Juan Manuel Marquez (55-7-1, 40 KO’s) and Mike Alvarado (34-2, 23 KO’s) weighed in on Friday for their fight on HBO Saturday night for their catch-weight fight at 143 lbs at the Forum, in Inglewood, California, USA. Both guys are trying to get a much bigger money fight against WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao for later this year, which is why their fight tomorrow night is incredibly important for each of them. It’s slightly less important for Marquez, as he’s already made good money in the past and it won’t be as much of a big deal if he gets weeded out by Alvarado on Saturday night.
Marquez weighed 141.6 lbs and was well under the contract limit of 143. Alvarado, however, came in .2 lbs over the limit at 143.2 lbs. Marquez didn’t make a production out of the small amount of weight that Alvarado came over the limit, and it was pretty clear that Alvarado could have made the weight had he stripped off his shorts. Since there was no title on the line and Marquez didn’t abject to him being slightly over, Alvarado wasn’t forced to strip down.
Alvarado will be making $650,000 for the fight, whereas Marquez, the better known fighter, will be getting $1.4 million. The money that Marquez is getting for the fight is nothing compared to the cash he made for his last two fights against Pacquiao.
“I feel excited to fight again in this historic building,” Marquez said. “I see a lot of old faces. A lot of people know I don’t talk outside the ring; I do my job in the ring. For this fight I have three points in my mind. One, Mike Alvarado is a strong fighter, he’s a great fighter and I have a tough fight.
“Secondly, I prepared myself very hard for this fight because this fight will be a war. Finally, the people will see a great, great fight because Mike Alvarado wants to win the fight; I want to win the fight. This fight will be a war!,” said Marquez.
Marquez wants a win in this fight so that he can try and win a 5th division world title against Pacquiao. If the two wind up facing each other, it’ll be the 5th time they’ve fought, and likely not the last time they meet each other.