Juan Manuel Marquez and Mike Alvarado due to square off at Fabulous Forum

If you don’t have a ticket, catch the Juan Manuel Marquez-Mike Alvarado welterweight main event Saturday night from the refurbished Fabulous Forum in Inglewood on HBO.

The winner of this bout is expected to be offered a fight with welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao.

The main event is expected to go off about 8:15 p.m.

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HBO’s ‘Road to Marquez/Alvarado’ will debut on April 19

The 15-minute documentary entitled “Road to Marquez/Alvarado” will debut April 19 on HBO. It will preview the upcoming May 17 welterweight title-unification fight between Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico and Mike Alvarado of Denver that will take place at the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood.

HBO will televised the Top Rank Inc. fight from the venue in which Marquez made his bones in the 1990s.

The winner of this fight is expected to get a shot at the winner of the April 12 welterweight title fight between champion Timothy Bradley and Manny Pacquiao at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (on HBO pay-per-view).

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Tickets now on sale for Juan Manuel Marquez-Mike Alvarado at Fabulous Forum

Tickets for the May 17 welterweight title-elimination fight between Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico and Mike Alvarado of Denver go on sale Tuesday (April 1) at noon.

They are priced at $35, $75, $150, $250 and $400 and can be purchased at the Forum box office, or through Ticketmaster by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.fabulousforum.com.

Anyone purchasing a ticket for $75 or $150 between Noon and 4 p.m. Tuesday (April 1) will receive a complimentary companion ticket with a limit of six purchased tickets per order.

Marquez-Alvarado will be televised by HBO.

Marquez (55-7-1, 40 KOs) made his bones at the Forum in the 1990s on his way to becoming one of Mexico’s legendary fighters. Alvarado is 34-2 with 23 knockouts.

The winner of this fight is expected to get a shot at the winner of the April 12 welterweight title fight between Timothy Bradley and Manny Pacquiao at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (on HBO pay-per-view).

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Juan Manuel Marquez, Mike Alvarado slated for May 17 at Forum in Inglewood

Top Rank Inc. vice president Carl Moretti on Thursday said that an agreement has been reached for former world champions Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico and Mike Alvarado of Denver to square off in the welterweight main event May 17 at the Forum in Inglewood.

“The paperwork was agreed to last night and this morning and is being sent out as we speak,” Moretti said of the fight, which will be contested at a catch-weight of 143 pounds.

The winner is expected to face the winner of the April 12 welterweight title fight between champion Timothy Bradley and Manny Pacquiao at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Moreover, Moretti said Top Rank plans to hold more big cards at the Forum, where Dr. Jerry Buss successfully promoted boxing in the 1990s.

Moretti said it’s difficult at times finding an open date at Staples Center, what with the Lakers, Clippers and the NHL’s Kings housed there.

“It’s a great option to have,” Moretti said. “With the history of the Forum, it’s a natural.”

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Timothy Bradley retains title with a split-decision over Juan Manuel Marquez

Timothy Bradley vowed to box more against Juan Manuel Marquez than he did against Ruslan Provodnikov in March, when Bradley defeated Provodnikov via narrow decision but sustained a concussion and was decked in the process.

Bradley kept his word and it was likely the biggest reason why he defeated Marquez via split-decision Saturday before 13,111 at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

Judges Robert Hoyle and Patricia Morse Jarman had Bradley winning by respective scores of 115-113 and 116-112, while Glenn Feldman had Marquez winning 115-113.

Bradley (31-0) made the second successful defense of his title.

Marquez (55-7-1), of Mexico, bemoaned the decision in the post-fight news conference.

“We came prepared to give a good fight,” he said. “I think the people saw a good performance. But unfortunately, the judges did it again.”

Marquez said that is his mind, it was the sixth time he’s been robbed of a victory. Of his seven losses, five have come in Las Vegas.

“I am more scared of the judges than the opponents,” Marquez said.

Bradley, of Palm Springs, was booed several times by the pro-Marquez crowd for moving around a lot, using those boxing skills. He defended his strategy.

“I like to step in there and fight,” he said, “but I had to listen to my corner to get this win because Marquez is a big puncher.”

