HBO has released two videos in advance of Saturday's bout between Juan Manuel Marquez and Mike Alvarado at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., the winner of which will become mandatory challenger to WBO 147-pound titleholder Manny Pacquiao, who dethroned Tim Bradley for the belt by unanimous decision last month.
A four-division titlewinner who who turns 41 in August, Marquez (55-7-1, 40 knockouts) went 12-0 with nine knockouts at the venue formerly known as the Great Western Forum. Now under the ownership of Madison Square Garden, The Forum recently underwent a $40 million facelift.
Marquez's run started with a first-round stoppage of Martin Ochoa in January 1995 that took Marquez to 9-1 with seven knockouts following his American debut.
Though losing 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 Resort and Casino 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. Marquez's ultimate goal is a fifth bout with Pacquiao, who lost via split decision to Bradley in June 2012 and against whom Marquez is 1-2-1. A win over Pacquiao would make Marquez the first Mexican fighter to earn a fifth belt in as many weight divisions.
Denver, Colorado's 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, 33, was stopped in the seventh round by Brandon Rios in October 2012, won their rematch for the WBO's vacant 140-pound belt by unanimous decision last March, and then lost the title by tenth-round knockout to Ruslan Provodnikov last October.
Juan Manuel Marquez at the Great Western Forum
Martin Ochoa TKO 1 January 30, 1995
Julio Sanchez Leon UD 10 April 24, 1995
Julio Cesar Portillo KO 6 July 10, 1995
Miguel Rodriguez TKO 1 September 25, 1995
Julian Wheeler TKO 10 November 6, 1995
Hector Ulises Chong KO 4 March 4, 1996
Freddy Cruz UD 10 July 8, 1996
Rodrigo Valenzuela RTD 8 December 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, nine knockouts