Flash/Speed King, Bam Bam/Mile High Mike Predictions & My 2 cents on Pacquiao/Marquez 4
By: Albert Alvarez
Nonito Donaire 29-1 vs. Toshiaki Nishioka 39-4-3-
This is going to come down to speed versus quickness. Nishioka is a very speedy fighter that likes to run off shots, but at times, it looks to me that he banks too much on his lead left hand. Donaire on the other hand, has great quickness that at times his punches look like a blur. I see Donaire’s footwork being too tricky for Nishioka to figure out, by the time Nishioka begins to set up, Donaire would have already gotten off. Nishioka is a very good little fighter that has not lost in forever, but Nonito Donaire to me is just that special, so special that I would be far from shocked if Donaire ends up stopping the speed king. Nishioka will be very much in this fight, but I feel that Donaire is going to catch Nishioka with something deadly right down the middle after clipping Nishioka with a few check hooks. Donaire by close unanimous desicion, or by late stoppage around the 9th or 10th round.
Brandon Rios 30-0-1 vs. Mike Alvarado 33-0-
Both of these fighters get excited at the thought of the gun simply touching you. Rios to me is slightly better than Alvarado defensively, but Alvarado to me places his shots on the inside a little better than Rios can. Rios can fire off shots from top to bottom better than Alvarado can, but Alvarado to me puts a little more thought into the placement of the shots that he fires out. And that to me is going to be the key. I also feel that the fighter with the stay in your place jab is going to rally late and win this one. I feel that both fighters have an incredible will to win, but only one will be able to walk himself from the darkness into the light. Both fighters will find themselves in dark places through the course of this brutal fight, so that is why the victorius one will be the man with the killer will and the fighter with the vision to see that it will be best to fight smarter than harder in this hard grueling fight. At this point, I see Alvarado beating Rios in a very close split decision. It’s going to be a blood bath in there, a Gatti/Ward type of classic brawl.
The card, will take place this Saturday night, October 13th at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., and will headline HBO’s “Boxing After Dark” (10 p.m. ET/PT).
Pacquiao/Marquez will settle the score at 4-
We can all agree that the first 3 fights between Pacquiao and Marquez have been too close to call. Both fighters know that their time is now to go out there and go out swinging to score that knockout. That is the only way to create the ultimate separation from one another. Here is what I know to be true, Marquez has figured Pacquiao completely out, Pacquiao on the other hand, has no real clue as to how to solve this Marquez puzzle. Pacquiao tends to rely too much on his hand speed and punching power. Pacquiao must understand that against warriors like Marquez, punching power and speed mean very little when each shot is being turned over and each shot is being timed. Major changes will be made, and that is why, I can not wait to see Pacquiao’s answer to Marquez.