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Prizefight Preview: Marquez vs. Alvarado

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Ding! Ding! Ding!

Welcome to the 3MR Prizefight Preview!

On tap we have four-division titlist Juan Manuel Marquez squaring off against contender Mike Alvarado from the newly refurbished Forum in Inglewood, California.

The two will re-christen the former Southern California hot-bed of fights with serious implications as the winner is mandated to face WBO champion Manny Pacquiao.

Let’s do this!

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EXPERIENCE

Marquez_privateworkout_140514_003aThis is by far the most important key, and highest quality, for Marquez.

At the age of 40 with 41 only three months away, that time-served in the boxing game (63 professional contests, 474 rounds boxed) has given Marquez all the experience needed at the championship level, and his Hall of Fame career has seen come-from-behind victories, toe-to-toe wars and blistering knockouts spread out all through his HOF career, so it’s no doubt the edge leans to Marquez in this category. (Alvarado has 36 professional contests with 192 rounds boxed).

MARQUEZ

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SPEED

The fresher and younger legs of ‘Mile High’ Mike will be more adept at circling around the ring come fight night, as Alvarado has youth on his side. Also, it could be said that Alvarado will have the quicker hands of the pair, and overall it will be Alvarado, win or lose, who will be pacing around the ring easier than his HOF foe.

ALVARADO

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POWER

Alvarado_mediaday_140514_002aThis category, on paper, can go either way as Marquez boasts a near identical KO ratio at 63.49% and Alvarado clocks in with a 63.89% KO ratio.

With the criticism Marquez has received since adding strength and conditioning trainer Memo Heredia to his camp, this is a bit of a hot-button issue.

However, Marquez hasn’t scored a KO since his epic 2012 knockout of Manny Pacquiao, and Alvarado has not registered a stoppage win since 2011, a TKO over Breidis Prescott. There is a belief that we are looking at a late rounds fight so the power component could be issued moot if a chess match ensues.

It’s tough to pick a leading candidate in this category.

EVEN

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INTANGIBLES

This is a fun category and we can look to both fighters last KO wins, as Alvarado came on late to stop Prescott, and Marquez was sent to the canvas early prior to his KO over Pacquiao.

Both fighters have shown that they have the grit to come from behind, but it’s simply been Marquez who has seen it all and done it all in the boxing game.

Advantage Marquez.

MARQUEZ

So there we have it, 3MR readers. The end-result points to Marquez tomorrow night, but the only way to know what happens is to tune in to HBO.

Let’s get ready to rumble!!!!

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