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Marquez vs Peterson: Fight Would Be on PPV, JMM Tune-Up in April?

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Juan Manuel Marquez is looking to get a tune-up fight in April, and then a July date with Lamont Peterson. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Juan Manuel Marquez is looking to get a tune-up fight in April, and then a July date with Lamont Peterson. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Juan Manuel Marquez was set for a March 17 tune-up before a potential fight against WBA and IBF junior welterweight titlist Lamont Peterson, but that may be pushed back until April 14 or April 21 in Mexico. Peterson may also fight on the card, and David Diaz has been rumored as a Marquez opponent.

A fight between Marquez and Peterson, which is being targeted for July 14 in Cowboys Stadium, would be on PPV, according to Ernesto Castellanos.

That may disappoint some, but truthfully it's not going to be a cheap fight to make, would be a big knock into the HBO budget, and look, if you're going to book Cowboys Stadium, you don't want to do it with a card that has one or two televised fights. To get a crowd in there, they're going to have to load that baby up with good fights, and you'd want those good fights seen on TV.

It's one of those fights where PPV actually makes sense, both for the promoters and the TV network. It's not that it'll be some huge seller, it's that it's an expensive card, most likely. This is the sort of fight I don't mind paying to see -- it's got a lot of potential to be a very good or even great fight, and with a nice action undercard, it could be a very enjoyable summer night card.