Mexico’s Juan Manuel Marquez, the former World Boxing Organization light-welterweight champion, has ruled out a fifth bout against Filipino Manny Pacquiao and instead mentioned Americans Timothy Bradley or Brandon Rios as possible opponents.
The 39-year-old boxer has squared off against Pacquiao on four occasions, fighting to a draw in the first fight and then losing two controversial decisions before winning their latest contest in December 2012 with a stunning sixth-round knockout.
“A fifth fight against Pacquiao would be pointless. We already saw (who is better). The goal we had has already been achieved. There’s nothing pending, everything’s been decided and (another bout) would be the last option,” Marquez told reporters.
The Mexican, a seven-time world champion in four different divisions, said his next opponent in the ring could be either Bradley - the current WBO welterweight champ - or Rios.
“Bradley won a controversial decision over Pacquiao, so why not take him into consideration if he’s a good fighter,” the boxer said.
Marquez said he would spend the rest of March mulling whether to continue boxing or retire, added that he is still trying to get his family’s support for another fight, possibly in September.
“If there’s a green light to keep going, we’ll see what the best option is and who’s the best rival to fight next,” he said.
Marquez, who has a record of 55 wins - 40 by knockout -, six defeats and one draw, said he may seek a title in the welterweight division because he “wouldn’t mind at all” becoming a champion in a fifth weight class.