“OLD” JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZ ON HBO SATURDAY

May 15th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

OVER THE HILL MARQUEZ GETS FOE WITH WEIGHTY ISSUES

Marquez "Owned" By Bradley

Marquez “Owned” By Bradley


San Francisco, CA- Most of you don’t remember the Freddie Norwood-Juan Manuel Marquez fight on HBO in 1999. The match stunk so bad that at the post fight party the HBO hierarchy at the time boldly stated, “Marquez is done on HBO.” Almost 16 years later, JMM is still around and yes appearing on HBO this Saturday night vs. Mike Alvarado at the revamped Los Angeles Forum.

MARQUEZ AN ALMOST .500 FIGHTER OF LATE

Mike "Starved" Alvarado

Mike “Starved” Alvarado


Having gone 5-3 in his last eight fights, he’d be 4-4 had he not hit the “chin lottery” and knocked out Manny Pacquiao in 2012 at a point and time when JMM was getting shellacked. The loss to Tim Bradley in October 2013 was a “pathetic” attempt by JMM to resemble a world class fighter. By the end of 12 rounds, Bradley had dominated the slower, older Mexican mauler whose only claim to fame is losing to and then beating Manny Pacquiao.

WHAT MAKES JMM A “GREAT” FIGHTER?

All of this hyperbole about his being a “great” fighter is just that. Marquez is a good fighter, one that is usually well prepared for battle. But don’t confuse him for a knockout artist, a fighter that spews excitement like Marvin Hagler, no JMM is just a guy that happened to give Manny Pacquiao trouble. Outside of that, what has he done since losing his WBA 126 lb. strap to Chris John in 2006? Even though he bested an old and worn out Marco Antonio Barrera, Joel Casamayor and Juan Diaz, the only real JMM “highlight reel” type of stuff is the Pacquiao fights.

HOW GOOD IS MIKE ALVARADO?


Mike Alvarado is a fighter of unknown quality seeing he was unbeaten and fighting out of that pugilistic capital that is Colorado “under the radar” per se until he was stopped by Brandon Rios in October 2012. The Colorado based fighter won a 12 round Unanimous Decision over Rios in a rematch, which set up Alvarado (now 34-2, 23 KOs) for the WBO 140 lb. title fight with Ruslan Providnikov in which he was smacked at will until the stoppage in round nine.

ALVARADO “DEAD MAN” WALKING IN RING

Looking like a man who had “starved” himself into a state of anorexia I haven’t seen a fighter that drawn at a weigh since the late Johnny Owen. The weight for this fight is 140 lbs. So here comes the $64,000 question. Why in the hell would Alvarado try and fight again at 140, seeing he was physically incapable of fighting at that weight? At 5’9, Mike Alvarado is cruising for a bruising that could bring about his 3rd loss, all by TKO.
JMM IS ON THE WAY OUT!

IF JMM LOSES…HE’S TOO OLD

Marquez has little to lose here. Now 40 going on 64, his reflexes said adios a while back and JMM is merely fighting for a chance to go one more time with Manny Pacquiao. If JMM (55-7-1, 40 KOs) wins, he wouldn’t sign a suicide pact and meet Provodnikov. With Floyd Mayweather being a turd, Pacquiao-Mayweather, although I still think it’s a mismatch in Floyd’s favor, that fight ain’t happening. Thus, it’s all about another Pacquiao fight.

YOUNG GUYS SHOULD BE ABLE TO BEST JMM

At 33, one can only wonder if Alvarado can run roughshod over Marquez, for if he doesn’t it will be a slow typical JMM fight. Very few fireworks are expected in the grand arena that is the L.A. or Inglewood Forum. I am hoping that there is a significant Mexican undercard, for if there isn’t, this return to the Forum would not be all that glorious for the desired Hispanic (mainly Mexican) demographics expected to pack the house.

FORUM BOXING WAS THE BEST PROMOTION IN USA!

At one point, the Forum was the hottest boxing program in the country. Forum Boxing, headed by “JJ” aka John Jackson and Antonio Curtis making matches, there was always drama and good fights at the Forum 12 years ago. It was the last place I interviewed deceased heavyweight contender Jerry Quarry, I’d go there as much as I could or catch the fights on the now defunct Sportschannel. Even meet jazz icon Miles Davis at one of LA Laker owner Jerry Buess.

CHANCE TO EXCEL OR DROWN FOR ALVARADO

As previously stated, Alvarado is 5’9, Marquez is barely 5’7. The reach edge goes to Alvarado by a miniscule amount, meaning about two inches. For Alvarado to win, the Colorado fighter will have to use his height, reach and feet to carry him to victory. Whether he has the skills to beat an aging old man remains to be seen. Before I go realize this, the Top Rank matchmakers that chose Alvarado to face JMM, don’t make many mistakes!

Pedro Fernandez

COMMENTS

  1. I believe this fight is going to be at a catch weight of 144lbs .I think Alvarado will win this fight on saturday….part of of me would like Marquez to win so I can laugh at all the so called experts who think Marquez will catch lighting in a bottle twice!

    rio001 on May 16th, 2014 at 10:35 AM
  2. I left the same comment on his facebook page calling him out on the weight and the link was deleted. Many times this dude talks out of his ass, the contracted weight is 143 pounds. And you can’t blame Marquez for beating Casamayor and Diaz, at the time he fought them they were both legit contenders and he was an underdog for both fighs.

    Rene on May 16th, 2014 at 6:51 PM
  3. Nice article Pedro.

    I agree that Father Time is breathing down his neck and yes, he didn’t look great vs Bradley, but to me it all depends on how Alvarado fights Marquez. If he tries turning this into a war, Marquez will beat him with his counter-punching. If he fights him like he did vs Rios(out-boxing him), he has a chance to beat JMM. I don’t believe Alvarado will resist turning this into a brawl, so I believe Marquez will find a way to win a hard-fought decision, setting up a 5th fight vs Pacquiao.

    Ron Cameron on May 16th, 2014 at 7:11 PM
  4. ALL fighters who eventually wind up in the HOF are “old”… Hat tip to JMM, He’s a LOCK and Naz will never have a look… Try reading this line 12 years ago.

    Jack Dunne on May 18th, 2014 at 6:31 AM
  5. Alvarado’s lack of consistent confidence cost him a win over a over the hill Marquez.

    Rob Hernandez on May 18th, 2014 at 7:49 AM
  6. Any writer who calls MArquez a good fighter at his best is a smuk.HOw many counter punchers are as exciting as Juan and no peedro ANdre ward dont make the mark

    frankie bonez on May 18th, 2014 at 5:11 PM
  7. It was the kind of fight where Alvarado looked better in losing than Marquez did in winning. Alvarado was getting lit up, looked discouraged as all hell and still found ways to get Marquez in trouble.

    While Marquez can still compete, I think he gets KOd if he fights Pacquiao again.

    tommyrenob on May 19th, 2014 at 6:01 AM
  8. Marquez is turn into a power puncher, muscular fighter now a days that he has not had been before in his peak age. as long as MEMO the PED’s peddler is on his side, and continuing refuse VADA RANDOM DRUG TESTING ,his trends of winning is TAINTED.

    Erick Morales: ” Pharmacy in Mexico is better.
    MEMO : Peak performances without doping are a fairy tale my friend”
    MEMO : I’ve created 20 different drugs that still undetectable for the doping tester
    Antonio Barerra: Marquez doesn’t have power. I don’t know what happened. Everybody can see the difference of the Marquez today and the Marquez of the past.”

    MEJICANO on June 19th, 2014 at 2:27 AM

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