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Marquez wants two more fights before retirement

With a draw, a split decision loss and a majority decision loss before his devastating knockout of Manny Pacquaio, Juan Manuel Marquez has reason to believe he is the better fighter and one final fight would settle to score once and for wall with his decade long rival.

With a draw, a split decision loss and a majority decision loss before his devastating knockout of Manny Pacquaio, Juan Manuel Marquez has reason to believe he is the better fighter and one final fight would settle to score once and for wall with his decade long rival.

The 42-year-old Juan Manuel Marquez is not ready to retire just yet. A major right knee injuries has kept the former four-time world champion out of the ring since he earned a unanimous decision victory over Mike Alvarado in May 2014 but he wants two more fights in 2016 before he hangs it up.

“That’s my wish — to do two more fights,” Marquez said. “Let’s see if my body responds and things go in the right direction. I won’t want to rush anything, but that’s the idea. I have to say goodbye to boxing after 30 years of being an amateur and professional.”

The two fights he is probably thinking about should be obvious. Marquez (56-7-1, 40 KOs) is likely eyeing a fifth fight to end a decade-plus long rivalry with Manny Pacquiao and a fight against Miguel Cotto.

Nobody as tested Pacquiao as much as Marquez has. Their first fight in 2004 was so close a draw was the only logical result. Pacquaio them beat Marquez twice, but it was by split decision and then a majority decision. When Pacquiao signed on to fight Marquez for a fourth time in 2012 part of the reason was because he never fully proved himself against Marquez and felt he still had to prove himself against him.

Marquez had different plans for the fourth fight, though. Marquez knocked Pacquiao out. He hurt him bad and the former WBO World welterweight champion was out cold. It was a shocking result and the crown jewel of a career that was already worthy of being in the Hall of Fame. Pacquaio is also said to be looking for another fight before he retires; one last fight between the two great rivals would be great. Either Marquez evens the all-time record but had that devastating knockout, or Pacquaio takes a 3-1-1 series advantage. Either way, the score would be settled.

Cotto would be a much harder opponent, as the former multi-division champion has fought at 155 since 2009 and probably would not be willing to cut down to fight Marquez, but the interest of a fight between two future Hall of Famers combined with the Mexico-Puerto Rico rivalry would make it a big event.

But if he could get a shot at one of the welterweight titles, he’d take that first. Keith Thurman, Danny Garcia, Kelly Brook and Timothy Bradley currently hold the four major welterweight belts. Bradley is schedule to fight Pacquaio for a third time in May with the WBO title on the line. Bradley settled for a split decision win against Marquez in 2013.

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Corey Johns

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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