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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