Juan Manuel Marquez looks close to making his return
It is has been three years now since fans have seen Juan Manuel Marquez (56-7-1, 40 KOs) inside a boxing ring. The Mexican legend was last seen in May 2014 against Mike Alvarado (36-4, 24 KOs) where he won a wide unanimous decision victory. Since that time Marquez has been unable to secure a date or opponent for a return due to ailing knee injuries and the inability to make any deals with potential opponents.
It has been reported to ESPN Deportes that Marquez will make his return on the 22nd or 29th of July in Mexico. The fight will potentially be contested at the Zocalo of Mexico City or Arena Mexico City. Marquez for the last few years has spoken about having a farewell bout in his native Mexico. This could be the opportunity he has been looking for to leave the sport on his terms. At this point, Marquez has only been interested in doing things his way.
A fight with Puerto Rican four-division champion Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) was being negotiated, but the two men could not agree on a weight suitable for both men. Marquez wanted the fight at 147-pounds, a weight Cotto has not fought at since 2009. It was recently reported that Cotto and his promoter Roc Nation Sports have parted ways leaving a chance for this fight to take place later this year.
The other fight that has constantly been mentioned for almost five years now is the fifth match with longtime rival Manny Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 KOs). Marquez for his part has repeatedly stated that he has no interest in a fifth fight with Pacquiao. The four fights the two men produced will have helped both men get into the hall-of-fame when their time comes.
An opponent has not yet been made official for Marquez’s return. Whomever, he chooses may be inconsequential at this point if the plan is to retire afterward. For fans hoping to see Marquez in the ring one more time, they will get their chance this summer
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