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Check out the results for fights underneath Timothy Bradley-Juan Manuel Marquez

Several fights have already taken place Saturday night at Thomas & Mack Center, where Timothy Bradley will defend his welterweight title against Juan Manuel Marquez (on HBO pay-per-view).

Brad Solomon of Lafayette, La., is now 21-0 after winning an eight-round unanimous decision over Kenny Abril (14-7-1) of Rochester, N.Y., in the welterweight division.

Light heavyweight Trevor McCumby (13-0) of Chicago won a six-round unanimous decision over Eric Watkins (10-5-1) of Morgantown, West Virginia.

Also, Mikael Zewski (21-0, 16 KOs) of Canada stopped Albert Herrera (9-10-1) in the fifth round of their welterweight bout that was scheduled for eight rounds. The bout was halted at the request of Herrera’s corner.

Also, Jun Doliguez of the Philippines is now 17-0-1 with 13 knockouts after knocking out Geovanny Caro (23-14-4) of Mexico at 2:59 of the sixth round of their featherweight bout slated for six rounds.

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Timothy Bradley, Juan Manuel Marquez make weight for Saturday’s title fight

Welterweight champion Timothy Bradley of Palm Springs and challenger Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico on Friday both made weight for their title fight Saturday at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas (on HBO pay-per-view).

Bradley came in at 146 pounds, one pound under the welterweight limit. Marquez tipped the scales at 144 1/2.

Bradley, 30, is 30-0 with 12 knockouts. Marquez, 40, is 55-6-1 with 40 knockouts.

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Timothy Bradley-Juan Manuel Marquez weigh-in to be shown live Friday on HBO

Friday’s weigh-in for the Timothy Bradley-Juan Manuel Marquez welterweight title fight Saturday at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas will be televised live on HBO-East at 3 p.m. (6 p.m. delayed on regular HBO).

Bradley, 30, will be attempting to make the second successful defense of his belt. He is 30-0 with 12 knockouts. Marquez, 40, is 55-6-1 with 40 knockouts.

The fight will be televised by HBO pay-per-view.

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Timothy Bradley, Juan Manuel Marquez arrivals in Las Vegas open to public

Welterweight champion Timothy Bradley of Palm Springs and Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico will make their Las Vegas arrivals Tuesday at the south valet entrance of Wynn Las Vegas.

Bradley is scheduled to come through at 12:30 with Marquez arriving at 1. The event will be open to the public.

Bradley (30-0, 12 KOs) will defend his belt against Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KOs) on Saturday at Thomas & Mack Center (on HBO pay-per-view).

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Timothy Bradley not worried about scoring for fight with Juan Manuel Marquez

With the recent scoring controversy in Las Vegas on Sept. 14 as well as one this past Saturday in Carson, it wasn’t surprising to hear a reporter ask Timothy Bradley during a conference call if he is concerned about getting a fair shake from the judges when he defends his welterweight title against Juan Manuel Marquez on Oct. 12 at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

Apparently, he’s not.

“Man, I am going to whoop his (butt) and the judges are going to give me the fight,” Bradley said. “Just like the U.S. Government, I am going to shut down Juan Manuel Marquez on Oct. 12. I am going to win the fight – that is the bottom line.

“I’m not concerned about any judges or any ref. I am going to get in there and do my job and beat Marquez. And that’s it. And the world’s going to see it.”

On Sept. 14, C.J. Ross scored the junior middleweight title fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez at MGM Grand a 114-114 draw. Alvarez appeared to have won no more than one round. Fortunately, Mayweather still won a majority decision.

Last Saturday at StubHub Center, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. was scored a unanimous-decision winner over Bryan Vera. Most ringside observers had Vera winning a close fight. A few had it even, this newspaper had Chavez winning 96-94. The scorecard of Carla Caiz was 96-94 for Chavez, which at least seemed reasonable. The outcry really came over the cards of Marty Denkin and Gwen Adair, who had Chavez winning by respective scores of 97-93 and 98-92. Adair’s card, in particular, seemed well off the mark.

The judges for Bradley-Marquez will be Robert Hoyle, Patricia Morse Jarman and Glenn Feldman. The referee will be Robert Byrd. The fight will be available on HBO pay-per-view.

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