In this brief interview with Juan Manuel Lopez, translated by Jose Guzman, he gets right to the point on his future.
Karceno: We know you're last fight was kind of a tune up fight for you, was there some ring rust on your part or did you feel like the Juanma of old?
Juanma: "Yeah, there was a little bit of things, I could have done a lot earlier, but I needed the work and it felt great to back in the ring, I felt good."
Karceno: I know you have been watching the sport from afar and what do you think about some of the opponents you were suppose to fight?
Juanma: "I felt that there have been great fights, It was hard waiting to get back, I was depressed and thought about just retiring but I want to show the world that I can still do this, and I will be ready to fight all the best fighters they have."
Karceno: How did you feel about Nonito Donaire getting fighter of the year and do you have any plans on fighting him?
Juanma: "That was great for him, He is a great fighter but he will have his hands full with Rigondeaux, but I think he will be victorious and I want to fight him. We can fight at 128, I really want that fight."
Karceno: Don't you feel you need another tune-up fight or you are ready now for a fight like Donaire?
Juanma: "I'm ready now for whoever, we tried to fight Mickey Garcia as my first fight back but we couldn't make the fight happen, he wanted the fight to be at 126 and I cannot make 126, and fight comfortable. I want to fight all the big fights. The people will want to see Gamboa and Juanma one day."
Karceno: What about Salido vs Lopez 3?
Juanma: "I don't know, because if you look at how Salido looked against Garcia, I think our fights took a lot out of him. He really didn't look the same."
Karceno: Now there were rumors of health concerns after the fight, you care to clarify that?
Juanma: "I am fine no health issues, if i was not healthy the doctors would not let me fight. I am 100% helathy, I was just depressed over not being able to fight, because fighting is my life, it's what I have done my whole life. I did not want my career to end that way."