Marquez eyes ring return late this year
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 24, 2015 06:34 PM
"I still have the fire. I want that fifth championship." - Juan Manuel Marquez. (Eric Jamison/Associated Press)
Provided that his kneecap holds up, Mexican boxing legend Juan Manuel "Dinamita" Marquez looks to return in the ring late this year.
And he has his eyes set on two rivals, Timothy Bradley and long-time nemesis Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao.
Marquez, who beat Mike Alvarado at the Los Angeles Forum last May, has been nursing a right knee injury and is going through rehabilitation. Luckily for the 41-year-old fighter, doctors told him it doesn't require surgery.
"It's a questuion of rehabilitation carefully and constantly following the program of exercises so the knee responds properly. I'm setting myself a time of one and a half to two months, but I'm confident that I'll be able to tell how I'm progressing as I do more and more sparring," Marquez said per Phil Jay of Worldboxingnews.net
A four-division world champion, Marquez is looking at possible rematches with Bradley and Pacquiao for his return, assuming that he stays healthy for good after a warm-up fight.
A fifth Pacquiao-Marquez fight seems farfetched for now particularly because the Filipino ring icon is injured as well and is recovering from a torn right rotator cuff.
Meanwhile, Bradley, who beat Marquez in 2013, is set to fight undefeated Jessie Vargas this weekend for the WBO interim welterweight championship.
"So firstly I need to recover, second find a rival and then war," Marquez said. "I still have the hunger, I still possess the ambition and I still have the fire. I want that fifth championship."