Originally written on 5TH QUARTER MAGAZINE  |  Last updated 10/22/14

In a report by ABS CBN News in the Philippines, boxer Juan Manuel Marquez will consider retiring if he is able to knockout Manny Pacquiao.  The two are set to meet in the ring for a fourth time on December 8th in Las Vegas.  In the first three installments of their fight, Pacquiao has come out victorious.  In those three decisions, Pacquiao’s wins did not go without any controversy.  Both fighters are now aware that this situation requires a knockout and only a knockout to finally seal this deal.

When asked about his plans, Juan Manuel Marquez responded by saying,

I want to knock him out.  I know I can do it, although I know that it won’t be easy.  If that happens, it could be the perfect moment to retire, but we will see what happens.

The Mexican boxer is also convinced that he won the first three fights.  Marquez still feels like he was robbed of three separate victories that ended up going to Pacquiao.  Marquez still believes that had he won those three other instances, he would have been one of the best pound-for-pound fighters.  Marquez would later state,

I’ve already beaten him three times and had those victories taken from me.  A knockout is the only way to take the decision from the judges’ hands.

This is definitely a solid mental gameplan for Juan Manuel Marquez.  If he can come in thinking he can knockout Manny Pacquiao, then that would motivate him to do so early on.  On the other hand, Pacquiao also has the same mentality of knocking his opponent out.  With both fighters on the same page, that December 8th boxing match will definitely be an exciting one.



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