Money is back this Saturday night. After a lengthy layoff and a WWE WrestleMania win, Floyd Mayweather Jr. returns to boxing. Juan Manuel Márquez moves up to welterweight to fight Mayweather after winning a few lightweight championships. Fans could see one of the biggest upsets in boxing this Saturday night.
Let’s not kid ourselves here. This fight is a tune up for Money Mayweather. The money (all pun intended) is on Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao. Rather than jump into the lion’s den, Mayweather will shake off some ring rust against Marquez. Could a year and a half off come back to haunt Mayweather this Saturday night?
[adinserter block=”1″]Marquez is more than just the urine drinking freak on HBO 24/7. Marquez is a very good fighter. Marquez has 50, that is fight 50 wins and 4 losses. 37 of those wins came via knockout. This is definitely not the guy you want to play with in terms of a warm up fight. If anything, Marquez would be the second fight along the ascension to Mayweather vs. Pac Man.
This isn’t Marquez’s first dance with an elite boxer. Marquez actually has two fights with Manny Pacquiao under his belt. Pacquiao was never able to put Marquez away in 24 rounds. Marquez actually survived three knockdowns in the first round in their first fight. The first fight was a draw and Pacquiao won the second via split decision. The second fight is one of the most controversial decisions of the decade, as many (me included) felt Marquez was robbed.
Guts or stupidity, whatever the reason Floyd Mayweather has picked Juan Marquez as his first fight out of retirement. I have read and listened to casual fans pick this as a Mayweather slaughter. I disagree completely. Mayweather will likely win, but this isn’t going to be Mayweather-Hatton. This one could get ugly if Money doesn’t end it quick, because Marquez is the kind of a fighter who seems to get stronger as the fight goes on.
The big winner here either way is boxing. Boxing desperately needs a shot in the arm right now. The fight will be going head to head with UFC 103 on pay per view. If Marquez wins, a Pacquiao-Marquez III bout should be a given. If Mayweather wins, I think we finally get the Mayweather-Pacquiao bout boxing fans have been waiting for. Regardless of the winner, it is up to Manny P to step up, fight the winner, and give boxing a much needed shot in the arm.
[adinserter block=”2″]I am going to predict a Juan Marquez upset here. My gut tells me Money, but I just think Marquez is being way too underrated in this fight. Once again, Pac Man couldn’t put him away in two fights. I just think that the layoff is going to be a problem for Floyd and the conditioning and timing may not be what it was a year and a half ago. I see a Marquez win and a celebration of urine at the post-fight Marquez party.
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