Juan Manuel Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KOs) couldn't have asked for a better outcome when he faced Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs) on Dec. 8, knocking the Filipino congressman out cold during the sixth round of their showdown at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.
It's was clearly the most entertaining boxing match so far in 2012, with both men hitting the canvas before Marquez sealed the deal in the sixth round.
At 39 years-old, Marquez' days in boxing are numbered, and the Mexican might end up doing something most great fighters fail to do: Walk away from the sport while they're on top.
"My mission has been accomplished and I can retire quietly and that's what I'll talk to my family about, because I've had a 28-year career [in boxing] and the body suffers, and thus retirement would be great for me - but I need to think about it a little more," Marquez said about his knockout victory against Pacquiao, per Boxingscene.com. "I cannot say if there will be a fifth fight, but Pacquiao is a great fighter and he has proven that in every fight."
Marquez' brutal knockout of Pacquiao is the stuff movies are made off, and it would be the perfect story-book ending for the Mexico City native who has often been underrated. After suffering two controversial losses to "Pac Man" (their first bout was ruled a draw), "Dinamita" got the ultimate payback, knocking Manny out cold, after overcoming some tough moments during the fight.
I for one don't have a problem with Marquez taking his knockout victory against Pacquiao, and riding off into the sunset.
However, it's hard to tell where Marquez' head is right now, and he just might be setting the tone for future negotiations. Pacquiao received an $8.595 million guaranteed purse for their Dec. 8 encounter, while Marquez was guaranteed $3 million (both will make a lot more than that when the pay-per-view numbers come in), so there's a decent chance he's just trying to secure a bigger payday for their next encounter.
I'm sure Pacquiao would love to avenge his humiliating loss to Marquez, and I wouldn't be surprised if he's open to a 50/50 purse split for the opportunity to redeem himself.