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 an up-and-comer in 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.
Marquez has everything he needs to dominate Fedchenko and give local fans a long-awaited homecoming victory, but a rising contender appearing in the biggest fight of his career shouldn't be so easily dismissed.
Here are five keys to victory for Fedchenko against Marquez:
Stay mobile while you can
Stand your ground
Less is less
Off the ropes
Diego Morilla is a contributor to ESPNdeportes.com.