Former four-division champion Juan Manuel Marquez has no plans to retire just yet. Marquez holds a record of 56-7-1 and 40 knockouts. The 43-year old fighter still has enough strength in him.

In recent interviews, Marquez had said that he would retire from the sport if he could not schedule a retirement fight before the year runs out. However, it has become apparent that Marquez now has other ideas as retirement is not in his agenda for now. Marquez who has been away from the ring for quite a while has plans to fight again in the upcoming year in either April or May, in preparation for that, the former champion has decided to make a return to training camp in the early period of 2017.

He will need a lot of training, as it has been three years since his most recent outing in the ring. His last fight was in May 2014 against mike Alvarado where he won after the 12th round by decision and he has been inactive ever since.

This will not be the first talk of the fighter returning to the game, as there were talks of him entering into a fight with another world champion Angel Cotto. However, the two fighters were unable to reach an agreement on the terms of the showdown. Marquez wanted the weight class to be set at 147 pounds while Cotto insisted on 154.

The main reason for Marquez inactivity was due to his knee Injury. Addressing his decision, he said:

β€œIt is time for a strong return. It could be in May, but nothing is certain. The important thing is to be well. The knee is doing much better, the preparation is much better.”

β€œWe have to see what happens. If there is a big fight, both for me and for the fans, it would have to be a fight that people are interested in viewing.”


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