MANILA – Mexican boxer Juan Manuel Marquez said the reason he accepted the offer to fight Mike Alvarado is that it will bring him closer to a WBO welterweight title bout against either Manny Pacquiao or Timothy Bradley.
Marquez is chasing history by attempting to become the first Mexican to win a fifth world title in as many weight classes.
If he succeeds against Alvarado on May 17 in Los Angeles, then he will fight the winner between Pacquiao and Bradley.
“I took this fight because I’m looking for that fifth title,” he said in RingTV.
Before taking the Alvarado bout, Marquez was offered to take on Ruslan Provodnikov. But the Mexican said a win against the Siberian Rocky will have no effect in his legacy as a boxer.
“That’s why I did not choose to fight Provodnikov. He has the WBO 140-pound title. I already had that title. That’s no good for me. I want to make history,” said Marquez.
The WBO has already set the Marquez-Alvarado bout as an eliminator for the WBO welterweight title challenge.
That means, whoever wins between Pacquiao and Bradley will be mandated to face the survivor of the Marquez-Alvarado fight.