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Juan Manuel Marquez-Cesar Cuenca For Vacant WBO Title?

By Salvador Rodriguez

If all goes as expected, Juan Manuel Marquez will return to the ring on April 21 undefeated Argentinean César Cuenca (42-0, 1KO) in Morelia, Chiapas or Cancun. A source indicates the possibility of a vacant WBO junior welterweight title being at stake, although it's not exactly clear if the belt at stake will be the interim or the full title.

The current WBO champion, Timothy Bradley, will move up to the welterweight division to challenge the WBO champion at 147, Manny Pacquiao, on June 9th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Cuenca is ranked at number 1 by the WBO at 140, and Marquez is the WBO champion at 135.

"All I know is that I'm fighting on April 21, but I don't know the opponent or the opponent. But if [the opponent] is Cuenca, then I'll have to look for him on Youtube, because honestly I don't know him and I've never seen him fight," Marquez said.

"Going by his record, I believe that he'll be difficult, a good boxer and fast. If he's ranked in the first position [by the WBO], he must have done something."

Marquez expects to fight three times in 2012, including a fight in July and then another contest in the fall - which he hopes is a fourth meeting with Pacquiao.

Salvador Rodriguez covers boxing in Mexico for The Record.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by kamikaze_ero on 02-16-2012

all the greats and promising fighters are fighting credible opponents on their next fight except Marquez....Pacman vs Bradley, Floyd vs Cotto, Khan vs Lamont, Rios vs Gamboa, Alexander vs Maidana, etc......a soon to be hall of famer and even included…

Comment by kamikaze_ero on 02-16-2012

Pacman after a tough fight against Marquez will fight another credible opponent against young, hungrier, undefeated and skilled boxer in Bradley while Marquez will fight an unknown fighter....why fight Cuenca if Soto, Guerrero and even Rios are available...No need for…

Comment by ИATAS on 02-16-2012

[QUOTE=jtcs1981;11787566]This guy is nothing special. Cuenca had gift decision vs Alex de Jesus. Incredible how so many called boxing fans only know the main stream names SMH.[/QUOTE] oh yeah smart guy how many Cuenca fights have you seen? I'm betting…

Comment by jtcs1981 on 02-16-2012

This guy is nothing special. Cuenca had gift decision vs Alex de Jesus. Incredible how so many called boxing fans only know the main stream names SMH.

Comment by grape drink on 02-16-2012

[QUOTE=gnote650;11785604][B]Just like Pacduckiao when he fought Margacheato for the 154 belt for his 8th divisional title right.[/B] Just taking Pacduckiao steps no biggie. :boxing:[/QUOTE] And at a catchweight I might add.

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