Juan Manuel Marquez declines Cotto's 150 pound catchweight offer

Juan Manuel Marquez declines Cotto's 150 pound catchweight offer

By Daniel Zaldivar

June 19, 2016


Juan Manuel Marquez being introduced before his fourth encounter with Manny Pacquiao in 2012. Photo: Will Hart/HBO

Juan Manuel Marquez being introduced before his fourth encounter with Manny Pacquiao in 2012. Photo: Will Hart/HBO

A potential fight has been talked about for the last several months between Miguel Cotto and Juan Manuel Marquez.

Cotto, 35, has not been in the squared circle since losing a decision to Saul "Canelo" Alvarez back in November of last year. Marquez has been on a bigger inactivity drought as he hasn't fought in over two years, since his unanimous decision victory against Mike Alvarado in 2014. 

The fighter from Puerto Rico [Cotto] has been considering a few names and was looking to fight this month, however, a viable opponent could not be secured. Marquez (56-7-1, 40 KOs) recently spoke about the possibility of the bout on ESPN Deportes and said if he could not find a suitable agreement, then hanging up the gloves might be his best option. 

He [Cotto] was talking about a fight at 150 pounds, but that’s not a lot of weight. We are analyzing the situation and are looking for what’s best in the situation. We are going to rest this week and wait to see what comes next. If nothing, then I will probably retire.
— Juan Manuel Marquez tells ESPN Deportes

In his last bout with Alvarez, Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) fought at a recognized middleweight catchweight of 155 pounds, but has always maintained that he is not a full-fledged 160 pounder. Freddie Roach, Cotto's head trainer, also stated his openness to going back down in weight to take a bout, but as of right now, Marquez is not having any of the 150 pound talk. 

We are looking at something important. Something good. The priority was Cotto, but it cannot be at that weight. We would be giving away too much of an advantage and we are not going to give away advantages.
— Juan Manuel Marquez telling ESPN Deportes

Daniel Zaldivar is a boxing contributor for Frontproof Media & Page2sports.com. He is the founder and CEO of Z-BoxingNews (a partner with Frontproof Media), a YouTube channel that delivers the latest news, interviews, fighter workouts, & analysis within the sport. Check out the Z-BoxingNews YouTube channel HERE. Also follow on Twitter @Z_BoxingNews

(Feature photo: Isaac Brekken/Getty Images)

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