Juan Manuel Marquez (55-7-1, 40 KO’s) is no longer a world champion after vacating his WBO light welterweight title last October rather than defending it against Ruslan Provodnikov, but Marquez will definitely be getting paid like a champion for his fight this Saturday night against Mike Alvarado (34-2, 23 KO’s) at the Forum, in Inglewood, California, USA. Marquez will be getting $1.4 million for 12 rounds of action on Saturday, wheres Alvarado will be getting $650,000.
This is good money for fighters of this level, but obviously it’s not the kind of cash that fighters like Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. routinely enjoy for their fights. Marquez wants to beat Alvarado so that he can get a fifth fight against Pacquiao, and along with it a very big payday that could see Marquez get in the neighborhood of $10 million with the pay-per-view upside for the fight.
Marquez can’t take anything for granted for this fight because Alvarado is a very good fighter capable of beating him if he’s not able to fight at the same level that he once did. Marquez won’t likely be able to beat Alvarado if he’s stuck fighting at the same level that he was in his loss to Tim Bradley last October. Marquez’s muscles looked deflated in that fight, and his energy and punching power seemed to be gone as well. At Friday’s weigh-in Marquez was as thin as he was for his fight against Bradley, and that’s not a good sign. Without his muscles that he had for his fourth fight against Pacquiao in 2012, Marquez could be out of his class in fighting the bigger Alvarado.
Alvarado technically has a shot at getting the Pacquiao fight too if he beats Marquez on Saturday, but it’s quite likely that Alvarado won’t get the fight. All he can really do is beat Marquez and hope that Bob Arum of Top Rank lets him fight Pacquiao like he’d been saying about the winner getting a shot at him.