MANILA, Philippines – It is in Juan Manuel Marquez's best interest to forget a fifth fight against great rival Manny Pacquiao and instead step away from the sport, according to World Boxing Council (WBC) president Don Jose Sulaiman.
In an interview with Boxing Scene's Miguel Rivera, Sulaiman offered the Mexican legend some "friendly advice."
"In my opinion, he should hang up his gloves," Sulaiman said.
According to the WBC president, Marquez's sensational sixth-round knockout of Pacquiao in their fourth fight last December was "the culmination of a great career" for the boxer known as "Dinamita."
"Juan Manuel, he can walk away after knocking out someone who they were calling 'the best fighter in the world,'" Sulaiman said.
If Marquez fights Pacquiao for a fifth time, it will only be for financial purposes, he added.
"The money is a short-term plan, but at 39-years-old with a very beautiful family, you are raising the level of risk to your health," he said. "When you are young, it does not matter, but when you are more advanced in age it can be dangerous."
"My recommendation to Juan Manuel is sincere, respectful and affectionate. I recommend it to everyone (in his position)," Sulaiman added.
Marquez briefly considered hanging up his gloves following his victory over Pacquiao, but eventually decided to continue his career after consulting with his family.
But Sulaiman hopes Marquez will reconsider his decision.
"I know (Marquez's) family, he is an idol in Mexico, but what you have to look at is his age. One bad punch can remove the happiness from his life in the future. There is no point (to keep fighting) is what I mean," Sulaiman said.
A fifth fight between Marquez and Pacquiao is being discussed for September, although the Mexican recently said he is no longer interested in fighting his Filipino rival again.