Los Angeles- Mexican ring legend Juan Manuel Marquez promised a war on Saturday night against Mike Alvarado at the newly revamped Fabulous Great Western Forum. Instead mostly pro Marquez crowd at the arena got the master boxing class by one of the best in the business interlaced with occasional fireworks. Forty years old Juan Manuel Marquez (56-7-1,40K KO’S) showed no signs of aging and marked his return to the Forum with a brilliant display of boxing skills and will. All three judges had Marquez the winner by a wide margin. Max DeLuca and Julie letterman scored 117-109. Robert Byrd 119-108.
“I wanted to give public here a gift “said Marquez after the fight:” A gift that signifies the history of this event. A gift for the fans. As I said before age doesn’t matter.”
Turning back the clock of his younger days at the Forum Marquez attacked early and dominated the first round as the crowd cheered him on. Alvarado (34-3,23KO’S) did not start throwing punches till the end of the round. Marquez won the second with activity and by simply being an aggressor. What is Alvarado waiting for? We got the answer to that question in the third as every time Mike attacked and missed he got countered by the best counterpuncher in the business. Master boxing class continued in the fourth as Marquez fired beautiful combinations as accurate as snipers bullets never forgetting to go to the body. Alvarado tried to be more aggressive in the fifth which only played in the hands of Marquez who continued to counter with blistering combinations. Slower than usual sixth stanza culminated in the firefight late. Master boxing clinic continued in the seventh as Master boxer fired vicious combination on bewildered Alvarado.
Marquez scored a spectacular right hand knock down at the tail end of the eighth which sent Mike through the ropes and almost out of the ring. Alvarado was saved by the bell.” Mile High” Mike returned a favor and dropped Marquez early in the ninth with a hard right. It only inspired Juan Manuel to fight harder and initiate the most vicious exchanges in the fight. Alvarado’s face looked a bloody mess at the beginning of the tenth, the round Marquez dominated landing powerful combinations. Marquez’s glove almost touched the canvas from Alvarado’s punch, but referee Pat Russell made a correct no call. Juan Manuel closed the show the same way he opened it with a beautiful combination as the crowd roared in appreciation.
Prior to this bout Marquez stated repeatedly that his goal was to make history and to become the first Mexican fighter to win five championship titles in as many weight categories. To achieve that goal Juan Manuel Marquez has to fight newly crowned welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao. Are we to expect Marquez Pacquiao v?
“We will relax. I don’t know at the moment,” said Marquez who previously stated that his business with Pacquiao was finished:” But any decision that I make will be good for me, my family and all the Mexican fans.”