Mike Alvarado (34-2, 23 KO’s) feels like he doesn’t have any pressure on him going into his fight this Saturday night against the more experienced and much more accomplished Juan Manuel Marquez (55-7-1, 40 KO’s) at the Forum, in Inglewood, California, USA. Alvarado is the underdog in this fight, and few boxing fans believe he’s going to beat the 40-year-old Marquez.
It’s not that they see Alvarado as being a bad fighter, because they realize that he’s a dangerous guy with excellent athletic ability. But Alvarado’s recent stoppage loss to Ruslan Provodnikov, and his knockout loss to Brandon Rios in 2012, has a lot of fans doubting Alvarado’s ability.
“I have no pressure and I’m going to go out there and fight Marquez the best way I can,” Alvarado said to Yahoo Sports. “I trained good. I did what I needed to do. I fixed all the issues in my life. I’m happy. I’m healthy. I’m ready. In my heart, win, lose or draw, I’ll be fine because I know I gave it my all. If I give it my all, then I’m good with whatever happens.”
This is the fight of Alvarado’s life. If there is one fight that he must win, it’s this one. If Alvarado can give it 110%, he could pull off an upset against Marquez. He’s getting the 40-year-old Marquez at the right time due to him coming off of a loss to Tim Bradley from last year in October. Marquez looked old in that fight, and less muscular than he was in his stoppage win over Pacquiao in 2012. In training for this fight, Marquez looks even thinner, and it appears that he’s lost more muscle somehow. I don’t think that’s a good thing, as the muscles that he gained for his win over Pacquiao made him a dangerous puncher. Without those muscles, he’s not going to be able to compete against the bigger and stronger Alvarado.
If Alvarado wins this fight, he’ll be put in with Pacquiao next September in the payday of Alvarado’s life. That’s a win-win fight for Alvarado, because he’ll be getting so much money that it won’t matter if he loses to Pacquiao.