MANILA, Philippines – Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez is contemplating retirement after he accomplished his mission of earning a decisive victory over his Filipino rival, Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao.
In their fourth encounter last Saturday, Marquez finally got his sought-after win against Pacquiao -- and he did it in the most devastating fashion possible: with a crushing sixth-round knockout that sent the Filipino icon down to the canvas face first.
“My mission has been accomplished,” Marquez told Boxing Scene. “I can retire quietly.”
“That’s what I’ll talk to my family about because I’ve had a 28-year-career,” he added. “The body suffers and thus retirement would be great for me.”
In the press conference following the bout, Marquez said he was not thinking of the future and instead wants to celebrate his great victory with his family and friends in Mexico.
He later told Boxing Scene that he will have to think about retirement “a little bit more” since a fifth fight with Pacquiao is still possible.
“I can not say if there will be a fifth fight, but Pacquiao is a great fighter and he has proven that in every fight,” Marquez said.
Many believe that with his stunning knockout of Pacquiao, Marquez has sealed his place in the pantheon of great Mexican boxers. It was also vindication for “Dinamita,” who twice lost controversial decisions to Pacquiao in 2008 and 2011 after battling to a draw in 2004.
Marquez is also the first boxer since Medgoen Singsurat in 1999 to knockout Pacquiao.