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"I'm not going to continue boxing. I am retiring. I have thought about it and discussed it with my family, so it's serious."
Ricardo 'El Matador' Mayorga reportedly made this statement to Edgard Tijerino, reporter for La Prensa, El Diario de los Nicaraguenses, in front of Mario Arce, Luis León, brother Jaime and attorney Tony González. The reported conversation took place in New York City, shortly after Mayorga was released from Bellevue Hospital.
"They all know since early on, but I am just now making it public. I simply don't want to continue, and I don't need to continue. I have enough resources, I'm going to get involved in some businesses, and I left a good impression in my last fight. They are going to remember me as somebody brave, that never asked for a truce and who knew how to fight in every instance."
When reminded that he is too young to make such a drastic decision, Mayorga replied, "This is the time to do it. I feel that God is advising me to do it, and He is my great friend.