Juan Manuel Marquez To Fight On, April Return in Play

By Miguel Rivera & Ernesto Castellanos,

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.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ddangerous on 01-14-2013

[QUOTE=-Kev-;12916898]They are as good as it can get for a tune up. They're also legit 140-147 pounders while i'm not convinced Marquez is even a full fledged JWW. I still see him as a LW. His two wins over Pacquiao…

Comment by lilducer22 on 01-14-2013

oh no! i hope its not true, hopefully its not, if pac wins and its faster than the pac knockout then [email protected] come back alive! i hope and im sure that doesnt happen but if and thats a big if…

Comment by Japanese Boxing on 01-14-2013

................................... JMM.... Retire. You can't beat this ending.

Comment by Muscles72 on 01-14-2013

[QUOTE=lefthook2daliva;12916414]I'd like to see Marquez fight Bradley or one of the other young guns, but if he wants to face a lesser foe this time out, I can't fault him. Not like he makes a habit out of it...[/QUOTE] No…

Comment by BIGLEX on 01-14-2013

JMM should have retired, there's no point in a fifth match when both fighters are past their primes. Why do fighters need to get KTFO or beaten to a pulp in order for them to realize its time to hang…

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