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Juan Manuel Marquez: Is 'Dinamita' looking at a fifth fight with Manny Pacquiao prematurely?

Joseph Herron Updated
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Mexican fight legend and future Hall of Fame fighter Juan Manuel Marquez will turn 41 years old this August, but shows no signs of hanging up the gloves. The four division world champion’s primary motivation these days seems to be his hunger to make history in becoming the only Mexican born fighter to win five championship titles in five different weight divisions.

(Cool image courtesy of Desde el Ring)

In this era of deliberate matchmaking and careful economic consideration, Dinamita’s position is a very refreshing one.

The already great fighter wants to become even greater.

“I want to make history by winning another world title,” insists Juan Manuel Marquez. “No Mexican fighter has won world titles in five different weight divisions. It’s something that’s never been done. That is what I‘m looking forward to…winning that world title.”

Although Top Rank CEO Bob Arum is already eyeballing a potential fifth meeting between Marquez and eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao later this year, for the Pacman‘s WBO Welterweight title, the counterpunching sharp shooter realizes that this Saturday night’s bout with Mike Alvarado is an imperative in reaching his ultimate goal.

“Many people have been asking me this, but I’m not looking past Mike Alvarado,” claims the Mexico City native. “I am concentrating only on this fight. Maybe in the future I will think about a fight with Manny Pacquiao, but now the most important fight of my career is against Alvarado. He is a very strong and tough fighter.”

“Right now all I am thinking about is Mike Alvarado.”

But is the 40 year old ring technician being 100% truthful with fight fans and the boxing media.

History reveals that Juan Manuel Marquez has never looked past any fighter. He didn’t look beyond upset minded Filipino prospect Jimrex Jaca back in 2006, nor did he forget to prepare for perennial Featherweight contender Victor Polo in 2005.

But since that time, JMM has enjoyed a great deal of mainstream success with signature victories over Juan Diaz, Joel Casamayor, Michael Katsidis, and longtime nemesis Manny Pacquiao, which has finally garnered the long overdue adoration of the often selective and tough to please Mexican fight fans.

In fact, Saturday night’s main event from the Great Western Forum will be the first time Marquez hasn’t graced the PPV stage since November of 2010, when he stopped Michael Katsidis in nine hard rounds.

In the mind of the future Hall of Famer, is this weekend’s contest with Mile High Mike Alvarado indeed a trajectory bout, en route to ultimately competing for Manny’s coveted WBO strap and an historic fifth division world title?

While most ringside experts and fight pundits are predicting a tough but decisive victory for the four division world division champion, Alvarado is looking to make history of his own by earning the distinction of becoming the fighter who can potentially retire the Mexican fight legend this Saturday night.

And at 147 pounds, Mike Alvarado won't be showing up at Friday’s weigh-in resembling an unfortunate, emaciated soul on a late night infomercial. The once heralded Junior Welterweight title holder has taken a page from the “Chris Arreola” handbook in taking his show on the road, training for the long awaited match-up with JMM at an isolated gym in Glendora, California, to avoid any risk of temptation or distraction.

Marquez insists that he completely understands the dangers in facing a fighter with much to prove, like Mike Alvarado.

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“The most important thing for me right now is that Mike Alvarado is a great fighter,” states JMM. “He’s a very strong fighter. He wants to win and I want to win so that will make it a great fight. The people want to see these kinds of fights. He likes to fight and I like to fight so that’s what makes a great fight.”

“I’ve noticed that Mike Alvarado has the ability to use different techniques when he fights. But I’ve trained for the best Alvarado in the ring. I need to use all of my experience on Saturday night. This fight will be a war because Alvarado likes to fight. I like to fight and he likes to fight and the fans win because they like to see these kinds of fights.”

While the elusive fifth division world title currently serves as Juan Manuel Marquez's primary motivation in the sport of boxing, winning has always paramount for the 21 year fight veteran.

But in the theater of the unexpected that is boxing, anything can and often does happen.

"You go in the ring and you do the best you can...you win or lose," admits Marquez. "Whatever happens on Saturday night, you go back, take a look and analyze everything. But in my mind, all I think about is winning and continuing my career."
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