Juan Manuel Marquez, best known for his one-punch KO of Manny Pacquiao, is apparently hanging up the gloves after a truly legendary career.
In a week in which former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko announced his retirement, Mexican great Juan Manuel Marquez is set to do the same. Marquez hasn’t fought in three years, and numerous injuries have delayed any potential return to the ring. Now at 43 years of age, Marquez is opting to hang up the gloves, per a report from ESPN.
Overwhelmed by injuries and worn down from 64 pro fights, Márquez chose, much to his regret, to accept that retirement was his first choice. According to sources close to Márquez, the decision could become official on Friday’s Golpe a Golpe telecast, where he is a boxing analyst, on ESPN Deportes and ESPN Mexico.
Marquez’s decorated professional career began in 1993, and he went on to win major world championships in four different weight classes (featherweight, super-featherweight, lightweight, and junior welterweight). While he holds notable wins over Marco Antonio Barrera, Rocky Juarez, Joel Casamayor, Juan Diaz (2x), and Michael Katsidis, he is best known for his unforgettable four-fight series with Manny Pacquiao, with their first meeting taking place in 2003, and their final one in 2012. Marquez improbably rallied from three knockdowns in round 1 to earn a draw, lost the rematch by split decision, controversially lost on the scorecards again in the trilogy meeting, but in their classic fourth encounter, he made sure it didn’t go to the judges.
The Pacquiao KO will forever be his signature win, but he had so many other phenomenal, spellbinding performances. His combination punching was something to behold, as evidenced in his dramatic first win over Juan Diaz in 2009.
In 2010, Marquez rebounded from a thudding left hook vs. Australia’s Michael Katsidis and forced a 9th round standing stoppage to defend his gaggle of lightweight titles.
To wind the clock further back to 2002, Marquez battered Robbie Peden so badly that the fight was stopped between rounds, as Peden was vomiting blood in his corner. If you’re the squeamish type, don’t watch the video.
Marquez’s final career record stands at 56-7-1, with 40 wins coming by way of knockout. Despite suffering several knockdowns throughout his career, including five against Pacquiao himself, not one opponent was ever able to finish him. He’s a surefire hall-of-famer and a true legend of the sport.
In the video below, you can watch highlights of his final fight, a unanimous decision over Mike Alvarado.