March 28, 2014
By: Chris DeGuia
On May 17, 2014, boxing is back at the Forum in Inglewood, California. The Forum had history in hosting boxing events, hockey, concerts, basketball (mainly the Lakers home games) and etc. Juan Manuel fought at the Forum more than ten times before at the early start of his boxing career. Marquez is 12-0 at the Forum. The Forum is owned currently by Madison Square Garden Company. The Forum did a lot of refurbishing after being sold by MSG.
For the new first ever fight at the new refurbished Forum Top Rank is have Juan Manuel Marquez vs Mike Alvarado. The bout is for the WBO welterweight eliminator. The winner of the bout will fight the winner of the Manny Pacquiao vs Timothy Bradley for the WBO.
I attended the press conference for Marquez-Alvarado and I heard what both fighters had to stay about May 17, 2014. After the press conference, the media, and press did interviews with both fighters. For me, I did an interview with Mike Alvarado before he did more interviews with both networks. I recorded a group interview with Juan Manuel Marquez even though the security was uptight and the stage was small. Then I interviewed Marquez's strength and conditioning coach Angel Heredia and trainer Nacho Beristain.
Here are the interviews,
Juan Manuel Marquez
Ticket prices for Marquez-Alvarado are priced at $400, $250, $150, $75 and $35 dollars. Tickets can be purchased at The Forum box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster online and Ticketmaster charged by phone 1(800) 745-3000. Tickets will go on sale on April 1, 2014 at 12:00 PM PT/ 3:00 PM ET. Also if you purchased tickets at $75 and $35 dollars at the box or via Ticketmaster on April 1st at 12:00 PM-4:00 PM pacific time, you will get a complimentary companion ticket to the inaugural brawl. Limit six (6) tickets per order. If you cannot make it out to the fight, it will air on HBO.
Overall, I enjoyed the press conference, I was able to get a one on one interview with Mike Alvarado but for Juan Manuel Marquez, I could not be able to get one due to media/press crowding him up, the stage was so small, and most importantly the security at the Forum was so uptight on Marquez.