Wednesday, 31 December 2014 04:28

Juan Manuel Marquez vs Manny Pacquiao 5? Injury may force 'Dinamita' to retire

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Although most fight fans are eagerly awaiting a super fight in 2015 between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr., the Filipino icon's head trainer admitted to having thoughts of revenge and physical retribution against another future Hall of Fame fighter.

In a recent interview with ESPN's Michelle Beadle, the six-time "Trainer of the Year" confessed to wanting a fifth meeting with Mexican fight legend and long time nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez.

"You know, he's just so happy with the way the last fight ended," stated Freddie Roach. "But we want one more fight with him...we want the opportunity to get a little payback, but he won't talk. He's not willing to come to the table."

"I think he's being smart. He doesn't want to get knocked out by Manny Pacquiao."


It's well known that Manny's promoter, Top Rank, Inc, preferred a fifth meeting with the 41 year old ring technician in Macau, China, on November 23 of 2014, over the eventual pairing with current WBO Junior Welterweight titlist Chris Algieri.

What isn't more widely known is Juan Manuel Marquez may have fought his last professional bout against Mike Alvarado this past May because of a nagging injury to the four division world champion's knee.

During a recent interview on ESPN Deportes, "El Dinamita" broke the news that injuries might force an untimely retirement from the sport.


"I wanted to have another fight in 2014, but I injured my knee while training for my fight with Mike Alvarado," confesses Juan Manuel Marquez. "Right now I need to take my time to see how my knee responds to training. I just need time."

"Being a boxer is my job, and the ring is my place. But now I need to take my time. I do not want to retire, but if my body doesn't allow me I will be forced into retirement."


Juan Manuel Marquez knocked-out Manny Pacquiao to end their fourth meeting in December of 2012, with a perfectly timed right hand to the Pacman's jaw.

While many fight fans have characterized JMM's home-run shot as a "lucky punch", trainer Freddie Roach doesn't see it that way.

"I'm not going to say he got lucky, because he threw the right punch at the right time and he caught my fighter," admits the Wildcard Gym owner. "That's just part of boxing."

"But I hope we get one more fight with him. We need that payback."
 

 

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