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Marquez vs Mayweather: Way To Go Marquez!!!!

Posted by beeshabo on June 2, 2009


Since retiring after his 10th round KO win over then undefeated Ricky Hatton, Floyd Mayweather has kept somewhat quiet, clearly basking in his hard earned wealth and taking time to enjoy life out of the boxing ring, and who can blame him. After spending more than half of his life training and competing at the highest level, Floyd Mayweather announced to the boxing world that he is stepping away from the sport, claiming he no longer loved boxing, and that his career had finally came to an end and would retire as an undefeated P4P champion, but did we really believe him? The answer is easy, NO. Of course some level of respect must be given to a man who had committed years of his life to such a demanding sport, but It was hard to think a fighter with his talent and perfected craft could end his career when it had finally reached the pinnacle of the sport, with that said, it was just a matter of time before he would be lacing them up again.

Since the retirement of Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao has fought his way to the #1 spot atop the P4P rankings, with wins over Juan Manuel Marquez, David Diaz, Oscar De La Hoya and Ricky Hatton, Pacquiao is a storm headed for greatness and has solidified his claim as boxing’s best.  Although many would argue (myself included) that Pacquiao failed to convincingly beat Juan Manuel Marquez, it has been written in the history books that Manny Pacquiao holds one draw and one win over the Mexican Great, but, history also tells us that a third and final match would indeed, settle the score, after all, how else will we ever know who is actually better? We won’t. Since their epic battle in March of 2008, Juan Manuel Marquez followed Pacquiao up to the Lightweight division, scoring impressive KO victories over then #1 Lightweight Joel Casamayor, and former Lightweight powerhouse Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz. Marquez proved he was not only the best Lightweight in the world, but one of boxing’s best, period. Marquez worked his way up to #2 P4P with two well deserved wins and an iron will to fight anyone, anywhere. In a post fight interview with Max Kellerman, following his 9th round destruction of Juan Diaz, Marquez expressed his frustration with Pacquiao, stating that since the Filipino did/does not want to fight with him again, he will move on to fight who he felt was the best of the best, that man being none other than, Floyd Mayweather Jr. (who of course was retired at the time). In the following month, news spread through the boxing forums that Floyd Mayweather Jr. was ready to dance again and was looking for a partner, how convenient, Right? Right.  On May 2nd 2009, after a short lived retirement, Floyd Mayweather Jr. officially announced his return to the sport, with millions to be earned and a legacy to protect, Mayweather returned to face Pacquiao’s rival, Juan Manuel Marquez.

As much as I hate this matchup for Marquez, I’m glad to see that he is doing very well for himself, he had spent many years in the shadows of his fellow countrymen greats, Marco Antonio Barrera and Erik Morales. But since the decline of those two warriors, Marquez has reached a level in the sport that he and many felt would be nothing but a dream, but he has managed to work hard and bag a fight with one of the current ‘Money Makers’ of the sport, set to make a stand on a grand stage, against an undefeated fighter who is considered to be one of the most gifted boxers to ever lace up a pair of gloves..Way to go Marquez!!!

I am a huge Maruqez, I love his heart and determinatino, this article is in now way meant to take  away from Manny Pacquiao, he is indeed a great fighter, his win over Ricky Hatton proved to me that he is a force in boxing and has a chance against anyone, but I’m also a realist, I don’t watch fights or write articles wearing ‘fan blinders’, I see things for what they are. Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez are EQUALS, we have yet to find out who is the better fighter, the first fight was a draw, the second fight was a one point win for Pacquiao, and it was such a close fight, that it could have gone either way, Pacquiao can on to defeat more and more top notch competition, but until he convincingly defeats Marquez, they will always be each other’s equal.


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