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Juan Manuel Lopez UD 12 Orlando Salido: I like Juan Manuel Lopez by points in a close but clear fight. Orlando Salido has the type of power in both hands to change the momentum of the fight with one shot, and Lopez hasn't always displayed the most rock-solid of jaws, even against challengers like Bernabe Concepcion.
However, I think Lopez gets his title back on the strength of two factors. For one, he's in a lot better shape than the last fight, which I think will allow him to evade trouble more often rather than stand and trade due to fatigue.
Secondly, Salido was almost down and out in his last defense against Weng Haya. I wonder if the Mexican champ can still sustain the necessary type of pressure over 12 rounds to win on the road. Lopez by unanimous decision over Salido.
Juan Manuel Lopez W 12 Orlando Salido: Juan Manuel Lopez on points. Lopez has a shaky chin and has taken a lot of shots but he's still younger. Orlando Salido was very close to getting stopped his last time out and may have peaked in the first Lopez fight.
I like the home court advantage for Lopez and I think he overcomes some rocky moments to win enough rounds for a decision win, if not a late stoppage.
Orlando Salido KO 10 Juan Manuel Lopez: I'm on record picking Orlando Salido to beat Juan Manuel Lopez again, because it's difficult to reverse the kind of beating Lopez took. That said, I believe this is a 50-50 fight. I think it depends largely on Lopez.
If he bangs with Salido, he could have trouble again. If he boxes throughout, I think the Puerto Rican can win. I'll stick with my prediction, though: Salido will knock out Lopez again in the late rounds.
Juan Manuel Lopez UD 12 Orlando Salido: I think that if Juan Manuel Lopez has gotten all of his personal problems behind him, then I think that he's still hungry enough to avenge the loss that he had to Orlando Salido in the last fight.
Juan Manuel Lopez KO 9 Orlando Salido: This is a tough pick really, because they always say that whoever won the first fight will win the second fight easier. Here, I don't really know because neither Orlando Salido nor Juan Manuel Lopez have looked exceptionally good in their tuneups since then.
The experts favor Juan Manuel Lopez , 13-2, to take down Orlando Salido in their rematch in Lopez's native Puerto Rico.
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