Age Ain't Nothing But A Number:
Marquez Proves More Effective In His Victory
Over Mike Alvarado.
In a fight that went the distance with some real hard hitting canvas action in the later rounds, Juan Manuel Marquez (56-7-1, 40KOs) proved that age was nothing but a number when it came to a decisive but hard earned Unanimous Decision win over the bigger younger man Mike Alvarado (34-3, 23KOs).
On the subject of his age, Marquez was quite succinct after his victory:
MARQUEZ: “ It was a big challenge. Age doesn’t matter as long as you take care of yourself.”
In a fight plan that seemed to rely on a perceived reality that Marquez was the vulnerable older smaller fighter, Alvarado’s bible for the bulk of the fight was to force Marquez to fire first from the corners and off the ropes in order to punch himself out as Alvarado looked to touch Marquez’s body to break him down for a kill in the later rounds. This gambit proved fatally flawed early on as Marquez proved hard to reach and his will to fight even harder to extinguish. After several rounds of Alvarado absorbing shots and digging a hole for himself on the scorecards, at the end of round eight Marquez, in a move reminiscent of Manny Pacquiao feinted with his left and then delivered a searing straight right which threw Alvarado through the ropes with only seconds before the bell. In response to this wake up call, Alvarado recovered for an action packed round nine successfully delivering his own authoritative right and dropping Marquez, signaling a possible change in the fight. After being informed in between rounds ten and eleven by his corner that he needed a knockout, in the eleventh Alvarado tried to deliver with a well timed right that wobbled Marquez nearly knocking him to ground. But ultimately victory was not to be for the slow starting Alvarado. The fight was simply too far-gone on points for Alvarado to make up the distance without a picture perfect stoppage via KO.
ALVARADO: “I was warming up a little bit too much before I started getting off. It was on me but it was a great fight”
With regard to any explicit cause for his lack of activity, Alvarado seemed to suggest an overabundance of respect for his opponent versus an anorexic fight strategy against a fresh skilled competitor.
ALVARADO: “ It was a bad experience being in there with a legend”
However, late start non-withstanding, Alvarado was able to hurt Marquez. This being the case, perhaps a rematch might be in order after the fanfare of Pacquiao Vs. Marquez Five? But only if a less respectful more active Alvarado shows up to fight.
ALVARADO: “ The way the fight went, he backed up and he felt the power from me so he fought a good fight.”
Promoter Bob Arum was in agreement with Alvarado in regard to the quality of the fight and it’s participants.
ARUM: “ Mike has the guts of a lion. He stayed in there, he hurt Marquez pretty good but Marquez is Marquez. Marquez is a great fighter.”
Marquez was also quick to credit Mike Alvarado as a worthy and game opponent after his victory as well as the explosiveness of the later rounds:
MARQUEZ: “ I always said that Mike Alvarado is a strong man and fast and worthy and strong, and I did expect this fight.”
While promoter Bob Arum was happy with both fighters’ performances, it would seem that the overwhelmingly pro Marquez crowd could not quite forgive Alvarado for attempting a coup on the hometown favorite in his own backyard of the Forum in Inglewood, California. Despite the fact that Alvarado lost after fighting more aggressively from the eighth round on, fans still denied Alvarado any respect or courtesy as they soundly booed him on his way out of the arena upon losing the decision.
For the victorious Juan Manuel Marquez, again on the road for a fifth time towards arch nemesis Manny Pacquiao, the deafening roar from the Forum could be heard all the way to the Philippines and beyond.
Written by Kylie Krabbe
Photo by Kylie Krabbe
May 19th 2014
Photo by Kylie Krabbe