In the sport of boxing you are only as good as your last win. For both Mike Alvarado and Juan Manuel Marquez they are coming off loses in their last fights. That is not the only thing the two have in common. Both fighters had career defining victories that avenged previous loses prior to their last fight. On May 17 there will be no title on the line. These two men will be fighting for pride.
The stage is set for the legendary Forum in LA. The former area has been refurbished and brought back to life making this fight a historic event. Both fighters are known as great warriors so this fight is sure to not disappoint the fans. Marquez being the veteran fighter has actually fought a number of 12 times in the old Forum early on in his career. This fight will be Alvarado’s biggest fight so far in his career. The two are at different points in their careers.
If Mike Alvarado wants to win this fight he is going to have to put his demons behind him. He has been in non stop action fights in his last three fights. This fight will be no different. I do salute his efforts to take these risky shots against such high profile fighters. Alvarado’s biggest attribute is also his biggest flaw. He fights with a warriors mentality never backing out of a fight. It was that mentality that got him KO’ed by Brandon Rios and Ruslan Provodnikov. It is when Alvarado uses his boxing skills when he shines the most. The issue in this fight is that Marquez is also a great veteran boxer.
Going into the fight against Ruslan we kept hearing about breaking Alvarado’s will. Then the fight happened and that is just what the outcome was. Alvarado’s will had been broken. If he wants to win this fight he is going to have to show more will and determination then he’s ever shown before. We know that he can box, we know he is one heck of a fighter, but can he master a game plan? Alvarado does have a tremendous fighters spirit but it’s not enough. His will has been broken multiple times now so if he wants to be an elite fighter and beat the best fighters out there he is going to have to focus more and implement a solid game plan where he can exploit the old age and flaws that are in Marquez’s game.
As for Marquez, I am going to take a different approach. He has been here before. This fight is just another day in his life as a boxer. He’s facing another younger, hungrier fighter but he’s been there all before. The historic significance and personal affect the Forum will have on him makes him the more motivated fighter. All Marquez needs to do in this fight is stick to his game plan and keep the pressure until Alvarado breaks. With Alvarado we know that he will eventually break down with constant pressure. Marquez is the best opponent Alvarado has seen. With the tendencies Alvarado has it is safe to say he can break down easily against an opponent like Marquez. I believe that will be the strategy from the beginning of the fight and we will see a brawl for however long it lasts.
In this fight I have Marquez being the favorite. I am a fan of both fighters as they both have proven they are true warriors. The major difference is in the fact that Marquez is still an elite fighter and Alvarado has failed to show he can compete at such a high level. I am hoping that Alvarado can hold off the type of pressure Marquez will throw at him and last the full 12 rounds. It has been said that the fight will be an eliminator for Manny Pacquio’s belt but Marquez has already said he has no interest in another shot. Will Marquez win decisively and get back in the conversation for another fight with Manny? Can Alvarado prove he belongs in the elite status? We will fight May 17 live at the new Forum in LA.