Top Rank boss Bob Arum has revealed to World Boxing News that he is currently making moves to pit former world champions Juan Manuel Marquez and Mike Alvarado against each other on May 17.
Both fighters are looking for return on the back of losses to Timothy Bradley and Ruslan Provodnikov respectively, and with the likes of Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley now out of the picture, Arum sees an exciting fight to be made between the two.
Arum confirmed the initial date in mind when contacted by WBN on Wednesday and stated that he is ‘working on it’ when asked if he hoped to agree terms with both fighters for the big spring clash.
Marquez, 40, has decided to prolong his career despite suffering a seventh career defeat to Bradley last October – as talks over a possible fight with ex-Alvarado foe Provodnikov failed to produce a result.
For 33 year-old Alvarado, an encounter with the Mexican legend would mean yet another high-profile match-up for the tough Denver-native, who surrendered his world title to Provodkinov in ten rounds last year.
On paper, the fight has all the makings of a classic toe-to-toe battle, with the winner undoubtedly in the frame to meet the winner of Pacquiao v Bradley 2 – which takes place a month prior on April 12.
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