10 things we learned from Mayweather v Marquez
Rui Zheng c/o twodice.tv
1.) Despite speculation surrounding the ring rust of Floyd Mayweather, the former pound-for-pound champion quickly dispelled these notions by completely dominating Marquez in every way possible. Mayweather had the superior reflexes, quicker hands, quicker feet, and was simply the superior man in the ring.
2.) There is a timeless adage in boxing that a good big man always beats a good little man and that was once again proven as it was evident from the first round that Mayweather’s size completely overshadowed Marquez’ figure. Mayweather/Marquez was a fight that essentially featured a true lightweight taking on a true welterweight. Normally in circumstances such as this, the lighter fighter will have ostensible advantages in terms of reflexes and speed, however that was not the case tonight as Mayweather possessed every single advantage that one could think of.
3.) Mayweather once again had a chance to finish an opponent and decided to play it safe. Following Round 9, Marquez was ripe for a knockout and yet Mayweather deliberately continued his methodical routine of mixing in jabs, lead left hooks, and lead right hands with brief periods of aggression in between. This is nothing new to boxing fans as they can recall Mayweather’s fights against Judah and Baldomir when he decided to coast for a decision victory rather than give fans a scintillating knockout win.
4.) It’s back to the lightweight division for Juan Manuel Marquez. Marquez, who is 36 years old, only has a few more fights in his career. He could still improve on an already Canastota-bound resume by taking on the likes of Edwin Valero, Juan Diaz, or Joan Guzman. Remember, Marquez is still the lineal lightweight champion of the world and will continue to remain one of the top 5 fighters in boxing despite his loss to Mayweather.
5.) To give credit to Mayweather; yes, he was the younger, bigger, and faster than Marquez, but Juan Manuel Marquez was still the consensus #2 pound-for-pound fighter in the world behind Pacquiao and Mayweather made him look like an amateur. It doesn’t matter how much of a size advantage Floyd possessed -- if he can do that to someone as great as Marquez, then it should be considered one of the finest performances of his career along the likes of his knockout wins over Corrales and Genaro Hernandez.
6.) Round 2 was an extremely interesting round because Mayweather knocked Marquez down and appeared to have the Mexican hurt and wobbly with still a lot of time on the clock. Now the question is: what would the permutations in boxing have been surrounding the perception of Mayweather had he knocked Marquez out in the 2nd round? Would people have regarded Mayweather more highly if he had did that versus Mayweather shutting out Marquez for 12 rounds and outlanding him 5 to 1?
7.) Once again, Mayweather has blessed us with another… rather epic post-fight interview as we saw Team Mayweather and Team Golden Boy (consisting of Shane Mosley and Bernard Hopkins) launching verbal assaults upon one another with poor Max Kellerman caught between the crossfire. Part of me thinks that it was a calculated act on behalf of Mosley and Hopkins interceding into Mayweather’s interview as an attempt to stir up interest in a potential megafight between the two welterweights. Apparently Mayweather didn’t take too kindly with the interruption. And finally in a James Toney-esque move, Mayweather grabbed the microphone from Max Kellerman when questioned about his selection of Marquez as an opponent while Max anxiously signaled to Jim Lampley to take over at ringside.
8.) Mayweather/Marquez doesn’t really tell us anything about Cotto/Pacquiao. Mayweather and Cotto are two different fighters with different styles and the same goes for Marquez and Pacquiao. If anything, tonight’s fight might turn some heads towards Cotto as he approaches his November 14th showdown with Pacquiao, however it’s absurd to say that Pacquiao’s status as the favorite in the fight was somehow compromised based on Mayweather’s performance tonight.
9.) Before we get any more into a potential superfight featuring Mayweather and Pacquiao, let us examine some basic mathematics. Floyd Mayweather wants more than 50% if he were to fight Manny Pacquiao. Manny Pacquiao wants more than 50% if he were to fight Floyd Mayweather. Yeah… the negotiations aren’t going to be pretty. You could probably produce a whole television series based on Mayweather’s team negotiating with Arum.
10.) If I were to guess, here’s how I see things panning out: Shane Mosley fights Andre Berto in the early portion of 2010. Mayweather targets the winner of that fight. Pacquiao and Cotto face each other in November and the winner of that fight will take another bout in the early portion of 2010. Assuming that Mayweather defeats the winner of Mosley/Berto and the Pacquia/Cotto winner prevails and remains on a mini-winning streak, there could be a major welterweight fight in the summer of 2010 in what would probably be the biggest welterweight fight since De La Hoya/Trinidad. And if those two welterweights were Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, they would be battling for the title of the greatest fighter of our generation.
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