Marquez may retire after loss to Bradley
Mexican boxing legend Juan Manuel Marquez is considering retirement after his loss to Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas last Saturday (Sunday in Manila).
Marquez was hoping to become the first Mexican boxer to win world titles in five different weight classes when he agreed to the bout that featured the last two fighters to beat Filipino ring hero Manny Pacquiao.
But to the jeers of a pro-Marquez crowd at the Thomas and Mack Center, two judges awarded the bout to Bradley, 116-112 and 115-113, while the third judge saw it 115-113 for Marquez.
Marquez insists that he thought he'd done enough to earn the victory.
"I know I did my job and I'm happy with what I've done," said Marquez, who fell to 55-7 with one drawn and 40 knockouts. "I landed the best shots . . . to win a fight it's not always necessary to win by KO."
Marquez is no stranger to disappointing decisions. He endured two narrow defeats and a draw against Pacquiao before stunning "Pac-Man" with a sixth-round knockout in their fourth fight in December.
“The people saw a good performance, but the judges did it again,” Marquez said, according to report by the Los Angeles Times. “We came prepared to win this fifth title. We were happy with this performance. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the victory. To fight here in Las Vegas, I need to knock people out to get a victory.”
With the loss, Marquez told the newspaper that he doesn’t think he will ever fight in the US state of Nevada again.
But pushed if this meant retirement, Marquez answered, “Retire.”
“As Marquez left the arena to the chill of a desert night Saturday, he was asked by a reporter if he really wanted to end his career here. ‘It’s a difficult decision,’ said Marquez, turning to a reporter, revealing a swollen, bruised face. ‘What do you think?’” LA Times reporter Lance Pugmire wrote.
“Marquez was told he fought gamely and likely has at least a couple more fights left in him. ‘I don’t think so,’ Marquez said, walking away.”
However, Marquez’s trainer Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain, who also questioned the split-decision loss, was quoted as saying that they haven’t discussed retirement with the 40-year-old Mexican.
While acknowledging that Bradley is “a good fighter,” Beristain also said, “He’s very lucky. He’s the only undefeated fighter with two losses.”
A friend of Marquez also suggested that a rematch with Bradley be held in the Mexican’s home country. But asked about this, the lawyer of the brash American said, “No way.” -- with a report from Agence France-Presse