HBO's 15-minute Road to Marquez-Alvarado airs tonight at 12:45 a.m. ET/PT in advance of the May 17 welterweight clash between four-division titlewinner Juan Manuel Marquez and Mike Alvarado at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif.
"Road to Marquez-Alvarado" will follow the 11 p.m. rebroadcast of Manny Pacquiao's unanimous decision victory over Tim Bradley to regain the WBO 147-pound belt, as well as the 12:00 a.m. telecast of The Fight Game with Jim Lampley.
A man who turns 41 in August, Marquez (55-7-1, 40 knockouts) went 12-0 with nine knockouts at The Great Western Forum, which is now The Forum. The run started with a first-round stoppage of Martin Ochoa in January 1995 that made Marquez 9-1 with seven knockouts following his American debut.
A loser of his professional debut by disqualification, Marquez was 29-1 with 22 knockouts after his final bout at The Great Western Forum — a second-round knockout of Wilfredo Vargas.
Marquez lost his 31st fight by unanimous decision to Freddy Norwood at The Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, representing a failed bid to win the WBA 126-pound belt in September 1999.
Marquez was last in the ring for a split-decision loss to Bradley last October, which followed his sixth-round stoppage of Pacquiao in December 2012.
The winner of Marquez-Alvarado has been mandated by the WBO to face Pacquiao, since Pacquiao avenged his split-decision loss to Bradley in June 2012. Marquez is 1-2-1 against Pacquiao, an eight-diviion titlewinner over whom a victory would make Marquez the first Mexican fighter to earn a fifth belt in as many different weight divisions.
A 33-year-old from Denver, Alvarado (34-2, 23 KOs) is 1-2 over the course of his past three fights, all of which happened as a junior welterweight.
Alvarado was stopped in the seventh round by Brandon Rios in Oct. 2012, won their rematch for the WBO's vacant 140-pound belt by unanimous decision last March, and then lost the title by 10-round knockout to Ruslan Provodnikov last October.
Juan Manuel Marquez at The Great Western Forum
Martin Ochoa TKO 1 Jan. 30, 1995
Julio Sanchez Leon UD 10 April 4, 1995
Julio Cesar Portillo KO 6 July 10, 1995
Miguel Rodriguez TKO 1 Sept. 25, 1995
Julian Wheeler TKO 10 Nov. 6, 1995
Hector Ulises Chong KO 4 March 4, 1996
Freddy Cruz UD 10 July 8, 1996
Rodrigo Valenzuela RTD 8 Dec. 9, 1996
Agapito Sanchez UD 12 April 21, 1997
Catalino Becerra TKO 7 July 14, 1997
Luis Samudio TKO 9 March 16, 1998
Wilfredo Vargas KO 2 May 10, 1999
Total: 12-0, 9 knockouts