Mike Alvarado (34-2, 23 KO’s) plans on showcasing his talent tonight in his big fight against Juan Manuel Marquez (55-7-1, 40 KO’s) at the Forum in Inglewood, California. Alvarado wants to put behind him his painful 10th round stoppage loss to Ruslan Provodnikov last October. Alvarado believes that he wasn’t at his best in that fight due to him not being dialed in with his training, but he’s since gotten wired and he’s ready for his fight tonight against the 40-year-old Marquez.
There’s a lot on the line for Alvarado in this fight, as a victory over Marquez will put him in a fight against WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao and a chance to make millions of dollars. A fight against Pacquiao will change Alvarado’s modest living conditions considerably by giving him enough money for him to retire from the sport and live off of the money even if he winds up losing the fight.
“That wasn’t the real Mike Alvarado. Now that I was able to get away, get my mindset a little better and focus on what I really need to focus on – which is me – soul search just a little more for these bigger fights for the level that I’m on,” Alvarado said to Maxboxing.com. If I want to make a mark on this game, be more than just good rather than good. Now is the perfect opportunity to showcase myself. I’m ready for it.”
Alvarado will need to up his work rate to take advantage of Marquez’s economical punch output. Above all, Alvarado will need to make sure that he does more than Marquez in every round, because Marquez is the more popular fighter of the two and a 5th fight between him and Pacquiao is at stake. That’s a big fight in the boxing world, and much bigger fight than Pacquiao-Alvarado. It means that Alvarado is going to need to do a lot in order to avoid getting robbed by the judges.
Marquez is a counter puncher, and he works best when he’s facing a guy that throws a lot of punches. However, he’s also 40-years-old, and he’s fighting a much bigger guy than the guys he started his career out fighting in the featherweight division. Alvarado has Marquez at the right point in his career to try and get a victory, but he’ going to need to really let his hands go in order to avoid winding up a loser by a controversial decision.