Juan Manuel Marquez to continue boxing career
By Chris Williams: 39-year-old Juan Manuel Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KO’s) has decided to continue his successful career and he could be fighting next in April in a tune-up fight, according to fightnews.com. Marquez reportedly made the decision about his boxing career after meeting with his wife, who previously wanted him to retire, and his children.
Marquez could be fighting Jessie Vargas or Vyacheslav Senchenko next, although there also could be some other names that Team Marquez will be looking it.
Marquez really doesn’t need a tune-up fight but he wants to stay busy while he waits for Manny Pacquiao to get done with his tune-up fight in April so that the two of them can meet up in a fifth fight next September.
Marquez will likely get a much better money split with Pacquiao for this fight compared to the four previous ones because of Marquez’s devastating 6th round knockout win over Pacquiao on December 8th last month in Las Vegas, Nevada. Marquez received only a guaranteed $3 million for the fight compared to Pacquiao’s guaranteed $25 million.
While Marquez obviously will end up with a lot more money from the pay per view upside, it’s still pretty mind boggling how badly the money split was tilted in Pacquiao’s favor for the fight.
If Marquez can’t get a better deal for the next fight then he should probably walk away and either retire or take on other opponents.
There’s talk that the rematch with Pacquiao may involve random blood testing for performance enhancing drugs. One would hope that there won’t be extra testing for the fight because there weren’t any testing after Pacquiao’s controversial 12 round draw and two even more controversial victories over Marquez. It doesn’t make sense that testing suddenly start after a victory by Marquez.
Marquez passed every test that the Nevada State Athletic Commission asks for in terms of drug testing, and if they want to ask Marquez to volunteer for extra testing as a condition to get the fight with Pacquiao, then he should tell them that he’ll agree to whatever testing that the Nevada Commission asks for and nothing more than that.