Promoter keeping close eye on JuanMa

February, 1, 2013
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LOS ANGELES -- After losing his perfect record and a featherweight belt and then being suspended for 11 months, Juan Manuel Lopez will return to action this Saturday against Brazil's Aldimar Silva Santos in a bout that could determine the Puerto Rican fighter's future plans within Top Rank Promotions.

"JuanMa wants a big fight [later in the year]," Ricardo Jimenez, a Top Rank spokesperson, told ESPNDeportesLosAngeles.com. "We'll see how he does against Silva Santos in a bout at 128 pounds."

Among Lopez's possible options, should he win Saturday -- a fight that has been adjusted to be competed at 130 pounds -- is a matchup with Miguel Angel "Mikey" Garcia for the featherweight belt that Lopez had held before losing it to Orlando Salido in April 2011.

"JuanMa is willing to make 126 pounds for a bout against Mikey," Jimenez said. "Another possibility for JuanMa would be fighting Wilfredo Vazquez Jr., also at 126."

Jimenez said that Garcia could return to the ring in either May or June, but that his opponent hasn't been chosen yet. But Garcia has already dismissed the notion of a rematch with Salido, who seems to be most interested in a challenge for Roman "Rocky" Martinez's junior lightweight belt.

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