Boxing News 2016: Juan Manuel Marquez vs Miguel Cotto Happening?
As he enters the tail-end of his career, four-division world boxing champion Juan Manuel Marquez only wants top-tier competition.
In January, the 43-year-old "El Dinamita", who began his professional career in 1993, stated that he intends to have two more fights before hanging up his gloves for good. He adds, however, that it will all depend on how his body will respond to the rigorous training, considering that he had been dealing with nagging injuries since his last fight in 2014.
"Let's see if my body responds and things go in the right direction, I don't want to rush anything, but that is the idea," Marquez told ESPN Deportes. "I have to say goodbye to boxing after 30 years of being an amateur and professional."
Marquez last saw action against former WBO junior welterweight champion Mike Alvarado in May 2014, where he won via unanimous decision and bagged the WBO International welterweight title in the process. Since then, he has been bogged down by a knee injury in early 2015, which had him contemplate about retirement already.
As far as his next opponent goes, talks about a possible fight against former middleweight champion Miguel Cotto surfaced back in June. But at the time, Marquez made contract demands such as a rehydration clause, which ultimately killed negotiations, and prevented the fight from coming to fruition.
Recently, talks about the Cotto fight had resurfaced, with the weight issue once again brought forward. Speaking in another interview with ESPN Deportes, via Boxingscene, Marquez intends to have the fight at welterweight with the traditional 147-pound maximum weight limit.
"Here is the important thing, Cotto is a great fighter and it would be an interesting fight for the fans, but it is also necessary to see what the weight would be," Marquez said. "Freddie Roach had mentioned that [Cotto] was able to make the 147 limit - now why can't he give me [a limit of] 147 if wants to fight with me?"
Cotto last saw action in November 2015 against Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, where he lost by unanimous decision, and subsequently dropped his 160-pound title.
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