Arce mulls return despite KO loss to Donaire

Posted at 01/25/2013 7:49 PM | Updated as of 01/25/2013 7:49 PM

MANILA – Mexican boxer Jorge Arce is contemplating a farewell fight before finally retiring from boxing.

Arce recently announced his retirement after being knocked out by Filipino fighter Nonito Donaire Jr. last December.

The Mexican brawler said he wants to give his fans a 12-round battle before he leaving the sport for good.

"[This is] not about money. I think I owe the public a war. All my fights have been exciting,” the Mexican said in Boxing Scene.

He said he wanted to give Donaire 12 full rounds, but he was surprised by the Filipino’s flashy moves and that the fight was cut short.

“Donaire surprised me with his speed, power and he moved very fast. I was left wanting to go more rounds,” said Arce.

After “feeling out” the Mexican brawler in the first round, the “Filipino Flash” rattled Arce with a left hook-right upper cut combination in the second round.

The Mexican was able to survive the round but was again in trouble in the third when Donaire connected with a series of left uppercuts.

A hard left hook to the jaw had Arce sprawling to the canvas, signaling the end of the fight.

The Mexican believes he is still good enough for one more memorable fight.

“Whenever you lose a fight, you're disappointed and I decided to retire. But after thinking hard about it, I think a boxer at my level, with all the achievements that I have, can not walk away on a knockout loss," Arce said.