Another Rumored Big Fight: Floyd Mayweather Jr. Vs Juan Manuel Marquez

EJ ClaudioCorrespondent IApril 20, 2009

LAS VEGAS - DECEMBER 08:  Floyd Mayweather Jr. celebrates his 10th round knockout of Ricky Hatton after their WBC world welterweight championship fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 8, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

It has been rumored that the Pretty Boy and Dinamita are set to take the stage on July 18 at a catch weight of 145 lbs. Now, doesn't that get your adrenaline pumping?

According to most boxing sites I've read, money was never the issue for this fight to take place. The only thing that is under negotiation is the weight. Juan Manuel Marquez doesn't want to move up to 147 and Floyd Mayweather Jr. doesn't want to go down to 140.

That's why a catch weight of 145 lbs. has been proposed. And I really do hope this fight gets done. How rare is it that we get to see two excellent boxers going at each other?

Looking at the tale of the tape, Floyd Mayweather Jr. stands at 5'8" while Juan Manuel Marquez is 5'7". There's just an inch that separates the two.

And when it comes to their weight, I don't think that Floyd will have any difficulty moving down even to 140, as his body is not that big compared to Miguel Cotto, although Floyd has some lean muscles.

When it comes to styles, they are both defensive fighters as Juan Manuel Marquez is known to be the best counter puncher in his division and Floyd Mayweather Jr. has a solid defense as well, with his shoulder rolls and great footwork.

And talk about power. They can both pack a punch, but we have yet to see if Marquez can carry his power up to welterweight. Marquez has recently knocked out Casamayor and Diaz, while Mayweather put down Hatton in his last fight.

If this gets done, I'll be rooting for Marquez. Juan Manuel Marquez will be the underdog here. But my prediction on the outcome is different.

I am predicting this to be a tactical fight in the earlier rounds, with Floyd using his speed and strength in the second half to come away with a TKO win around the 10th round.