Celebrity News: The great Mexican champion, Juan Manuel Márquez made his boxing retreat official on Friday, as ESPN reported last night.
During an ESPN broadcast, Blow to Blow, Márquez thanked the people who helped him in his career. He expressed that the retirement caused him much sadness but also a great illusion of doing new things. This is what the ‘Dynamite’ said: “I announce my retirement today so that I will not return. There are other challenges we have to face. The injuries have not allowed me to continue, they have slowed me down in practice. It hurts [make this decision]. But we all have to do it someday. ”
Márquez kept training in recent months with the intention of returning to the ring in the summer. The idea was to make a return fight and then face Miguel Cotto before the end of the year. But an injury to his left shoulder began to change plans.
From 2014 to Márquez also it was afflicted an injury in the right knee, which came to stop its training on several occasions. Those physical ailments typical of a high-performance athlete would guide the great Mexican boxer to make that decision.
At 43, he is 44 on 23 August, after winning world titles in four divisions – featherweight, super-featherweight, lightweight and super lightweight – and with a career that left memorable performances, Márquez is a future member of The Fame that has nothing more to prove.
His debut was on May 29, 1993. Along with his coach Nacho Beristáin and assistant Raul de Anda, Márquez had unforgettable nights above the ring. His first world championship defeating Manuel Medina in 2003. Four years earlier he had lost to Freddie Norwood in his first fight for a world title. His last fight was in 2014 when he defeated by unanimous decision to Mike Alvarado.
Among his rivals and fights are Orlando Salido, Marco Antonio Barrera, Joel Casamayor, Juan Diaz, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Michael Katsidis, Timothy Bradley, and of course, Manny Pacquiao.
There is a curious anecdote that Marquez once told during an interview. Before his professional debut he went out to ringside to see the first fights, he thought that the blows inside the ring were really strong and that maybe that sport was not for him. In fact, Márquez lost by disqualification his first professional fight against Javier Durán.