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Juan Manuel Marquez: Retirement or Fourth Pacquiao Fight to Be Decided Within a Month

Juan Manuel Marquez hasn't made a decision, but he may have saluted his fans for the final time on Saturday. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Juan Manuel Marquez hasn't made a decision, but he may have saluted his fans for the final time on Saturday. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Ernesto Castellanos of Notifight.com (via BoxingScene.com) reports that Juan Manuel Marquez will within one month make the decision on whether to fight Manny Pacquiao for a fourth time, or retire from the sport of boxing:

"Within 20 days or a month I will announce my decision whether I plan to retire or make a fourth fight with Manny Pacquiao. I have to consult my family first, then with my team. I proved that I'm the best fighter in the world. Everyone saw that Pacquiao is not the best fighter in the world."

Marquez (53-6-1, 39 KO) said immediately after the fight on Saturday night that he would contemplate retirement, having felt he was robbed by judges for the third time in three fights with Pacquiao. It appears he's not backing off of that consideration. At age 38, Marquez has achieved living legend status, has established himself as one of the finest fighters in his country's history, and may well feel that as he nears an inevitable retirement no matter what, it just might not be worth it anymore.

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If Marquez does retire, I feel it's a huge loss for boxing. When properly motivated, he is still one of the finest fighters walking this earth, and his performance on Saturday was his best since 2008, the last time he fought and narrowly lost to Pacquiao. But it would be hard to blame him. Over the years, he's had a lot of tough fights, faced a lot of great fighters, and has late in his career made some big paydays fighting Manny and Floyd Mayweather. If he's set financially, and doesn't feel any burning desire to take a fourth crack at his great rival, he really might retire, and it's sure as hell not the worst way to ride off into the sunset.

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