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Juan Manuel Marquez looking for one last fight in 2017

Marquez, who has been plagued by a knee injury, is hoping for his swan song next year.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Juan Manuel Marquez, 43, hasn't fought in over two years. In his last outing he put a pretty good beating on Mike Alvarado en route to a unanimous decision win, but since then he's been troubled by serious knee issues which have threatened his career.

But ESPN is reporting that Marquez has now returned to conditioning sessions as he prepares for one last outing next year -- so long as his body can hold up to the rigors of training. Working with Memo Heredia, Marquez is planning on training through December before ultimately deciding if he'll go through with one more fight.

"We have been training with Memo in the gym, more on fitness than anything else, the body is responding well, but I will not make the decision to return until my body tells me how well I feel," Marquez said.

"I want to do everything I can [to get ready]. I don't want to retire and then return. If the body responds well, we are going to make a comeback, I have the desire to do a retirement fight," he said.

Marquez had been in discussions with Miguel Cotto for a fight in recent months, but that sort of fell by the wayside after the two couldn't come to terms on a mutually agreeable weight. Aside from that, there's no word on who a potential opponent might be.

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