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Marquez scores decisive win over Alvarado

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Though Juan Manuel Marquez came into Saturday night’s clash against Mike Alvarado at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. as the heavy favorite, many expected Alvarado to make it an interesting fight, and that he did.

In front of a raucous crowd at the renovated Forum, Marquez (56-7-1, 40 KOs) fought well, looking quick and sharp, as he found plenty of counter-punching opportunities against Alvarado (34-3, 23 KOs), who spent too many rounds trying to figure out the Mexican legend.

Marquez_Alvarado_140517_006aMarquez found a home for his counter rights, which landed frequently over the first half of the fight, but he also managed to invest in a body attack, as he consistently threw left hooks downstairs.

The sixth round, was perhaps one of the more exciting rounds of the fight, as the two fighters traded head punches near the end of the round, though Marquez was still countering well.

In the eight, Marquez connected with a well-placed right hand to the chin of Alvarado that sent him sprawling to the canvas and under the ropes.  To his credit, Alvarado made it up and came out swinging in the ninth round, when a perfectly timed right hand landed on Marquez’ cheek, that put him on the canvas as well.  Marquez quickly got up but it was clear that this wouldn’t be an easy final few rounds.

marquez-alvarado-bygerman18The two continued trading combinations, but Alvarado began to bleed from under his left eye as a cut opened up and grew over time.  Alvarado however, had one last hurrah in the 11th round, as he countered with his own right hand and nearly put Marquez on the seat of his pants again.  However, Marquez somehow managed to stay up despite his legs buckling underneath him, kept his gloves off the canvas.  In the 12th though, Marquez again fought well and the exchanged combinations to the the fight.

The judges’ scorecards were a formality as Marquez came away with the win with scores of 117-111, 117-111 and 119-109.

With the win, Marquez now becomes the mandatory challenger for Manny Pacquiao, who regained his welterweight title in his rematch with Timothy Bradley.  Whether or not Pacquiao-Marquez V becomes a reality is really up to Marquez, who is in no hurry to decide what’s next.

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