Juan Manuel Marquez Reflects on 2012, Talks 2013

By Ernesto Castellanos,

Juan Manuel Marquez (55-6-1, 40KOs), 39-years-old, has the world in his hands as he closes out 2012. After winning his fourth world title in April, with a twelve round decision over Sergey Fedchenko, he came back on December 8th to knock Manny Pacquiao out in the sixth round of their fourth match. He became the WBO's "Fighter of The Decade" and the win over Pacquiao gave him numerous "Fight of The Year" and Knockout of The Year" honors.

"[I'm leaving this year with] the satisfaction of two great fights. First, I returned to fight in Mexico City, in the Mexico City Arena, which was a success. The place was full, I got my fourth divisional title by winning the junior welterweight crown of the World Boxing Organization (WBO), and I did that in front of my people and in my city. That's gave me pride. Then, on the 8th of December, I had the biggest fight of my life," Marquez said.

"It was against a great fighter, a great character, I'm talking about Pacquiao. I demonstrated who was the best in this fight and our previous meetings where I had been robbed. I won as I should have, with a knockout, and that was the only way to do it."

As far as the upcoming year, Marquez will not specify if he plans to continue his career. A final decision has not been made. His wife wants him to retire, but Juan Manuel is doing his best to change her mind - at least for one or two more fights.

"I want to enjoy my family [in 2013], to be with them, to give them the time that they deserve, and especially to have good health, because without it very little can be done. In professional matters, I do not know yet if I will hang up my gloves or if I plan to do one or two more fights...I do not know, honestly. I will sit down to discuss this, as I've said, with my family, and together we'll see what is next," Marquez said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by stretchedout on 01-04-2013

[QUOTE=HeroBando;12884020]4 lineal belts for Pac. Diaz was not the man at LW, please. This alt is clueless. When did you start watching boxing?[/QUOTE] Im not talking about David Diaz, the one Pacquiao chose to fight, I am talking about Juan…

Comment by DeadLikeMe on 01-03-2013

The bitterness in this thread :rofl:

Comment by HeroBando on 01-03-2013

[QUOTE=stretchedout;12884006]Diaz was the man at lightweight. At what weight did Pacquiao ever beat " [I]the man[/I] " ? Can you definitely make sure that you get back to me on that one please. BTW, In the last 4 years, Marquez…

Comment by stretchedout on 01-03-2013

[QUOTE=HeroBando;12880609]Well if you exclude hypejob Pac from JMM's resume, Pac's worst win since JMM 2 beats JMM's best win in that 4 year period. Think about that for a second.[/QUOTE] Diaz was the man at lightweight. At what weight did…

Comment by HeroBando on 01-02-2013

[QUOTE=sapo1;12880332]so you answer a question with a question?? manny has been hyped up to be #1 in boxing!!! Im just asking what #1 contenders he faced or beat in the last 6 years?? seems to me like he only targeted…

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