An interesting HBO doubleheader is being talked about for February 2, the night before the Super Bowl, which would see Orlando Salido face Mikey Garcia in a rescheduled bout, and a Puerto Rican showdown between Juan Manuel Lopez and Wilfredo Vazquez Jr.
Ernesto Castellanos reports that there is talk of an HBO doubleheader on February 2, 2013, the night before the Super Bowl, featuring a rescheduled Orlando Salido-Mikey Garcia fight, as well as an all-Puerto Rico showdown between press rivals Juan Manuel Lopez and Wilfredo Vazquez Jr.
If it did happen, it's obviously a pair of terrific matchups that could provide plenty of action. Salido (39-11-2, 27 KO) and Garcia (29-0, 25 KO) were supposed to meet on November 10, but Salido pulled out due to injury. Garcia is now going to face Jonathan Barros on that date on HBO. If he wins as expected, he'll still be in line to face Garcia.
Lopez (31-2, 28 KO) and Vazquez Jr (22-2-1, 19 KO) have been on something of a collision course for a while now, trading barbs in the media. Vazquez Jr most recently fought on October 6, beating Jonathan Oquendo in a hard-fought battle in Bayamon.
Recently, Vazquez Jr said that he'd rather wait to fight Lopez when there's a world title at stake, and that could perhaps be arranged if something goes vacant. Vazquez doesn't seem committed to the idea no matter what, though, saying he doesn't want to undo his promoter's hard work in getting him back in line for a title shot. Lopez hasn't fought since losing to Salido in a Fight of the Year contender on March 10. His WBO suspension was recently lifted, too.
There has also recently been talk of a Lopez fight against Rey Bautista. I would expect Salido-Garcia to be made for February if Garcia wins on November 10, but my gut feeling is that unless there's a lot of money involved, Lopez-Vazquez Jr will wait.