A fuming Juan Manuel Marquez says he is contemplating retirement after claiming he was "robbed" in a majority decision defeat by Manny Pacquiao in their WBO welterweight title fight in Las Vegas on Saturday.
Holder and heavy favourite Pacquiao retained his title after earning the verdict from two of the three judges while the third ruled that the bout had ended level at 114-114. Marquez firmly believed he had done enough to win, a feeling echoed by the strong Mexican contingent in the sell-out crowd of 16,368 at the MGM Grand who booed their frustration after the decision was announced.
"For me, the best judge is the audience and they responded sensationally tonight," Marquez said after losing to Pacquiao for a second time in three meetings. They drew their first encounter. "I would like to thank all the people that came to the arena. This time we not only beat him in the ring but also in the audience."
What especially stung for Marquez was that he felt robbed of victory for the third straight time against Pacquiao. "I think I won this fight again," the 38-year-old Mexican said. "What do I need to do before the judges give me the fight?.
"What I need to do is sit down with my family and my camp and make a decision about continuing in this sport or just simply retire from the sport. It will be difficult. I have to decide, I have to see what happens. Maybe I will retire, maybe I won't."
Meanwhile, promoter Mick Hennessy insists Tyson Fury remains on course to dethrone the Klitschko brothers after the heavyweight's dramatic Manchester homecoming.
Fury made a successful first defence of his Commonwealth title against Neven Pajkic, but only after the 34-year-old Canadian threatened to surprise. Pajkic made a mockery of his reputation as a light puncher by dumping Fury to the canvas with a brutal overhand right in the second round. But the British champion responded to the first knockdown of his unblemished 17-fight career in devastating fashion, flooring Pajkic twice before forcing a conclusion 17 second from the end of the round.
"He's [Fury] just got to stop getting drawn into a gunfight and start being smart," Hennessy said. "Once he does that he's the best heavyweight on the planet."