The 33-year-old said before this fight against Brian Rose that if he failed to win at London’s 02 Arena, he would walk away from the sport after 41 fights.
But the Tipperary man did just enough to claim a victory against Rose, the younger, fresher man at 31, to claim a majority decision and keep a light beneath his boxing career.
Macklin, however, says the nature of victory might still mean enough is enough for him. When asked whether he would fight again, he said: “I don’t know I’ll have to think about it.
“I didn’t win as convincingly as I was hoping to so I need to think about it.”
One ringside judge saw the fight a draw while the other two gave Macklin the nod after these untidy and often attritional 12 rounds.
Macklin was warned early on by Steve Gray for the use of the head and the referee would, over the course of the fight, deduct a point from each fighter.
It was certainly not the sort of fight which would have worried any of the current middleweight belt holders.
But Macklin, who has faced both Gennady Golovkin and Felix Sturm in world title fights already, will only continue if there is an obvious route to another attempt at a major belt.
“I want to fight for a world title at a big stadium, thats the sort of fights I want to be in,” said Macklin, who is hoping to secure a shot at WBA champion Danny Jacobs.
“I’d rather look after myself than take a stupid fight just for the sake of it.
“I’ll just sit tight and see if the right fight comes along. I’ll be patient about it and have a think. I’ll have to sit down and see if I keep fighting.”