Ever since Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. turned pro in 2003 observers have wondered whether he's truly world class or if he's the product of marketing and maneuvering. Sure, his 43-0-1 record is glossy and several performances have shown he has grit, but does he have the skills to deal with fellow titlists Gennady Golovkin, Daniel Geale and Dmitry Pirog, much less Sergio Martinez?
That's where Peter Manfredo Jr. comes in, for he's good enough to separate the wheat from the chaff. He's skillful enough to beat those of equal pedigree and below but fails when the level is raised. Does Chavez have the goods to get past Manfredo, or will "The Pride of Providence" show that the jig is up? Their CompuBox histories offer the following clues: