Juan Manuel Marquez Tune-up Fight Confirmed? Comeback Set for Late July 2017

By Joe Bacaron, Posted: 05/15/17 02:16AM EDT

The comeback date for Juan Manuel Marquez has been tentatively set for either July 22 or 29 in Mexico City. However, at this point, there's no confirmed opponent yet for the 43-year-old boxer.

The date has reportedly been reserved by the Professional Boxing Commission of Mexico, the report said. The venue for the fight could either be in Mexico City Arena (with a seating capacity of over 22,000) or the Zócalo, also named the Plaza de la Constitución, which is the historic main square of the country.

While Marquez's return has no opponent yet, the undercard would possibly be between Juan Francisco Estrada (35-2, 25 KOs) and Carlos Cuadras (36-1, 27 KOs) for the WBC superflyweight elimination. "Dinamita" is coming off a long layoff since the last time he fought was a unanimous win over Mike Alvarado in 2014 in California.

Marquez has been hinting of his comeback for some time now, and he wants one or two relevant fights before finally hanging the gloves. He has set his eyes for a fight against Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto, the former WBC middleweight champion. However, the one thing that won't likely happen is a fifth encounter against long-time rival Manny Pacquiao, reports said.

But the veteran boxer set two conditions for the fight to happen. First, is if Cotto will go down to 147 pounds; and second is if the venue will not be held in New York City. The Puerto Rican was supposed to fight James Kirkland last Feb. 26 but the latter withdrew due to an injury.

"For me it would be like going to Cotto's house and the best place to have that fight would be in a neutral place," he said. "We do not want to disappoint anyone. If I lose or win (with Cotto), it would be against a great fighter... it would be a good, competitive and close fight."

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