Juan Manuel Marquez will co-headline a pay-per-view on April 14, also featuring Brandon Rios. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
According to Crystina Poncher, Top Rank and HBO are putting together a pay-per-view event for April 14 featuring Juan Manuel Marquez and Brandon Rios in different fights, a split site show that will be live from Mexico City and Las Vegas.
It's unlikely that HBO will do anything more than serve as distributor for this show, so it'll probably be a return to the Latin Fury series that Top Rank has run off and on for years.
Marquez (53-6-1, 39 KO) will face Serhiy Fedchenko (30-1, 13 KO) in Mexico City in what will probably serve as the night's main event, at least in that it will likely be the last fight of the night to air. The interim WBO junior welterweight title will be on the line for the fight.
Fedchenko, 30, recently fought on the Klitschko vs Chisora undercard in Germany, beating Laszlo Fazekas over eight rounds that all went one way. There's no way to put it otherwise, so let's just be blunt: No, he is no challenge whatsoever for Marquez, who is simply in a different league.
Marquez, 38, is looking to win this one as basically a tune-up, then move on to a July fight possibly at Cowboys Stadium, and then ultimately, he's aiming to face Manny Pacquiao a fourth time by the end of the year. Interestingly, Brandon Rios has already said that he wanted to fight Marquez in July, so that may be a possibility.
Rios, of course, is facing replacement opponent Richard Abril at Mandalay Bay on April 14. Also coming from Vegas will be the junior welterweight fight between Mike Alvarado and Mauricio Herrera, and a guess for the show's opening fight would be lightweight prospect Mercito Gesta, who is tentatively set to face Luis Antonio Arceo on that show.
This show is coming together because HBO decided not to air Rios vs Abril after Yuriorkis Gamboa pulled out of the date, an understandable move by the network considering Abril has no name value whatsoever. If they back this show as a distributor, they're not on the hook for anything, so that makes sense for both HBO and Top Rank, too.
The main downside to this news is that this will make for three pay-per-view shows for boxing fans in a span of less than two months, as Mayweather vs Cotto is on May 5, followed by Pacquiao vs Bradley on June 9, and then if that July 14 show does go off as currently planned, that could be pay-per-view, too.