Zab Judah

Marquez vs. Judah in the Works for July 14, 2012 and It Will Steal the Show

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 12:  Juan Manuel Marquez reacts in the ring as he takes on Manny Pacquiao during the WBO world welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 12, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Vitali SCorrespondent IMay 8, 2012

Some of you have already heard that July 14, 2012 should have a very controversial fight in store for all boxing fans.

The David Haye (25-2, 23 KOs) vs. Dereck Chisora (15-3, 9 KOs) bout is being pushed forward, with a date and venue already booked. It seems that on the same night, and in the same arena, Alexander Povetkin (24-0, 16 KOs) will be challenged by his mandatory Hasim Rahman (50-7-2, 41 KOs).

While I don’t believe that this fight would turn out to be a blockbuster event worldwide, the recent drama between Haye and Chisora is bound to bring in decent viewing numbers. As far as July goes, this was going to be the biggest boxing event of the month.

That was until the news of a potential fight between Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Zab Judah had surfaced. Not only is this fight being seriously considered, but it is being planned for the very same day that Haye vs. Chisora is slated to take place.

In a recent interview with ESPN, Judah spoke up about his prospective bout against Marquez:

"It's a fight I have campaigned for. This is a fight I wanted a couple of years ago, and I still want it. I want him. He fought Floyd Mayweather and never touched him and he got dropped. I can do that, too. It's a fight that makes sense. Marquez wants a fourth fight with Manny Pacquiao. I want a fight with Manny Pacquiao, too. The winner should get Pacquiao."

If this fight truly comes to fruition, it will not only steal the thunder from any other boxing event of the summer, including Pacquiao vs. Bradley, but may turn out to be one for books. Both fighters have very fitting styles for a fight packed with action. Both Judah and Marquez are experienced boxers with respectable speed and skills.

I can see their fight turning out to be a real war in the ring, with numerous exchanges and lightning-fast combinations. Personally, I would have no problem ordering this fight as a PPV event, and I am picky about what I pay for.

Picking a winner of the fight, if it ever happens, should be challenging for anyone. I think that it will be a close fight, but in the end, Marquez’s unparalleled ability to counter-punch will win him the fight.

Judah is fast and will undoubtedly leave marks on Marquez, but he may start to slow down and get discouraged after being hit back every time he throws.

Would a winner deserve a fight against Pacquiao? If the Mayweather Jr. fight doesn’t materialize, I would say yes, the winner of that fight would be a good option for Pacquiao’s next fight.

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