Former Pacquiao rivals Timothy Bradley, Juan Manuel Marquez retire from boxing
Two former world champions hang their gloves up. (AP Photos)
The world of boxing saw two former world champions hang their gloves up over the weekend, as Timothy "Desert Storm" Bradley and Juan Manuel 'Dinamita' Marquez both announced their retirement from the sport.
Both Bradley and Marquez shared the ring with Filipino boxing legend and eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao more than once. Bradley and Marquez also crossed paths back in 2013.
There always comes a point in life where we have to make choices that no matter how much we know the right option, it still leaves us filled with mixed emotions. I have spent the past couple days trying to find the right words to describe this point in my life and no matter how long I sit and reflect, I still don't know if these words can do my thoughts justice, but I'm going to do my best to open up my heart and share with all of you during this pivotal time. It is no secret that a life of any professional athlete is not an easy one- yes it comes with a lot of fame and fortune but also comes with fear and fatigue. A balance that has to be achieved by ambition and maintained through perspective. For over twenty three years, Boxing gave me purpose and it defined me. Dedicated to my craft and fueled by my passion for the sport, my love for my team and my admiration for all of you who supported me day in and day out-- I was able to give 100% of myself to be the best and to always get up when I was knocked down. It was the biggest challenge in my life but I embraced the sacrifice with every victory and milestone reached. Boxing gave me roots, it kept me off the streets, it gave me confidence, it taught me how to be a man and face every challenge head on and take the good with the bad. Yes I missed holidays, birthdays, even missed hearing some of my children's first words but more than time, it took my blood, sweat and tears, all things I can never get back. Which is why turning the page for me is bittersweet. That once in a lifetime purpose to wake up everyday and give 100% is now fueled towards something else- my family. I find my strength in them, my peace and most importantly, unconditional love. I wake up wanting to spend all my time being a father, being a husband and being free. Although that square circle I lived to dance in everyday gave me so many smiles and blessings, it could never out weigh the smiles and blessings I receive from my wife and children. It's now my turn to support them and encourage them to live their dreams and I couldn't be more excited for this next chapter.
Bradley made the announcement through social media, saying that while boxing has given him so much, he felt that it was time for him to give his time to his family.
The 33-year old former WBC light welterweight champion and former WBO welterweight champion finishes his career with a 33-2 professional record with thirteen wins coming via knockout.
Bradley faced Pacquiao three times in his career, winning the first one while losing the next two times. His last bout was against Pacquiao, oddly enough in the Pinoy's 'retirement' bout back in 2016.
Before Bradley's announcement, Marquez also made his retirement public, announcing on Mexican television that his injuries were the reason for the end of his career.
The 43-year old native of Iztacalco, Mexico City, ends with a 56-7-1 professional record with 40 victories coming by way of knockout.
Marquez was also a two-division world champion, capturing world championsip gold at featherweight and lightweight. His last professional fight was against Mike Alvarado back in 2014.