How many times have we all witness several professional boxers not leave the ring at their greatest moment of glory? The answer to that can be too many.
This dilemma is exactly what Juan Manuel Marquez is currently facing after knocking out Manny Pacquiao this past Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Leaving now at the highest point of his career would mean a lot to him, but on the other hand, he could be also walking away from possibly the biggest purse prize of his entire career, which the only thing that has kept him boxing was to prove to everyone that he was better than Pacquiao by knocking him out, something he has now achieved at 39 years old after tying one match and losing two controversial matches, which many now suggest for him to retire because he has nothing left to prove.
The “Dinamita” has conquered four world titles in four different weight divisions, and if this fight against Manny would have been a title match, it would have been title belt number five in a different weight class added to his career that he has constructed overtime, and will surely be recognized as part of his legacy when he is finally inducted into the boxing hall of fame in a few years.
This decision is what Marquez is weighing out at this moment, where his promoters including Bob Arum and Fernando Beltran will most likely have some influence in, and will probably try to convince him to fight a few more times with one of his last fights being against Manny Pacquiao.
If Marquez decides to have a few more fights, his next possible opponent could be Brandon Rios who is dangerous, but does not have enough stardust to be able to make millions for Marquez like he would like.
Anyone else could be from his own weight division, but then again there are only a few who would be given a chance to fight against Marquez.
Timothy Bradley who just recently defeated Pacquaio, he would not be an option.
“Marquez vs. Pacquiao 5” at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico would definitely be a great event, and would suit Marquez well who is use to making his name shine above the rest, but in reality who wouldn’t want to leave at the highest point of their career, having all of glory and becoming a legend just like Marquez has done.
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