Juan Manuel Marquez gave some of those pining for a fifth bout with Manny Pacquiao when the WBO light-welterweight champion cheekily announced his decision to step away from boxing at the age of 39.
On the back of his greatest achievement to date, a sixth round walloping of his Filipino rival, Marquez then went back on his decision to clarify that talks are still ongoing with his family about whether or not he will accept the offer to fight Pacquiao again next year.
“Today at 39 years I’ve decided to retire,” stated Marquez via his personal Facebook page. “I did what I had to do in boxing and demonstrated myself to be the best and face the best.”
Marquez then went on:”Happy April Fool’s Day! “I’m still negotiating with my family and we will see what comes to us. I won’t announce my decision on an ESPN program so enjoy our special customs!”
Promoter Bob Arum, who represents both fighters, has already stated that plans for the two pound for pound warriors to meet again later next year are in place and more will be released on the matter once Pacquiao returns from a family holiday.
The ‘Pacman’ was due to fight again in April, although publicist Fred Sterberg told WBN That this was now unlikely to happen due to the Congressman’s busy political schedule and September or later in 2013 was more realistic for a fifth meeting.