When Juan Manuel Marquez (56-7-1, 40 KO) defeated Mike Alvarado (34-3-0, 23 KO) via unanimous decision on Saturday night, the Mexican boxing legend put the attention on yet another rematch against Manny Pacquiao.
Another fight between Marquez and Pacquiao would be the fifth chapter in their storied rivalry.
While Alvarado proved to be a worthy challenger with plenty of power and speed, he was no match for the experience and toughness of Marquez. Even at 40 years old, Dinamita is still one of the most dangerous fighters in the sport.
After the victory over Alvarado, Marquez was asked about what’s next. He told the Associated Press, via USA Today, “We’ll relax first. I don't know at the moment, but any decision we make will be good for me, good for my family and good for the Mexican fans.”
There would be no bigger payday than another fight against Pac-Man, and Marquez and his team understand that. While Pacquiao would be the favorite in this fight, Dinamita should be brimming with confidence after yet another victory on Saturday.
Both Nigel Collins of ESPN and Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated understand just how important the fifth match would be for both men:
This is a rivalry that dates back to 2004, when the two men fought to a 12-round, split-decision draw. Both fighters staked a claim on the victory, and the controversy was only fueled when Pac-Man won by split decision in 2008.
Many fans hoped the third fight would answer the remaining questions, but Marquez once again lost by split decision in 2011. Pacquiao also won the fourth fight, but his inability to dominate Dinamita has created an amazing rivalry.
After Pac-Man lost to Timothy Bradley in 2012, he tried to bounce back against a fighter he thought he could beat handily. Not only did Pacquiao lose to Marquez, but the Mexican champion also knocked the legend out.
While most fans would rather see Pacquiao spend what little time he has left in the sport challenging Floyd Mayweather, the battle between HBO and Showtime is likely enough to keep that from happening anytime soon.
The best option for the fans, for the sport and for Marquez is yet another monster payday against Pac-Man. You can bet Dinamita’s payout percentage in the eventual deal will be much higher this time around after he beat both Pacquiao and Alvarado.
Regardless of which fighter were to win—this bout is tailor made for Pacquiao to bounce back with a KO victory of his own—all eyes have shifted to the possible fifth matchup between Marquez and his longtime foe.
*Stats via BoxRec.com.