Marquez: KO victory over Pacquiao was 'divine justice'
MANILA – Juan Manuel Marquez describes his knockout victory over as “divine justice” after he felt short-changed in their first three fights.
Marquez reacted to renewed calls for a fifth bout with his Filipino rival after outpointing Mike Alvarado last Saturday.
"Pacquiao is a great fighter, and he has shown that,” Marquez said in Spanish on Mexican website Record.
“I think it was divine justice when I knocked him out in the fourth fight,” added the 40-year-old Mexican fighter.
Marquez settled for a draw in his first bout against Pacquiao before losing his next two fights by points to the Filipino superstar. In their fourth face-off last December, he scored a stunning victory over Pacquiao by knocking out the Filipino dynamo in the sixth round.
But even as he outpointed Alvarado in what was considered as an eliminator for the WBO welterweight belt, Marquez remained non-committal about fighting Pacquiao again.
The fighting congressman currently holds the WBO title, a crown that Marquez has been chasing for a while now.
He has won world titles in four weight classes from featherweight to junior welterweight and wants to be the first Mexican to win titles in five divisions.
Marquez, however, said he’d like to take a vacation first before deciding if he will extend his rivalry with Pacquiao.
"We'll talk to the team, we will make a good decision for me, for my family and for all the Mexican fans," he said.