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Alvarado Hopes To Land Pacquiao After Provodnikov

By Ronnie Nathanielsz

WBO light welterweight champion Mike “Mile High” Alvarado is looking forward to beating No.1 ranked Russian Ruslan Provodnikov when they clash at the 1ST BANk Center in the champion’s hometown just outside Denver, Colorado.

Carlos Narvaez reports that Alvarado can’t understand how Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios, whom he beat by a unanimous decision to win the title, landed a blockbuster fight against Pacquiao set for Macau on November 24.

Alvarado who had to shed off one pound to make the 140 pound limit looked drained at the weigh-in said the fight against the hard-hitting, rugged Perovodnikov, a former sparring partner of Pacquiao, means a lot to him ands he will “go out and make a statement.”

Alvarado was clearly disappointed he didn’t get the Pacquiao fight.

"I can't deny that when Rios got the fight against Pacquiao, I was really disappointed. I deserved that fight. But now, I'm the world champion and choose to remain focused. If I beat Provodnikov, who knows, maybe the next fight will be the dream fight, the long-awaited huge payday,” against Pacquiao.
 
But for that fight to take place Pacquiao who is training relentlessly in his hometown of General Santos City under the celebrated Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach has to beat Rios and even his promoter Bob Arum is not prepared to discuss a possible next fight for Pacquiao insisting that the Rios fight won’t be a walk in the park for Manny.
 
When a possible fight against Alvarado was being considered after Pacquiao suffered a crushing 6th round knockout against Juan Manuel Marquez last December 8 in Las Vegas, Team Pacquiao handlers felt Alvarado was a better boxer than Rios and was also heavy handed and it would have been a risk to take him on at this stage and opted for Rios instead because he appears tailor-made for Pacquiao with his come-forward style.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ADP02 on 10-19-2013

[QUOTE=hitking;13855997]If Floyd announced that he was fighting say, Lucas Matthysse in his next fight. This site would probably crash with amount of posts criticizing Floyd for fighting a jr welterweight coming off a loss. Yet Pac is fight a jr…

Comment by hitking on 10-19-2013

[QUOTE=HeroBando;13856063]Typical. Clottey was the only one coming off a loss, and that was a tossup fight that Floyd Jr had Clottey winning[/QUOTE] Every time Pac fought Morales he was coming off a loss. And personally, when I say "coming off…

Comment by HeroBando on 10-19-2013

[QUOTE=TLC8;13856095]Provo is gonna do a real beatdown of Alvarado. This guy hit several times harder than a smaller Rios, just ask Tim Bradley how hard he hits. Don't worry about a payday with Pacquaio. Worry about your medical insurance premiums…

Comment by HeroBando on 10-19-2013

[QUOTE=-Body Snatcher-;13856081]Rios style is easier for Pacquiao. I think that's why they made the decision to go with Rios.[/QUOTE] If Pac is right, neither of those guys should be very hard. But if his chin is cracked or he is…

Comment by TLC8 on 10-19-2013

Provo is gonna do a real beatdown of Alvarado. This guy hit several times harder than a smaller Rios, just ask Tim Bradley how hard he hits. Don't worry about a payday with Pacquaio. Worry about your medical insurance premiums…

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