Sparks will fly Saturday when Floyd Mayweather faces Juan Manuel Marquez in Las Vegas
Floyd Mayweather Faces Juan Manuel Marquez in Las Vegas on Saturday Night
Las Vegas, Nev. (Friday, September 18, 2009) – When Floyd Mayweather (39-0, 25 KOs) last stepped into the ring in December of 2007 and knocked out Ricky Hatton in convincing fashion, it was hard to deny his claims of being the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. A lot of time has passed since that lopsided win, and Mayweather has ended a two-year retirement to restate those claims when he faces the heavy-fisted Juan Manuel Marquez (50-4-1, 37 KOs) tomorrow night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
“A fighter who's lost before, he's got doubt,” Mayweather recently stated about his opponent. “There's a blueprint on how to beat Marquez. There's not a blueprint on how to beat Mayweather.”
A lot of questions surround Mayweather after his nearly two-year long hiatus from boxing, from questions surrounding his current skill set all the way to his reasons for returning to the ring. It is believed by some that Mayweather has consumed substantial financial woes that have forced him to lace back up his boots, while others think that the purse from a possible super fight with current pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao was simply too much for him to stay away from the sport. But before we can even begin to create images in our head of that fight, which would likely put boxing back into the spotlight for at least one night, Mayweather must handle his business tomorrow night against a very determined Marquez.
“It doesn't matter with me when the people say Mayweather (will) win," Mexico City native Juan Manuel Marquez said. "I will put my Mexican heart inside the ring."
Marquez last stepped between the ropes this past February and defeated Juan Diaz in what we have recently found out is the only way Diaz can lose in his hometown of Houston, which is by knocking him out. Paulie Malignaggi found this out the hard way in August when he appeared to have beaten Diaz at the Toyota Center by at least two rounds, but hometown bias gave a unanimous decision to Diaz and immediately incited massive controversy surrounding the integrity of boxing.
"I think Mayweather is going to come out with everything in the first round,” Marquez remarked. "He's not going to wait. If that happens, it's going to be a great fight."
Two of the most shining moments in the 16-year career of the underrated Marquez have come in a pair of fights with the aforementioned Pacquiao. The duo first faced one another in May of 2004 and battled to a draw, with Pacquiao knocking down the Mexican fighter three times in the first round only to see Marquez rebound and dominate the rest of the affair. They fought again in March of 2007 in another classic bout, yet again controversial, that ultimately saw Pacquiao take a split decision.
Marquez and Mayweather will be aired live Saturday night on HBO Pay-Per-View, while Pacquiao (49-3-2, 37 KOs) will next step into the ring against a worthy competitor in Puerto Rican fighter Miguel Cotto (34-1, 27 KOs) in November. If Mayweather and Pacquiao emerge victorious from those fights, they will likely face one another in the spring of 2010.