Trainer Freddie Roach burns with the desire for revenge for his aging fighter Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KO’s) to avenge his 6th round knockout loss to 40-year-old Juan Manuel Marquez (55-7-1, 40 KO’s) from 2012, as it clearly bothers Roach that Pacquiao was knocked clean out by the Mexican warrior the last time the two fighters faced each other. As such, Roach is hoping that Marquez will get his his next opponent former WBO light welterweight champion Mike Alvarado (34-2, 23 KO’s) in their fight next month on May 17th at the Forum in Inglewood, California.
Oddly enough, their fight is a WBO 147lb eliminator bout despite the fact that the two of them are coming off of losses in their last fights.
“There’s a fight in Los Angeles, at The Forum, between Juan Manuel Marquez and Mike Alvarado on May 17, and the winner is a natural opponent next for Manny,” Roach said to ESPN New York. “I’d like Marquez next, we owe him something. I hope he wins, and he should win that fight against Alvarado.”
You have to wonder how long will Pacquiao and Marquez go back and forth with their fights. Marquez was jobbed in the first three fights between them by the judges, and he finally got sick of them and opted to knock Pacquiao out cold to avoid getting jobbed a 4th time. But Marquez, if he does decide to fight the much more popular Pacquiao for a fifth time, he’s going to find himself in a situation where he might need a knockout to make sure he gets the win because it’s unlikely that he’s going to be given a decision against a guy like Pacquiao.
There’s obviously another reason why Roach prefers Marquez to Alvarado as an opponent for the 35-year-old Pacquiao. The pay-per-view numbers will be much, much higher with Marquez as Pacquiao’s opponent than the little known Alvarado. There’s no money in a Pacquiao-Alvarado fight, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the PPV numbers are in the 400,000 range like they were for Pacquiao’s fight against Brandon Rios last November. Boxing fans obviously would know that a Pacquiao-Alvarado fight would be a mismatch, so they would likely stay away and avoid purchasing the fight on PPV.