Marquez not jumping in, says he might retire

By Abac Cordero Updated Monday December 31, 2012 - 12:00am


MANILA, Philippines - Following his unforgettable knockout win over Manny Pacquiao, Juan Manuel Marquez is no longer dying to face the Filipino superstar one more time.

Marquez, in fact, isn’t jumping with joy after Top Rank chief Bob Arum said the other day that a fifth fight will take place in 2013.

The 39-year-old Mexican said he’s not even sure yet if he’d ever fight again.

“I couldn’t even tell you if I’m going to continue my career for one more fight (because I don’t know yet),” Marquez told www.boxingscene.com.

“I told my wife (Erika) that regardless of the result against Pacquiao – it would be the last fight for me,” said Marquez.

“And when I got back to Mexico I mentioned to her that I wanted one more fight and she said no. But I’m still asking her to give me permission.”

The first three fights between Pacquiao and Marquez were all close and controversial. But on the fourth there was a clear winner.

Marquez traded knockdowns with Pacquiao in the third and fifth rounds then caught his fiercest rival with the perfect punch as the sixth round came to a close.

It’s now being recorded as the “Knockout of the Year” and the brutal showdown as the “Fight of the Year.”

Marquez, according to Arum, was guaranteed $6 million for the fourth fight, and could earn a couple more once all other revenues come in.

Now he knows he can ask for more.

However, Pacquiao’s adviser, Mike Koncz, said the stunning knockout does not give Marquez the right to ask for the moon.

“If they come to us with a reasonable offer we can always entertain Marquez as long as his team doesn’t get a swollen head just because he knocked us out.

“So if they come back to us now and say, ‘We knocked you out so we deserve the lion’s share,’ another fight will never happen,” Koncz told The STAR.

He said the knockout doesn’t mean Marquez can dictate the terms of the fight.

Pacquiao is vacationing with his family and Koncz said there’s no hurry for them to decide – not until after the Christmas holidays.

“If they are reasonable and if they want to do the fight on the same terms (Pacquiao got $25 million) we might entertain it,” said Koncz.

Otherwise, Pacquiao can go for someone else like Brandon Rios or “a couple other guys.”

But again, Marquez isn’t jumping in because he said his wife doesn’t want him to fight again.

Is he playing hard to get? Let the negotiations begin.

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