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Yuriorkis Gamboa (21-0, 16 KO) vs. Michael Farenas (34-3-4, 26 KO)
Yuriorkis Gamboa is returning after a 15-month hiatus, last seen defeating Daniel Ponce de Leon.
The 30-year-old has a perfect 21-0 record and is a big name in the U.S. based on numerous fights on television. He has decided to move up to super featherweight (130 pounds), where he will probably have no trouble winning based on the competition.
Michael Farenas will be the challenger. The 28-year-old Filipino has power, which his team has claimed will help him against Gamboa's questionable chin.
On the other hand, Farenas has never fought anyone of Gamboa's caliber. He fought Japan's Takashi Uchiyama to a technical draw in July, but Gamboa is still in another class.
Miguel Vazquez (32-3, 13 KO) vs. Mercito Gesta (26-0-1, 14 KO)
Miguel Vazquez is a top lightweight, but his lackluster performance against Marvin Quintero in October gave a lot of people pause and hurt his reputation.
Vazquez was guilty of not being aggressive enough in that fight despite having the tools and the opponent to do so, and his victory didn't seem like much of a victory at all, but more a long, drawn-out process.
Vazquez's three losses have come to Timothy Bradley, Jr. and Canelo Alvarez (twice). He knows what he's doing, and he's had some big wins in his career.
Mercito Gesta won't be an easy fight despite his lack of competition throughout the years. He is a confident fighter who won't back down and has an aggressive style in the ring. He's a strong boxer who fights well. If Vazquez takes him lightly, there's no telling what could happen.
But Vazquez's experience in the ring against tough opponents gives him an advantage here. He's also likely to come out more aggressively than he did against Quintero.
Javier Fortuna (20-0, 15 KO) vs. Patrick Hyland (27-0, 12 KO)
Javier Fortuna is beginning to garner some buzz after some convincing victories over Yuandale Evans and Cristobal Cruz over the past year.
The 23-year-old knocked out Evans in less than two minutes in April and followed that up with a second-round knockout of Cruz in July despite Cruz being a former IBF and IBO featherweight champion.
The first thing you notice is Fortuna's speed and agility inside the ring. He appears to glide at times. He also has the power to go along with it, and there are many who believe he's destined for big things moving forward.
Patrick Hyland doesn't figure to have much of a chance in this affair. He's fought much weaker competition throughout his career, and he doesn't have the tools of Fortuna. On top of that, Fortuna is rising like a rocket at the present moment, and Hyland has picked a bad time to fight the buzz-worthy Dominican.
Main Event: Manny Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KO) vs. Juan Manuel Marquez (54-6-1, 39 KO)
Juan Manuel Marquez has historically been Manny Pacquiao's greatest rival. He may have actually won their third fight in November 2011 if it wasn't for a controversial call by the judges to award Pacquiao the victory.
He's an aggressive but smart boxer who has a toughness and a chin hardened by years of fighting against imposing figures, including Floyd Mayweather, Jr. in September 2009 (a loss via unanimous decision).
Stylistically, the 39-year-old Mexican has always given the Filipino problems, and that doesn't figure to change this time around.
Of course, Pacquiao is one of the greatest boxers in history, but it's also clear he can't fight at the same furious pace, which is understandable given his resume.
Still, he was more aggressive against Timothy Bradley, Jr. in June, and I expect him to be more aggressive against Marquez in their fourth fight.