Juan Manuel Marquez set up a possible fight in Macau, China with old rival Manny Pacquiao this coming November after the Mexican overcame a scare in the ninth round to defeat Mike Alvarado convincingly on points at The Forum.
‘Dinamita’ produced a dominant display to inflict a third loss in four fights on Denver’s Alvarado, who is now set to drop back down in class following yet another loss to a world-renowned operator.
Marquez, 40, is set to be given the choice of facing Pacquiao by promoter Bob Arum on the back of his stunning knockout of the Filipino back in December 2012. The next installment is already much-talked about in the media, although may not be a straightforward as first thought as Marquez has little to gain from sharing the ring with the ‘Pacman’ for a fifth time.
The reward for the multi-weight world title holder may only be financial as Marquez is certainly on a hiding to nothing unless he produces a similar result to his one-punch shocker at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Another triumph over Pacquiao may only push for the two to fight for a sixth time as the score would then be two fights won each, and one drawn, if Marquez can prevail against his long-time nemesis for a second time in succession.
Many believe Marquez is already in front after being the victim of some dodgy points decisions in the past, but most would agree that Pacquiao deserves the opportunity for redemption from ‘the punch heard around the world’ that laid him out flat on his face the last time.
It’s now up to Arum to convince Marquez that this is the right bout to take given that the veteran wants that elusive championship at 147lbs to go with his belts at 126, 130, 135 and interim title at 140lbs.
Becoming a five-weight world title holder is in the forefront of Marquez’s mind, and given that his win over Alvarado was a final eliminator for Pacquiao’s title, it looks nailed on that the pair will once again prepare for war later in the year.
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