source: Chris Robinson | Examiner.com
It’s hard to imagine what was going through the mind of Juan Manuel Marquez on the night of November 12th, 2011.
Facing off with his rival Manny Pacquiao for a third time inside of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, Marquez produced a performance that was shocking and even inspiring on many fronts. Just as was the case in his first two duels with Pacquiao, Marquez’s timing and counter-punching prowess game Pacquiao fits all night long.
After twelve rounds it appeared to most ringside observers that Marquez had done enough to win the fight based on the number of clean punches he landed and the way he dictated the action for many of the rounds. A majority-decision for Pacquiao would follow and a dejected Marquez left the ring in disbelief.
Despite fighting valiantly in all three bouts of his trilogy with Pacquiao to the point where any of the fights could gone either way, Marquez currently holds a 0-2-1 record against his Filipino counterpart. After their match last November, the 38-year old Marquez seemed unsure whether he would continue with his career as he addressed the media at the post-fight press conference.
Speaking to Marquez’s promoter earlier this week, Fernando Beltran, president of Zanfer Promotions, confirmed that Marquez indeed contemplated walking away from boxing.
“He wanted to announce his retirement after that happened,” said Beltran of Marquez, who is scheduled for an April 14th return in his native Mexico City against the Ukraine’s Serhiy Fedchenko. “He wanted to retire, but then he realized he came with his family and his family told him ‘We don’t want you to retire, we want you to step into the ring again with Manny and prove to us and to you that you’re a better fighter’.”
Getting a little more concise, Beltran revealed that it was actually one of Marquez’s three children who had the most influence.
“That’s what his son told him, his oldest son,” added Beltran. “His oldest son Aldo told him ‘We know that the boxing world is going to ask for the rematch between you and Manny and I want you to take it’. With all respect, he believes he won the fight.”
If successful against Fedchenko next month, Marquez will likely return to the ring three months later, possibly against former champion Brandon Rios, inside of Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, Texas.
And if he is able to come away from that fight victorious, don’t be surprised if Marquez lands another coveted crack at Pacquiao in November.