“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.” ― Sophia Loren
The number 40 is just a number attached to Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez’s age. On Saturday night at the Forum, Inglewood, California Marquez get his hands raise against Mike “Mile High” Alvarado, who is seven years his junior.
Marquez, despite the older man — started strong and finished strong — in over 12 rounds of welterweight action.
The Mexican warrior is like wine; the more he aged in the squared circle, the more exhilarating he become.
I’m really amazed; as Marquez gets older he turns into an extremely exciting aggressive counterpuncher. What made Marquez extremely exciting is that he’s more dangerous when he’s in trouble — you ask Manny Pacquiao.
Although, there’s not much activity during the first seven rounds, as the used to be all-out-brawler, Alvarado chose to box from outside. Marquez is harvesting points in those rounds. Alvarado gave up so many rounds, thinking he could outbox Marquez.
You can only do that unless you’re a boxer named Floyd Mayweather Jr. — you ask Marquez this time.
After six rounds, I thought, Alvarado should start thinking his plan B, if there is any.
The fight becomes interesting starting round 8 as Alvarado floored Marquez during the exchanges. But “Dinamita” exploded in round 9, dropping Alvarado with precise combination to the head.
In round 12 Marquez made the final push, landing precise combinations, peppering Alvarado. After the final bell, the scores were 117-109, 117-109, and 119-108 all for Marquez.
Marquez could face Manny Pacquiao again, if he wants, as this fight is for WBO title eliminator. Pacquiao is currently the WBO champion.
HBO’s Max Kellerman asks Marquez his willingness to fight Manny Pacquiao for the fifth time; I feel Marquez’s hesitation from his answers.
“So you wanna fight Pacquiao again yes or no?“ asked Kellerman. “We will relax, I don’t know for the moment, but any decisions that I will take will be good for me, my family and all the Mexican fans“ replied Marquez with uncertainty.