“There are Gathering rumors in the networks that I have been offered me 60 million dollars to again fight Manny Pacquiao, but even if they give me 100 million, I will not fight him,” – said the former world champion Juan Manuel Marquez at the conclusion of the 3rd Boxing Tournament of Security Forces and Federal Police, at its facilities of Iztapalapa.
Juan Manuel said he was very happy to see these youngsters, “because I remember my beginnings and boxing has given me everything.”
He touched on some interesting topics, including his absence from the ring for almost two years, the upcoming fight between Saúl “Canelo” Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez and the dilemma he has ….returning to the ring…or saying goodbye to boxing.
Márquez said that despite his absence from the ring he keeps training and he’s fit.
“I’m still training and I am always running. I know I have been distant for almost two years. This year will be definitive I think I’ll do two fights, to assess how my body reacts. Passing those the tests I would make another important fight.
“But first I have to talk to my family. If my family tells me, I’ll leave boxing. My family is now my priority.”
Regarding the clash between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez, the champ sagely observed: “It will be a fight where Julio Cesar’s strength and kilos will be decisive to defeat Alvarez’s intelligence, punching and good boxing.
“Although I think his chance is less than Alvarez, if Chavez wins, it will be the beginning of a return to the big time. If Canelo wins, it will be just another victory for his career.”
He emphasized that Mexican boxing is not in crisis, “what happens is that there are new figures and future champions. Do not despair!”