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Marquez to meet with promoter this week to discuss future

Juan Manuel MarquezBy Dan Ambrose: The soon to be 42-year-old Juan Manuel Marquez (56-7-1, 40 KOs) will be meeting with his promoter Fernando Beltran this week to discuss his future in boxing and the possibility of him returning to the ring.

Marquez hasn’t fought since beating former WBO light welterweight champion Mike Alvarado last year in May. Marquez reportedly is still dealing with a knee injury from that fight.

“We will be together in a day to talk about how you feel and if he tells me he’s right, then look for the possibilities there , which are numerous because Marquez is the Mexican fighter who has drawn attention in recent years , “Beltran said via .

During the meeting with Beltran, Marquez is expected to decide if he wants to continue fighting or not. He’s had a long successful career so you can’t really blame him if he decides to retire at this point.

It was never thought that he would continue fighting beyond 2012 when he knocked Manny Pacquiao out cold in their fourth and likely final fight together. Marquez decided to continue his career, and he’s since lost to Tim Bradley and beaten Alvarado.

If Marquez wants to get a big payday and end his career on a potential high note, he can always sign for a fifth fight with Pacquiao. It’s a fight that Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum, trainer Freddie Roach and Pacquiao all badly want. They want the chance to avenge the defeat if possible. However, Marquez has been reluctant to get inside the ring with Pacquiao again because he wants to savor the memory of his win over the Filipino fighter.

Marquez feels that he couldn’t top the way that he ended that fight, and he’s probably right. It would be difficult for him to score another knockout win over Pacquiao, and even if he did it would likely come at a heavy cost in terms of him having to take a lot of punishment along the way.

Marquez’s options for big fights are kind of limited. He probably can’t get Floyd Mayweather Jr to fight him again, and beyond him there’s really no other big names at 147 besides Pacquiao. Marquez is too small to face Miguel Cotto and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.

If Marquez wants a chance to fight for another world title, he can always face IBF champion Kell Brook at 147. Brooks wants the fight with Marquez, so it shouldn’t be a problem. However, it’s not a big money fight and it likely wouldn’t do much in terms of enhancing Marquez’s legacy even if he beat Brook soundly.

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