5 keys for Juan Manuel Marquez

Juan Manuel Marquez's lightweight title match with Ukraine welterweight contender Sergey Fedchenko on Saturday is widely considered an interim fight for Marquez (53-6-1, 39 KOs), a prelude to bigger and better things for the multiple-division champ from Mexico. It will also be a chance for Marquez to perform in front of his countrymen after an 18-year absence from the rings of his native Mexico City, in a split-site doubleheader shared with Brandon Rios' attempt to regain his 135-pound crown in Las Vegas.

The main event -- which will take place at the brand-new, 20,000-plus-seat Arena Ciudad de Mexico -- will match up-and-comer Fedchenko (30-1, 13 KOs) against one of the world's most experienced fighters. The clash of styles appears to favor Marquez in almost every department (chiefly, stamina and versatility) while the visitor can at least try to impose his larger frame and awkward, long-range fighting style.

A rising contender appearing in the biggest fight of his career shouldn't be so easily dismissed, but Marquez has everything he needs to dominate Fedchenko and give local fans a long-awaited homecoming victory. Here are five keys to victory for Marquez against Fedchenko:

Outlast Fedchenko

Speed and rhythm

Watch that cross

Give him the new combo


Diego Morilla is a contributor to ESPNdeportes.com.