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Marquez ponders one last fight after Pacquiao win

ESPN staff
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Juan Manuel Marquez has hinted he may want 'one more fight' © Getty Images
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Juan Manuel Marquez is toying with the idea of one last career fight after his resounding knockout of Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas on Saturday.

Before the fight Marquez thought it would be his swansong but after the biggest win of his career the Mexican admits that he might be tempted to keep on going, even though it goes against his wife's wishes.

One location Marquez says he would love to fight in is the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City but his enthusiasm to keep fighting was tempered by thoughts of not compromising his life after boxing.

Marquez-Pacquiao V might be worth $20 million and other fights, such as a bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr could be on the cards.

But Marquez says that if he does stick to his original plan and retire he will do so satisfied, having proved that he, not Pacquiao, is the better fighter.

"It's the hardest decision of my life," Marquez said. "Just yesterday I got home and told my wife: 'Hey, baby, one more fight,' and she said, 'no, you left off [saying] you were going to retire.'

"I said that regardless of the outcome I was going to retire, but we'll see. Everything seems to be rosy, but we'll see what happens. I would love to fight at Estadio Azteca.

"It was a very difficult fight on Saturday, six rounds of fire, dangerous, severe punches, but logically we know that all the money in the world cannot buy another life, and it cannot buy you another brain.

"I would retire as I am right now, physically and mentally well. I wanted to show who was who, I could not retire without proving who was better, and it was proven on December 8."

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