Juan Manuel Marquez will fight on in 2015
Juan Manuel Marquez, who turned 41 in August, could return to action within the first four months of 2015, the four-division titlewinner Mexican-based promoter Fernando Beltran told RingTV.com on Saturday.
Marquez (56-7-1, 40 knockouts) was last in action for a unanimous decision victory over former junior welterweight titleholder Mike Alvarado in May, a contracted 144-pound bout during which Marquez floored Alvarado in the eighth round before having to rise from the canvas, himself, in the ninth.
In victory over Alvarado, Marquez improved to 13-0 with nine knockouts at The Forum in Inglewood, California, and became the mandatory challenger to WBO 147-pound beltholder Manny Pacquiao.
Although Marquez has stated that his ultimate goal is a showdown with Pacquiao, against whom Marquez is 1-2-1, Marquez is also intrigued by a potential fight against newly-crowned IBF beltholder Kell Brook of England, according to Beltran.
A win over Pacquiao would make Marquez the first Mexican fighter to earn a fifth belt in as many weight divisions.
Asked about the potential for Pacquiao-Marquez V, Beltran said, “I don’t know,” adding, “That would be up to Juan Manuel.”
“Obviously, that’s his decision, but he would like to come back sometime early next year. There are a lot of fighters out there for him,” said Beltran.
“But he would like to fight the IBF champion, Kell Brook. Or another good fight for him would be the rematch with Timothy Bradley. We think that would be a good fight.”
Pacquiao is coming off a unanimous decision over Tim Bradley in April to regain the WBO welterweight belt he lost to Bradley by disputed split-decision in June 2012. Pacquiao will defend his title against rising WBO 140-pound beltholder Chris Algieri on Nov. 22 in Macau, China.
Prior to facing Alvarado, Marquez lost a split-decision to Bradley in October 2013, a matchup that had followed Marquez’s sixth-round stoppage win over Pacquiao in December 2012.