judges, to say goodbye here in my country,” he added.
At the same time, Marquez acknowledged that he is “knocking on the door of retirement.”
“But I want to have two more fights,” he added. “Behind that decision is my family, my team, the people who are with you always. Some people who I consider friends, they tell me to stop boxing, and if I decide to do that at this point – I will retire satisfied.”
A champion at four different weight classes, Marquez reached the pinnacle when he knocked out bitter rival Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao in the sixth round of their fourth encounter in December 2012.
Since then, he has repeatedly said he no longer wants to fight Pacquiao. He also ruled out potential showdowns against light-welterweights Ruslan Provodnikov and Mike Alvarado.
“Neither Alvarado nor Provodnikov are in my plan,” he said. “I’m going forward. They are great fighters, and I’m not putting them down, but I gain nothing by fighting with them.”
“If I beat Provodnikov, I win a title that was already mine and Alvarado is not a champion. I have nothing to prove. I want a fifth world title, and that’s my goal,” added Marquez.