A fight that is being overlooked this weekend is longtime pain in Manny Pacquiao's neck, Juan Manuel Marquez, taking on little-known Ukrainian fighter Sergey Fedchenko. The two will be fighting for the vacant WBO junior welterweight crown in Mexico City Saturday night, as a co-main event with the Brandon Rios-Richard Abril WBA title bout on HBO pay-per-view.
The fight is not one of the bigger fights Marquez had hoped for after losing yet another controversial decision to Pacquiao last November, but a win against Fedchenko most likely sets up a bout with one of the two fighters he originally wanted, the winner of the June bout between Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley.
Fedchenko (30-1, 13 KOs) is entering a heavy hometown advantage for Marquez (53-6-1, 39 KOs), as the Mexican-born fighter is making his first appearance in his hometown of Mexico City since 1994. Marquez will be the main attraction of the first sporting even held at the newly opened, $300 million Mexico City Arena.
Look for Marquez to dominate the fight, as this will be the first time in Fedchenko's 31 professional fights that he will be fighting outside of Europe. Fighting in the hometown of one of the top five pound-for-pound fighters in the world will make nerves a factor in the bout.
Marquez will be out for blood after the latest disappointing chapter of his saga with Pacquiao and I think the 40th-knockout victory of Marquez's storied career will be almost a sure bet against the largely untested European champ.
Mick Akers is a boxing featured columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @mickakers
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