Juan Manuel Lopez TKO 9 Orlando Salido: Juan Manuel Lopez has one of those rare opportunities to prove to himself and his countrymen that he can resurrect a career rocked by last April’s loss to Orlando Salido.
Then, Puerto Ricans wondered what all of the hype had been about. Now, Lopez can restore their faith if — and only if -– the commitment to his craft has been restored.
That includes some attention to defense, so often sloppy and virtually forgotten in the last outing against Salido, who was knocked down twice in his last fight.
In San Juan, Lopez has an advantage, yet also a burden of proof. The guess here is that he will confront that burden, knock it and Salido aside.
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But Orlando Salido has that Mexican warrior’s heart and he could surprise the world again. I think that Lopez will win a decision this time, though.
Lopez could take a unanimous decision, but close as far as the rounds. So I think that it’s going to be a close, close fight.
Juan Manuel Lopez W 12 Orlando Salido: My pick is made with the assumption that Juan Manuel Lopez has learned how to get out of the way of Orlando Salido’s right hand.
If he has, he should be able to do enough to grind out a close decision win. If not, it could be a replay of the first fight.
Juan Manuel Lopez SD 12 Orlando Salido: I give the slight edge to Juan Manuel Lopez in a close fight. I think Juanma will be more focused this time around.
Orlando Salido will have his moments, but I’ve got Lopez by split decision.
Juan Manuel Lopez TKO 11 Orlando Salido: Juan Manuel Lopez is the better class of fighter, but he’s not good enough to prepare half-heartedly and still win.
With the motivation to avenge a loss and his personal issues behind him, I expect Lopez to be on top of his game and stop Orlando Salido down the stretch.
Orlando Salido W 12 Juan Manuel Lopez: I think that it will be a very close fight. I expect a better, more prepared Juan Manuel Lopez, especially as it relates to his quickness and his movement.
But I still wonder if he will be able to evade those looping, overhand rights by Orlando Salido, and I think that Salido just may be a tough matchup for Lopez.
I think that it will be a very, very close fight. I think that Salido is going to close very, very hard. I don’t know if Salido can win a decision, but I’m picking him anyway. I will say that he’ll win over 12 rounds.
Juan Manuel Lopez W 12 Orlando Salido: I pick JuanMa Lopez. It is a situation where the first time around, he may not have had all his bearings together being that he was going through the ugly divorce and also had an eye on a fight with Yuriorkis Gamboa.
Things like that can really mess up your concentration. You never need to end up with …tough times, and you definitely never need to be overlooking a guy as dangerous as Orlando Salido. Salido is the real deal, and his track record proves it.
He turned pro at a very young age, and amassed a lot of his losses then. Since then, he’s gotten some big wins, the one over JuanMa being the biggest. But he’s had others as well. He’s also been robbed once or twice in fights where he would have more big wins on his record.
Styles make fights. Salido, I believe, will never make it easy for JuanMa. But a more focused Lopez with revenge on his mind takes it on points, I believe.