Juan Manuel Marquez turned 40 a few weeks before his October 12 loss to Timothy Bradley, but the Mexican star is going to fight on in 2014, and is looking first to return with a tune-up bout in Mexico City, according to a report by Sal Rodriguez.
Marquez (55-7-1, 40 KO) lost a competitive but to most clear decision to Bradley (31-0, 12 KO) in Las Vegas on HBO pay-per-view, but as usual believed that he was robbed by the judges. It was a good enough fight that I doubt many would have any real issue with a rematch, and it's the only "big" fight that Marquez seems interested in. Even promoter Bob Arum, who wants to put on Pacquiao-Marquez V instead of Bradley-Marquez II (or probably Pacquiao-Bradley II), says that he understands Marquez's position on that matter, noting that the fighter has saved money well over his career, made good investments, and doesn't need a Pacquiao payday, which allows Marquez to leave that story with what is for him the perfect ending.
Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO) returned in November with a win over Brandon Rios in Macao. That fight underperformed on HBO pay-per-view given its expectations, and with a lot of tax issues swirling around him, the idea that Pacquiao does need a Marquez-sized payday isn't exactly out of the question.
Marquez last fought in Mexico City in April 2012, beating Serhiy Fedchenko in a stay-busy bout that led to the fourth Pacquiao fight.