Ricky Hatton looks set to make his long-awaited return to the action in 2010 to fight Juan Manuel Marquez, according to reports.
There have been question marks over Hatton's future plans after he was brutally knocked out in two rounds by Manny Pacquiao.
Hatton, who was also stopped in 10 rounds by Floyd Mayweather Jnr, had seriously been considering hanging up his gloves and focusing on his promotional work.
However the former two-weight champion could now make his ring return against Marquez at light-welterweight at the City of Manchester Stadium.
Hatton Promotions chief executive Gareth Williams told the Daily Express: "If Ricky does carry on it would be an ideal fight for him to take on Marquez.
"He is an elite fighter, just like Ricky, who will want to challenge the best.
"It makes far more sense to fight Marquez than some of the other names that have been bandied about."
The 36-year Marquez has won 50 of his 56 bouts, including world titles at featherweight, super-featherweight and lightweight.
However his last fight saw him convincingly outclassed and knocked down in the second round by Mayweather before losing on points.