Juan Manuel Marquez, the archrival of “People’s Champ” Manny Pacquiao, declared that he was hanging up his gloves for good.
Marquez, known as one of the greatest Mexican boxers of all time, made the decision after sustaining a number of injuries that forced him into hiatus. Marquez’ last professional fight was in May 2014 after he beat Mike Alvarado.
The Mexican boxer is best known for beating Pacquiao in an astonishing 6th-round knockout in December 2012, ending the four-fight series between the two fighters.
The 43-year-old boxing star wanted to return to the ring in 2016 for a farewell fight, yet the wear and tear from 64 professional fights had taken its toll on Marquez, who is currently a month away from his 44th birthday.
Speaking to ESPN, Marquez said:
“Today is a special and sad day for me because I’m announcing my retirement. The injuries pushed me to make this decision. It hurts, but I believe the right moment to put an end to my career has arrived. I would have loved to do a final fight to say goodbye inside the ring, but I have to listen to my body, and it was telling me that the right moment to stop boxing is now.”
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