FUTURE HALL OF FAMERS TIM BRADLEY & JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZ RETIRE FROM BOXING
Los Angeles, CA (August 6th, 2017)– Future Hall of Famers, Tim Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez have decided to retire. Bradley, 33 (33-2, 13 KOs) finished his career as a 5 time world champion and was known for his warrior do or die spirit in the ring. Bradley was never stopped in his stellar 12 year career and his most notable wins were over Manny Pacquiao, Brandon Rios, Juan Manuel Marquez, Ruslan Provodnikov, Devon Alexander, Lamont Peterson and many other great fighters. Here is what Bradley had to say below from the statement on his Instagram account.
Juan Manuel Marquez, 43, (57-7-1, 40 KOs) has also decided to retire before turning 44 after 3 years out of the ring. Juan Manuel Marquez is considered on the greatest Mexican fighters to ever lace up the gloves. Marquez is considered one of the best counter-punchers of all time. Marquez shocked the world in 2012 after defeating the one of the most dominant fighters in our era, Manny Pacquiao, with a devastating knockout that ended their 4 fight rivalry. Marquez’s most notable wins are Manny Paquiao, Juan Diaz, Marco Antonio Barrera, Mike Alvarado, Orlando Salido, Michael Katsidis, Joel Casamayor and many others in his 24 year career that started in 1993. Marquez was never stopped in entire career. Check out what Marquez had to say in the ESPN video below.
I hope to continue to allow boxing in my world through teaching, commentating and being a fan of a sport I love so dearly.
And to you, the diehard fans, man, it’s been one heck of a ride. The bumps, the bruises, the peaks, the valleys, the days I didn’t want to get out of bed and the nights I couldn’t sleep….So many occasions where my heart, mind and soul were tested but with every challenge there was hope and there was all of you…giving me the courage to fight another day and do what I loved to do. I can never find the words to convey how much I appreciate all of you and how truly humbled I am by the unconditional support the past 23 years, Thank you. Thank you for cheering me on when I didn’t deserve it, loving me most when I needed it and for being my heartbeat to keep going day after day. I am the man I am today because of you all.
JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZ
“Making this decision was difficult and hard for me, but somehow positive. We made it 15 days ago. I injured my biceps (left), I was training and I felt pretty good, I continued training with only the right hand. After a month, I started to train, sparring and then I suffered an illness.. cold, cough and I can not be cutting the workouts. That is why this decision is made. I am a fighter and I am a person and I am competitive and I like to be at my best and prepare myself at my very best – because physical integrity is the important thing, and this decision was then made,” Marquez said to ESPN Deportes.
“The fans have been very important to me, we have to thank them for all of the support they have given me and I have to say that it hurts me to end this, but everything has a beginning and an end, and you have to accept it, good or bad, with pain in my soul and in my heart… you have to listen when the body begins to grumble and things like illnesses and injuries happen. You have to know when to listen and it is the precise moment to say goodbye.”