Marquez, MP's chief rival, set to retire

Marquez, MP's chief rival, set to retire”

There had been rumors of a clash between Juan Manuel Marquez and Miguel Cotto, but Marquez's ongoing knee injuries had hindered his training. No more, it appears. The Mexican legend will retire and end a career that began in 1993, Salvador Rodriguez of ESPN Deportes reports.

Marquez, who turns 44 next month and last fought in 2014, had been targeted by Filipino superstar Pacquaio earlier this year for a fifth fight.

The reverse did little to affect Marquez though as the warrior went on to enjoy a 20-year career packed with excitement and world title reigns.

He won championships in four different weight classes - featherweight, junior lightweight, lightweight and welterweight - and held a belt as recently as 2013.

Juan Manuel Marquez defeated Manny Pacquiao, Marco Antonio Barrera, Juan Diaz, Orlando Salido, derrick Gainer and others.

He bounced back by remaining unbeaten until 2006, drawing his first fight with Pacquiao in 2004. After losing two razor-thin decisions and surviving 3 first round knockdowns to earn a draw in their first 3 meetings, Marquez got off the deck again to knock Pacquiao out with one right hand in the sixth round in December of 2012. Marquez lost his featherweight strap to Chris John in 2003 and lost his super featherweight belt to Pacquiao in a close 2008 fight, but each time he moved up in weight and captured another major belt. Five years later, the Mexican together with Wladimir Klitschko, the day before took a similar decision, will enter the Hall of fame world Boxing.

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