Source: Juan Manuel Marquez To Face New Foe on 4/14

By Salvador Rodriguez

According to a source with knowledge of the situation, Argentine boxer Cesar Rene Cuenca (42-0, 1KO) is likely not going to be the April 14th opponent for Juan Manuel Marquez (53-6-1, 39KOs). Marquez's next fight is scheduled to take place at a new venue in Mexico City, for the inertim-WBO junior welterweight title.

According to the source, negotiations are ongoing with an opponent of "European origin," but the name was not disclosed because the contracts have not been finalized. The agreement would have to come soon because an official press conference to announce the event is scheduled for Wednesday or Thursday of next week.

"What is confirmed right now, is that Cuenca is likely not going to be the opponent for Juan Manuel. We are still negotiating with the new opponent, but we prefer to announce [the name] once the deal is closed.

Marquez's coach Nacho Beristain had heard that there might be changes, but he wasn't told anything official.

"We heard that there might be changes, but those decisions are up to the promoters," he said. "What matters here is that Juan Manuel is being prepared well."

Salvador Rodriguez covers boxing in Mexico For The Record.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by UglyPug on 03-16-2012

[QUOTE=UglyPug;11891018]But listen to the only context clue we have. . . Fighter is of EUROPEAN ORIGIN. . . I doubt it's Provodnikov - that'd be a hella risky fight for a stay busy type fight. . . But who knows,…

Comment by DC Fight Fan on 03-15-2012

I have heard rumblings of Karim Mayfield in this fight. He is the WBO #9 and current NABO Champ. Would be interesting to see an up and comer get a shot.

Comment by DeadLikeMe on 03-15-2012

Someone should tell Toyman that Manny beat down marquez so badly that he is back in the ring months before Manny's cut healed :rofl:

Comment by UmissUpay on 03-15-2012

[QUOTE=gnote650;11892294]DUDE get off Marquez nutz u homo [B]Marquez is one of the best Mexican fighter on the planet a living legend[/B]. He never ducked no one Pac on the other hand has be spoon fed bums for the past couple…

Comment by marty1110 on 03-15-2012

The JMM team must have heard and read all the laughter when they announced JMM was fighting Cuenca next. Now four weeks before the showdown on April 14 they are going to pick JMM's next he's ready or not.…

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