Juan Manuel Lopez Targets November Return at 130

By Ryan Burton

MGM Grand, Las Vegas - Former two-division champion Juan "JuanMa" Lopez is in town for this weekend's pay-per-view showdown between WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley.

The Boricua fighter last appeared in the ring in March when he was stopped by Orlando Salido in their highly anticipated rematch. Lopez was subsequently suspended by the Puerto Rican Boxing Commission for a year for derogatory comments he made against referee Roberto Ramirez Sr. Lopez hopes to get the suspension reduced to 6 months and return in November.

"I hope that I can come back in November. That is what we are working on and hopefully it will happen," Lopez told BoxingScene.

Lopez has had some trouble making the 126 pound featherweight limit in some of his recent fights. JuanMa however refused to rule out a return to the featherweight division.

"My team and I are going to talk that over soon. It would be a lot easier to make weight at 130 but if the right fight presents itself then I definitely have to look at going back down to 126," said JuanMa.

Our conversation finished with Lopez saying that he wants to let the fans know that he hasn't gone anywhere and that he will return as soon as he can. 

"I want to let the fans know that I will be back soon and hopefully it will be in November.  I also want to thank them for their support,"JuanMa said.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by kiaba360 on 06-11-2012

[QUOTE=Southpawology;12234464]cant wait to see juanma back in the ring...he should link up with cottos new trainer pedro diaz, thoughts on that??[/QUOTE] That could be the kind of move that'll turn Lopez's career around. Diaz doesn't look like the type to…

Comment by Southpawology on 06-11-2012

cant wait to see juanma back in the ring...he should link up with cottos new trainer pedro diaz, thoughts on that??

Comment by 4Corners on 06-11-2012

He can fight Salgado. But he may end up getting matched up with Diego Magdaleno, Top Rank's up and coming Super Featherweight.

Comment by Mr Randy Watson on 06-11-2012

[QUOTE=Dsanchez;12231818]i don't get it sometimes, boxers get ko'd all the time but when an "elite" or "top" boxer loses then everyone start calling for retirement?!?![/QUOTE] i agree.. dude is in his 20's... It's not like hes a mosley, who takes…

Comment by albertvelez on 06-11-2012

he needs to hit the road, and stop boxing in puerto rico, he got to comfortable...

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