Monday, September 21, 2009

Boxing: Lopsided boxing clinic, anyone?

Call it sweet science, Floyd Mayweather Jr won a unanimous decision victory against Mexican fighter Juan Manuel Marquez in the welterweight showdown titled “Number One Numero Uno” held in the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Fresh from his 21-month long retirement, Mayweather showed top form in winning against many consider a much smaller opponent, Pacquiao nemesis Marquez.

For 12 staggering rounds, Mayweather repeatedly peppered the Mexican warrior with quick jabs and hooks with pinpoint accuracy, Mayweather’s signature shoulder roll deflecting most of JMM’s counters. Although Marquez was floored in the second round by a flash left hook, Mayweather failed to capitalize on this and the Mexican warrior continued to fight gallantly throwing ineffectual combinations against the ring tactician.

It doesn’t take rocket science to figure out that the fight was a lopsided victory for the physically imposing Mayweather, smirking all throughout the fight, whose choice of Marquez as an opponent for a comeback fight was in question. Marquez has never fought over the lightweight limit of 135 lbs having only fought Joel Casamayor and Juan Diaz 18 months back in an effort to keep up with erstwhile nemesis Manny Pacquiao.

For Marquez, the defeat only showed his ability to stick it out with the best. Having drawn and been beaten by a point against Pacquiao, JMM has been following the latter’s progress through the welterweight ranks hoping a win against Mayweather cementing a possible 3rd match with the People’s Champ. That will have to wait.

It was embarrassing for Mayweather having failed to make weight the day prior the match. Weighing 4 lbs heavier than the catchweight limit of 144, Mayweather could only remove 2 lbs after strenuous exercise. He officially weigh in at 146 lbs. Marquez weigh in 4 lbs lighter. The money man reportedly paid JMM a total of $600,000.00 for the extra poundage.

The fight, which was originally scheduled last July but cancelled due to a rib injury sustained by Mayweather during training, was a preview of a possible showdown with the winner of the Pacquiao-Cotto match coming in November.

Despite the win, Mayweather’s win over Marquez will not move him up the Pound-for-Pound rankings which he previously topped before his retirement. Known to duck worthy opponents, many believe Mayweather should fight natural welterweights in his class, namely: Miguel Cotto, Antonio Margarito, Sugar Shane Mosley, and even Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

In my opinion, his prior win over the aging Dela Hoya and Ricky Hatton, another small fighter, did nothing to cement his legacy in the sweet science of boxing.

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