By Miguel Rivera & Ernesto Castellanos, notifight.com
According to sources in Mexico, Juan Manuel Marquez (55-6-1, 40KOs) will continue his career in 2013. Following December's sixth round knockout of Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38KOs), Marquez was under a lot of pressure, as the boxer's wife wanted him to retire. Marquez, 39-years-old, took a long vacation with his family and a final decision was made to continue.
A good source indicates that Marquez held a recent meeting with promoter Fernando Beltran of Zanfer Promotions and they agreed to a ring return in April - either on April 13 or April 20 - and the two potential opponents being mentioned are Jessie Vargas (21-0, 9KOs) and Vyacheslav Senchenko (33-1, 22KOs). Vargas, according to sources, is said to be the favorite, among those two names, to land the match. Pacquiao will also take an interim fight in April - and then both superstars would come together for a fifth battle in September.
The location and venue of the April fight is still a mystery. The fight could take place in the United States or the Mexican icon could return to Mexico City, where he defeated Sergey Fedchenko last year.