Former world light-welterweight champion Mike Alvarado has agreed in principle to a showdown against Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez, and his camp is now waiting on “Dinamita” to agree to the fight as well.
“The fight is done for us in principle, and we’re just talking in monetary terms. So it’s about the money,” Alvarado’s manager, Henry Delgado, told RingTV.
“From their standpoint, it is done,” added Top Rank chief executive Bob Arum.
Alvarado was last seen losing to Russia’s Ruslan Provodnikov.
“Mike feels embarrassed, so he’s going to be really up for this fight. Mike didn’t train like he should have for that last fight, and everybody could see that,” Delgado said. “But this fight, he’s taking it very, very seriously.”
Arum said they are now waiting for Marquez to finish his discussions with promoter Fernando Beltran.
According to a report from Boxing Scene, Marquez is still “mulling” the Alvarado fight, with Beltran saying the bout may be held on May 17 in Inglewood, California.
“It would be a great fight,” Beltran acknowledged, “but that depends on Juan Manuel. He will decide if he wants that fight. I do not command his career.”
Like Alvarado, Marquez is coming off a loss, having dropped a split decision to American Timothy Bradley Jr. last October, the same month Alvarado was stopped by Provodnikov.