It has been nearly three years since former four division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez set foot in a ring and had a match. Marquez, 43, who was plagued by a knee injury since his last encounter with Mike Alvarado that has since then threatened his career, has been thinking of making one last statement in the ring. According to ESPN, Marquez is now returning to condition sessions to prepare for one last fight next year – as long as his body can hold up during the rigorous training sessions.
For fans waiting for Marquez’s decision to be final, they will have to wait until the end of the year. According to the news and his own words, Marquez is working with Memo Heredia, and planning on training through December until making an ultimate decision about returning for one last fight. Marquez spoke up and said:
“We have been training with Memo in the gym, more on fitness than anything else, the body is responding well, but, I will not make the decision to return until my body tells me how well I feel.”
“I want to do everything I can; I don’t want to retire and then return, If the body responds well, we are going to make a comeback, I have the desire to do a retirement fight.” Said Marquez.
Marquez has been saying he feels good but hasn’t commented on his knee problems at all. Only time will tell if Marquez’s knee has improved or not. Everybody will be waiting anxiously on the edge of their seats to hear if the retirement match has the green light by Marquez or not.
With all of the excitement about a possible return to the boxing ring, fans alike are speculating who Marquez will face upon his return. There have only been speculations; nothing has been officially signed or planned yet. I’ve heard that some discussions were being made with Miguel Cotto for a fight in recent months, but the two couldn’t come to terms mutually about an agreeable weight, so it fell apart. Some boxing fans are a bit relieved about this because fans were worried that Cotto would be too rough for Marquez to face and they were afraid he’d get hurt during the match.
There have also been speculations of a Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Manny Pacquiao fight, but it has yet to be confirmed. It seems to be a good fit since this will be a retirement match and it could be settling a score between Marquez and the Pacman. Again, nothing has officially been confirmed and may never get confirmed. There isn’t much more information about who Marquez may face since Marquez isn’t sure about a retirement match yet.
Other than those two speculations, a lot of the information on who Marquez will be going against – and if Marquez will be able to go against anyone – has been hush-hush. I’m assuming it is because Marquez himself yes yet to officially give the green light on his health and officially confirm the retirement match and the right person has to be selected. Fans would be sorely disappointed if Marquez made a retirement match against someone who couldn’t be held up to his standards.
Soon is sure to come about who he may be facing withing the following two months leading up to the condition of Marquez’s knee injury. Until then, fans can speculate and hope Marquez gets into fighting conditions to have a retirement match in 2017.
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