This past Saturday night at the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood, CA, Juan Manuel Marquez return to a renovated building that saw him make a name for himself and become one of today’s boxing legends.
The Fab Forum has officially entered itself in the mix of venues for future boxing fights. Fans were treated to a great atmosphere and a great fight between Juan Manuel Marquez and Mike Alvarado.
Marquez displayed beautiful boxing skills and looked great. He dominated Alvarado the majority of the fight. When he dropped Alvarado in the 8th round, I thought he was going to end the fight in the 9th round. The video is my view from the fight and instead of seeing Marquez close out the show, we see a hungry Alvarado come out and drill Marquez to the floor. Marquez does a good job at correcting that mistake to make a very competitive round.
Due to Saturday’s dominant victory over Alvarado, it is no surprise that many boxing insiders want to see a Marquez vs Pacquiao 5/Pacquiao vs Marquez 5 (depending on how you want to promote the fight).
I am one of those fans that feels a Pacquiao vs Marquez 5 fight won’t do anything for Marquez Hall of Fame career. Bob Arum wants to make the 5th fight in Macau, China in November, a site that favors Manny Pacquiao. Let us assume that a fifth fight ends up happening and it is a close fight and they give the decision to Pacquiao as will be the case. In this scenario, we will have people talking about a 6 fight and the list will go on. Don’t get me wrong, these two are like the Fast and the Furious movie series. After awhile, one has to pull the plug and leave it as is. There fights will be legendary and their 4 fights will go down as one of boxing’s greatest rivalry. For Marquez to close that chapter after his 6th round KO will forever cement his legacy. A 41 year old Marquez fighting Pacquiao for the 5th time will not be the same. His age might just catch up to him during the fight.
Marquez only motivation is to pursue a 5th title in 5 different divisions, which if he ends up accomplishing it will make him the first Mexican boxer to do so. But, if he we would retire now, he would have technically have 5 titles in 5 different divisions. How so? Well, his 4th fight vs Pacquiao was for a made up belt that the WBO made strictly for that fight but if Pacquiao had not been robbed during the Bradley fight, the 4th fight would have been for Pacquiao’s WBO Welterweight Title. Since Marquez put Pacquiao to sleep he can rest with the satisfaction that in many fans he already holds 5 different belts. Maybe his 4th fight with Pacquiao should have a footnote.
If Marquez really wants to pursue a 5th belt, he should try something different. I would love to see him try his chances against another fighter, maybe Shawn Porter who is the IBF champion. Obviously a Marquez vs Porter fight will not produce the financial resources that a fifth fight would but it would provide him for the opportunity to win a fifth belt against a young and strong fighter like Porter.
If Marquez stays true to his word and doesn’t takes a fifth fight with Pacquiao, will Bob Arum make a Pacquiao vs Provodnikov fight? Who else is out there for Pacquiao? For Marquez?
At 41 years old, Marquez can find peace knowing that he gave boxing fans some of the most memorable fights of our generation. If he decides to call it a career, I will applaud him. If he decides to fight Pacquiao for the fifth time then we know it’s for the money (not hating; he deserves it) but as much as I love Marquez, I don’t want to hear him complain that they robbed him again because if it goes to decision, that is exactly what’s going to happen. Better to end his career on a great victory like this past Saturday night.
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