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Marquez-Alvarado primed for inaugural Forum brawl

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

When Juan Manuel Marquez and Mike Alvarado tangle on May 17 in Inglewood, Calif., they will be kicking off boxing’s return to the legendary Forum, which was a staple of Southern California boxing before it became too run down. Fortunately after being purchased by the Madison Square Garden Company and subsequently renovated, the arena is ready for boxing once again.

On Wednesday afternoon, Marquez and Alvarado stepped foot into the Forum to officially announce their welterweight clash, which also serves as a title eliminator, as the winner will get a crack at the winner of the upcoming title rematch between Timothy Bradley and Manny Pacquiao.

Marquez_Alvarado PC_140326_004aThe opportunity to go back and fight at the Forum where I developed as a professional fighter was too great to pass up,” said Márquez.  “The Forum is very special to me. I expect a tough fight against Mike Alvarado and one that the fans will truly enjoy.  Alvarado is a big tough fighter who gives it his all in ring.”

Marquez (55-7-1, 40 KOs) is coming off a decision loss to Timothy Bradley and knows a win over Alvarado will help eliminate some of the disappointment from that defeat.

“Márquez vs. Alvarado should be a battle from bell to bell. Both really need this fight and that will make for an exciting encounter,” said promoter Bob Arum.

For his part, Alvarado (34-2, 23 KOs) has been out of action since his 10th round TKO loss to Ruslan Provodnikov last October.

Marquez_Alvarado PC_140326_005a“When Top Rank called and offered a fight with Márquez I started jumping around — I was so excited because I have the opportunity to get into the ring and retire a Mexican legend,” said Alvarado. “I am great under pressure and I am going to fight like the ‘Old Mike’ and use my power and my will to beat Márquez.  I made a mistake of looking past Ruslan Provodnikov. He jumped on me and got me in a bad situation.  He had such an awkward style.  The difference against Márquez will be my power.  I am going to train super hard for my biggest fight. I am very excited.  I am anxious too, to fight the winner of Pacquiao and Bradley.  Bradley interests me a lot.  Pacquiao has made his mark in boxing. Bradley is undefeated.  This fight is my redemption to all of my fans.  I know how important this fight is. What a fight with such a reward – to fight the winner of Pacquiao vs Bradley. This is an incredible opportunity. I will be fully prepared to fight Márquez on May 17.”

Tickets priced at $400, $250, $150, $75 and $35 go on sale on April 1 and any $150 or $75 ticket purchased between noon at 4 p.m. PT on that day will include a complimentary ticket (limit 6 tickets per order).

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