Marquez vs. Alvarado, Gamboa vs. Garcia Rumored for HBO Double-Header

By BT1
Feb. 13, 2014


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Discussions are under way for what could be a truly explosive boxing double header, May 17 on HBO with Juan Manuel Marquez (55-7-1, 40KOs) and Mike Alvarado (34-2, 23KOs) slated for the main event spot in a bout that could be contested at either welterweight or junior welter.

The 40-year-old former four-division world champ, Marquez is coming off a split decision loss to Timothy Bradley last October, but is also just one fight removed from his devastating sixth round knockout of Manny Pacquiao in December of 2012. While Marquez originally rejected Alvarado as an opponent, the fact is that few viable opponents remain for the future Hall of Famer from Mexico City. A win over Alvarado may lead to Marquez facing the winner of the April 12 Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley clash and making a bid to capture the WBO welterweight title to become the first Mexican fighter to win world titles in five different divisions.

Alvarado, 33, is also coming off a loss when he was forced to retire in his corner between rounds ten and eleven of a brutal junior welterweight brawl with Ruslan Provodnikov. Prior to that, the Denver native had tallied a 1-1 record in two bouts with Brandon Rios. A win for Alvarado would mean a return to the land of the elite and, perhaps, also a shot at the winner of Pacquiao-Bradley.

In the opening bout of the proposed double header would be a lightweight battle between Cuban Olympic gold medalist and former featherweight world champ, Yuriorkis Gamboa (26-0, 16 KOs) and Mikey Garcia (34-0, 28 KOs), current WBO super featherweight champ and former featherweight titlist.

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