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Juan Manuel Marquez scored the biggest win of his career when he knocked out Manny Pacquiao last weekend, but the Mexican superstar says he may want just one more fight -- and it might not be against Pacquiao.
Juan Manuel Marquez is expected by most to fight Manny Pacquiao for a fifth time next year following last Saturday's stunning knockout win over his rival, but when speaking in Mexico City, Marquez wasn't committed to that or any particular fight, saying he'll speak with his family about possibly retiring, though he'd like one more bout.
"I have to convince [my wife]. It is a family decision. I'd like one more fight, not specifically against Pacquiao, but one that I could stage here in my city."
It is doubtful that Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KO) will retire without fighting again, and he'd turn down a lot of money to get back into the ring with Pacquiao -- it would be a career-high payday no matter what, but we're probably talking an eight-figure purse for a fifth fight, and that's a lot of money to brush off.
But, Marquez is going to turn 40 on August 23 of next year, and it would certainly be interesting to see him ride off into the sunset with his head up, either off of the big Pacquiao win, or that and a final homecoming bout in Mexico.
Still, it's doubtful. His promoter Fernando Beltran of Zanfer says he hopes Marquez fights on, and the offers are going to be huge. He's a bigger star than he's ever been.