Mayweather Jr. Vs. Marquez: Get Ready for a Snoozer

Joe OneillCorrespondent IIMay 11, 2009

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Why didn't Floyd Mayweather Jr. wait to come out of 'retirement' to fight the winner of the Pacquiao-Hatton fight? 

I have no idea.

It would have been amazing PR for Floyd to be at ringside and announce he would un-retire to fight Manny. The hype would have started five minutes after Hatton lay flat on his back. 

Instead, he chose to fight Juan Manuel Marquez. 

I love Marquez. The guy is an absolute warrior. He fought Pacquiao twice better than anyone has ever fought him.

But this fight will be a sleeper.

Do yourself a favor and don't buy the PPV. Wait for the replay on HBO.


First, Floyd Mayweather Jr., in spite of his magnificent talents, is the most boring fighter I've witnessed in the past 20 years. 

He's a defensive counter-puncher who will win early wins and then sit back and run. 

Marquez is also a counter-puncher. Someone who would rather wait for his opponent to attack and then counter with devastating body shots. 

That's why the Pacquiao-Marquez were so entertaining. Manny, being his usual aggressive self, pressed the action and Marquez retaliated. 

The same with the Juan Diaz fight. Diaz is one of the most aggressive fighters in the game today. His fight with Marquez was immensely entertaining because Marquez countered the constant barrage of flurries from Diaz - finally knocking him out.

I guess Mayweather Jr. will win this fight but it won't be pretty to watch. I don't see either fighter getting knocked out. I see both waiting for the other to press the action. There will be a lot of circling, holding, and lulls in action. 

The more important issue is the political one.

Everyone wants to see a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight. It will mean huge paydays for both fighters and boxing could really use a mega-fight right now. 

The judges will know that and they'll act accordingly.

Marquez will need a knock-out to win. It won't be enough to come close or win by a decision. 

I don't think he can knock out Mayweather.