MANILA, Philippines – With the support of his family, Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez is focused on continuing his boxing career, starting with a fifth fight against his great rival Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao of the Philippines.
“Juan Manuel Marquez already confirmed to me that he plans to continue in boxing,” promoter Fernando Beltran told Boxing Scene. “He already spoke with his wife and children, with his family, and they support him in continuing.”
After Marquez’s sensational knockout of Pacquiao in their fourth fight last December, there were speculations that “Dinamita” might hang up his gloves.
But the Mexican instead opted to continue fighting, and a fifth fight against the “Pacman” is now being discussed for September 2013.
Beltran said Marquez had instructed him to begin working on that bout.
“(Marquez told me) it is necessary to begin to review offers, to see the plans and to begin (the next steps) following the big fight (last December),” the promoter said.
Beltran confirmed that the fifth fight may be held outside of the United States due to tax reasons.
“The two fighters do not want to pay so many taxes,” he said. “Yes, there is a the possibility that it will happen in Macau, which is something (Top Rank chief executive) Bob (Arum) likes.”
Another possibility is for the fight to be held in an arena in Mexico City.
Beltran also hinted that Marquez may extend his boxing career beyond the fifth fight against Pacquiao.