If all goes as planned Saturday night, Juan Manuel Marquez, the veteran technician, and Brandon Rios, the young aggressor, will clear their final hurdles to a July 14 junior-welterweight showdown at Cowboys Stadium outside Dallas.
"That's what I'd like to do," fight promoter Bob Arum said Friday. "We have to discuss terms with both, they both have to win, nothing is finalized, but it'd be a great fight.
"Brandon Rios is a tremendous warrior. Marquez is a masterful boxer."
Saturday night at 6 p.m. on pay-per-view television, Rios (29-0-1, 22 knockouts) will fight Richard Abril (17-2-1, 8 KOs) at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas while Marquez (53-6-1, 39 KOs) will fight Ukrainian Sergey Fedchenko (30-1, 13 KOs) in Mexico City.
Oxnard's Rios, who lost his lightweight world title when he couldn't make weight at Madison Square Garden before a December victory, is seeking the vacant World Boxing Assn. lightweight belt against Abril.