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Juan Manuel Marquez vs Mike Alvarado: Winner gets victor of Pacquiao vs Bradley

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Saturday, May 17, Juan Manuel Marquez (55-7-1) will take on Mike Alvarado (34-2) at a catch weight of 143 pounds. The bout will be held at the Forum in Inglewood, California and televised on HBO.

Interestingly, the victor will become the mandatory challenger for the winner of Timothy Bradley vs. Manny Pacquiao taking place on April 12th.

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Promotionally, both men are under contract with Bob Arum's Top Rank, which makes it a realistic idea that the winner will fight the winner of Bradley vs. Pacquiao. Thus, the stakes of the match up become enormously heightened as the winner will get the opportunity at another world title.

Even more, both men are coming off losses in title bouts. Therefore, it is no secret that they will be looking to get back into the title picture and need a victory to display to the world they they are deserving of another opportunity.

For Marquez, a victory would lead into a rematch with either Bradley or Pacquiao. However, many boxing fans would love to see a fifth fight with Pacquiao as they have taken part in some fascinating match ups.

Alvarado, on the other hand, is looking to regain another world title as he lost his light welterweight title to Ruslan Provodnikov (23-2) in October of 2013. Even more, with rival Brandon Rios getting an opportunity at Pacquiao, it is only fair that Arum, Alvarado's promoter, attempt to provide him with the same opportunity he provided Rios. Hence, it is Marquez that will serve as the gateway for Alvarado to get the megafight and enormous payday he seeks against the likes of Pacquiao.

Consequently, it will be intriguing to depict the outcome of this match up as it has enormous implications for the future of the welterweight division. Due to the conflicts between Golden Boy and Top Rank, the list of championship caliber opponents for both men is limited , but credit must be given to all parties as both have been put in a position for another chance at glory and a welterweight title in the future.

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