By "Mr. Boxing" Giancarlo Oquendo
During the recent episode of "Boxeo Estelar Radio" former two-division world champion Juan Manuel Lopez discussed his boxing future, and possible fights with Mikey Garcia and Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. Lopez clarified rumors about the possible fight with Garcia this summer.
"If there have been negotiations for a fight against Mikey Garcia, there haven't been with me - but with my team, my manager and our promoters. But also these [talks] have not only been about Mikey but also about Nonito Donaire if he beats Guillermo Rigondeaux, and also the winner of Rocky Martinez and Diego Magdaleno. We are going to fight in Mexico on April 20 where Cristian Mijares will headline. I would be in the co-main event, that's what we're working on," said Lopez.
"Rocky would be my last option, he is my good friend and I do not want to face him."
Juanma also expressed on the much anticipated fight with fellow Puerto Rican rival Wilfredo Vazquez Jr.
"Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. was an option for January in New York then February. The stalemate was not over an economic agreement. We wanted the fight at 128 or 127 pounds at most, but he not want to fight and said he was 122-pounder. I'm not a 126-pounder anymore, but I'll see if I can make 126 to fight Mikey or Donaire. Vazquez is really a great fighter. I have nothing against him. I wish him success but he is not in my plans. A fight against Vazquez would be a very good fight for Puerto Rico but I need fights to help me highlight my career, international fights," Juanma said.
"Vazquez is a great fighter but I repeat he is not in the big leagues. He went to the big leagues and could never pass that stage - he lost against Arce and Donaire. I beat Rafael Marquez, Bernabe Concepcion, Daniel Ponce De Leon and I've earned where I am. I have no problem with the fight but it is a matter of reaching agreements and he didn't want to balance the weight. I do not need Vázquez, I have four big names (Magdaleno, Rocky, Mikey and Donaire ) and Vazquez means nothing."
"Mr. Boxing" Giancarlo Oquendo is TV boxing analyst for the PRSN Network and the "Boxeo Estelar Radio" podcast. Follow him on Twitter @mrboxingtab