MANILA, Philippines – Mexican champion Juan Manuel Marquez will take the time to think about his future in boxing after his fourth encounter against rival Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao on December 8 in Las Vegas.
At 39-years-old, Marquez is still considered as one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the sport, but he admits that after his bout against Pacquiao, his future in boxing is uncertain.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen... We will wait until we see what happens on December 8. We may go forward. We may stop. Who knows,” Marquez said in a conference call, as quoted by PhilBoxing.
But Marquez also said that he feels “very strong mentally.” “If I win the fight, I will continue,” he said.
Marquez and Pacquiao have fought three times, first battling to a draw in 2004. Pacquiao then won the two rematches in 2008 and 2011, though Marquez remains convinced that he won all three fights.
The Mexican stressed that it is vital for him to retire with a victory over Pacquiao.
“In the past, I have done every thing right to win, so for this fight I have trained very hard again,” he said. “Whenever I want to retire, I can retire happy knowing that I beat the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.”
“I have this opportunity, and the victory will be mine on December 8th. I will be able to retire with a victory over Manny Pacquiao,” Marquez added.
Marquez vows to be aggressive against Pacquiao in the fourth fight, even saying that he will go for the knockout if the opportunity is there.
“I will fight with intelligence and I will also be a counter-puncher. And you need to fight intelligently to get a knockout,” he said. “To win the fight clearly, I need to get a knockout.”