By Miguel Rivera
Former four division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez, 43-years-old and holds a record of 56-7-1 and 40 knockouts, is NOT planning to retire.
In past interviews, Marquez stated that he planned to retire from sport if he was unable to secure a retirement fight by the end of the year. Marquez now has other ideas - and they don't include retirement.
Marquez will make a serious return to training camp in January and wants to fight again in April or May - which is three years after his most recent outing in the ring. Marquez has been inactive since winning a twelve round decision over Mike Alvarado in May of 2014.
A few months ago there was talk of a possible fight between Marquez and another four division world champion Miguel Angel Cotto, but there were problems with two fighters reaching an agreement on the weight. Marquez wanted 147-pounds and Cotto wanted something closer to 154.
Cotto is now heading to a return on February 25th, potentially against James Kirkland.
Marquez's inactivity has been mostly due to the boxer's physical ailments with his knee.
"It is time for a strong return. It could be in May, but nothing is certain," Marquez told ESPN Deportes. "The important thing is to be well. The knee is doing much better, the preparation is much better."
"We have to see what happens. If there is a big fight, both for me and for the fans, it would have to be a fighter that people are interested in viewing. [My return] would be in April or May. I'll start training, well, I'm already training, but in January I will begin a full camp."
"I want something good, a fight that we all would enjoy. If not, we will look at the possibility of a fight just to acknowledge the support (of the fans). We need to see what's on the table, to see if there is even the chance to fight in the United States. If it is in Mexico, I would be interested in a fight there, (but) we have to see how the deck moves."