Juan Manuel Marquez is only interested in fighting again if it's against Manny Pacquiao. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Lem Satterfield of RingTV.com reports that Juan Manuel Marquez, who is in New York for the Cotto vs Margarito fight tonight, is only interested in fighting Manny Pacquiao for a fourth time, or he'll strongly consider retirement from boxing.
"If Manny Pacquiao wants the fourth fight, I want that fourth figh. But if Pacquiao don't want to fight with me, maybe I will re-think my future. ... I don't like the fight with Erik Morales, I don't want the fight with Brandon Rios. I want to fight with the best fighters. And if Manny Pacquiao says no, then maybe then I will re-think my career. A lot of people think that I'm going out a winner. I think the same."
It appears, obviously, that Marquez (53-6-1, 39 KO) is more or less pleased with how he performed against Pacquiao on November 12, and that at age 38, with his career-highest payday just a few weeks behind him, he doesn't feel as though he has a lot more to prove, unless it's proving it once again against Manny Pacquiao.
Marquez says he doesn't want to fight Pacquiao in Nevada again, and he may make a big pay demand if negotiations for a fourth fight become serious. But right now it seems like it's not a fight on the front burner for anyone involved. It could certainly happen, particularly if Pacquiao doesn't fight Floyd Mayweather next, but Marquez is probably not going to make it easy when it comes time to talk turkey.