But he won't fight Pacquiao
MANILA, Philippines – Juan Manuel Marquez believes he is still good for four more fights after his upcoming title bout against WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley this weekend.
Marquez admitted he was close to being done with his professional career after knocking out Manny Pacquiao last December.
"After that fight [with Pacquiao,] you know, my family thought I was done, it was over. But in my mind, I wasn't done yet. But they were. They thought it was over," said the Mexican in RingTV.com.
But the Mexican counterpuncher felt he still has more gas left in his tank and this prompted him to reconsider.
While preparing for the Bradley fight, Marquez said he found out that his body can still withstand the rigors of training.
"I've trained well. I love this. I'll keep working hard. I know that there are like four more fights," he said.
Marquez, however, clarified that Pacquiao won’t be having one of those bouts.
"Everybody knows what happened in the last three fights with Manny, and I think that the chapter is closed," he said. "The chapter is closed because I want to keep this feeling. On Dec. 8, I felt a great victory. I had great victory over a fighter like Pacquiao. I want to keep this great feeling for me."