Marquez vs. Judah: Possible Cowboys Stadium Clash to Be Announced This Monday?

Henry MartinSenior Analyst IMay 5, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 12:  Juan Manuel Marquez (L) hits Manny Pacquiao in the 11th round of their WBO world welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena November 12, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao retained his title with a majority decision victory.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Ethan Miller/Getty Images

It has barely been a month since Juan Manuel Marquez (54-6-1 39 KOs) beat Serhiy Fedchenko (30-2 13 KOs) in Mexico City. Marquez was coming off of a controversial loss to Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2 38 KOs) and was looking to get back onto his feet by putting on an impressive show for his fans in Mexico by fighting in Mexico City for the first time in almost 18 years.

Marquez is still angry over the fact that he believes that he defeated Pacquiao again, but wasn't able to win on the scorecards as Pacquiao took a majority decision. He's now pursuing a fourth matchup against Pacquiao to prove that he can officially prove he's better than Pacquiao by putting the W on his record.

Plans were to have Marquez fight one more time in July before deciding whether he'll be given an opportunity to face Pacquiao yet again in the fall, given Pacquiao wins his upcoming fight with undefeated Timothy Bradley (28-0 12 KOs).

Talks were that Marquez wanted to face a southpaw to help prepare him for Pacquiao, just like when Marquez fought Likar Ramos before he faced Pacquiao last year.

Names being tossed around as possible opponents early on were undefeated Mercito Gesta (25-0 13 KOs) and world title challenger Paul McCloskey (23-1 12 KOs). Brandon Rios was considered at one point to be an opponent, but Marquez reportedly wasn't interested in fighting Rios.

Earlier today, Steve Kim tweeted that Arum is going to make the announcement for Marquez's next fight this Monday and there's a possibility it may be Zab Judah (42-7 29 KOs).

"Steve Kim ‏ @stevemaxboxing
Bob Arum says JM Marquez announcement on who he faces next will be made on Monday. My money( which I have zero) is on Brandon Rios #boxing"

"Steve Kim ‏ @stevemaxboxing
Ok, new name thats been mentioned to face JM Marquez on July 14th.... Zab Judah.....Couple of solid sources have told me tha"

Chris Mannix from has also tweeted that talks between the two promoters are actually getting serious.

"Chris Mannix ‏ @ChrisMannixSI
"Hearing Main Events and Top Rank are having serious talks about a Zab Judah-Juan Manuel Marquez showdown in July"

Now, this is just Twitter banter, but we'll find out if all of this is true this coming Monday. It seems likely, though, that this fight may happen as Judah is a southpaw, quick and experienced. With a win over him, any resume would look good. 

This is an intriguing matchup and would be better than a matchup with Gesta or McCloskey. Zab has fought better competition, is better known and looked fantastic in his last fight against former undefeated prospect Vernon Paris.

Do I think he'll win?

No, but he'll put on a better show than the other opposition that was rumored to be in the running.