Mendoza: Alvarado sets up Pacquiao vs. Marquez 5

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By Al S. Mendoza

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Monday, May 19, 2014


MIKE Alvarado absorbed his third loss on Sunday (PHL Time) because he was a perfect prey for Juan Manuel Marquez.

Alvarado’s face unmasked the mismatch: Welts almost all over, an ugly mouse on the left part above the left eyebrow, both eyes appearing like, in the words of American sportswriter Mark Whicker, “slots in a Vegas casino.”

The scores of all three judges would not lie, too: 117-109 on two cards, 119-108 on the third and final tally. Mine was 117-109.

Alvarado was flat-footed at the start. You are that against Marquez, welcome to my parlor.

Alvarado was a bit moving at the finish. You are that against Marquez, the guillotine sparkles in the sun.

Alvarado rarely threw his supposedly powerful right. You are that against Marquez, you’ll pay for it.

From the first round to the seventh was boringly photocopy: Marquez connecting consistently, Alvarado inconsistently combining meekness with subdued aggression.

In boxing, you have fists to win, not gloves for cover. Alvarado was that this Sunday in Inglewood, California. If that didn’t irk his neighbors in Denver, Colorado, he must be a saint to them.

It took a tumbling knockdown in the eighth that saw Alvarado almost fall off the canvas from an overhead right to the face to trigger anger from within him.

But not after he was saved by the bell, still glassy-eyed after beating the count of 10 as he groped for the stool in his corner.

For, in the ninth, instead of throwing caution to the wind amid Marquez’s pursuit to end the interrupted mayhem, Alvarado mixed it up. He was triumphant, dropping the Mexican with a right to the jaw.

But, as usual, Marquez rose, rather quickly as in the five times he got floored by Manny Pacquiao in their four previous fights, not showing even a hint of pain, let alone grogginess.

That proved to be Alvarado’s lone won round and Marquez, proud up to the end, downgraded it: “I got a little careless. And he caught me.”

With the victory, Marquez is now all set for a fifth match against Pacquiao?

I will not object. With two brilliant recoveries after that sixth-round KO loss to Marquez in 2012, Pacquiao deserves it. Boxing, too.

(alsol47@yahoo.com)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 20, 2014.

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