By Miguel Rivera
WBO International welterweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez (56-7-1, 40KOs), 41-years-old, is still undecided on his future.
He admits that a huge offer has been made to have a fifth fight with Manny Pacquiao, who the Mexican veteran knocked out cold in the sixth round of their fourth meeting in 2012. Pacquiao defends his WBO welterweight crown against Chris Algieri on November 22nd in Macau, China.
Marquez plans to train over the next few weeks to see how his body reacts. If his body feels good, he will then continue his career with another fight or two. Either way, he wants to make decision regarding his future by January.
"I've been offered a lot of money for a fight with Pacquiao - but for me honor, prestige, and respect for a country comes first. And, why do a fifth fight? Considering we won," said Marquez.
"Making a decision for an athlete [to retire] is very difficult, because we miss the exercise, the applause, the screams of the fans. I do not want to tarnish the career that I've made as many fighters [have done by fighting for too long]. I want to feel sure of what I can do and then make a decision."