Boxing

Battle Tested: Mexico's Number 1 Vs. America's Number 1

LAS VEGAS - SEPTEMBER 16:  Boxers Floyd Mayweather Jr. (L) and Juan Manuel Marquez face off during their final news conference at the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino September 16, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The two will fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 19 in Las Vegas.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Ronnie BlairContributor ISeptember 18, 2009

The time has come, the time is now. One of the greatest pure boxers of this generation re-enters the ring Saturday night. The fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Juan Manuel Marquez should be a good fight for as long as it last. The fight shapes to be competitive at first due to Floyd’s time away from the ring. And on HBO’s 24/7 the Marquez camp has stated that they would like to have a rapid pace in the earlier stages of the fight.

 

Before breaking down the fight it’s self lets take a look at the strengths and weaknesses of both of these excellent fighters. First we have Marquez, who in many people’s opinion bested Manny Pacquiao in there two fights. But these two battles show a clear weakness of Marquez. In both of the fights with Manny, Juan was put to the canvas; this is a weakness that may hurt him in the fight this Saturday night. On the flip side to that Marquez has a champion’s heart. The fights against Pacquiao showed that he will fight every round as if it is his last round. One of his best assets and greatest strengths is the amount of heart that he fights with.

 

What are the weaknesses of Mr. Mayweather? This is a great question, and the answer is his time away from the ring. Mayweather isn’t stepping into the ring with a guy that isn’t a threat. Marquez does have the ability to put Floyd down, if and only if Floyd gets uncharacteristically out of position. Many experts never give Mayweather credit for his tough bouts, but Ricky Hatton wasn’t easy nor was Jose Luis Castillo. In this match up Mayweather has many strengths, but the most import is his ability to punch. Mayweather’s power is over looked due to his tremendous defense; however don’t be surprised to see Floyd put the Mexican superstar down.

 

The fight will be tough for the first 6 rounds. Then Mayweather will make adjustments and start timing Marquez. I give the end to Floyd in this fight because he is the better of the two. If this fight was against say, Oscar De La Hoya I would pick Marquez to win. However, he will be fighting one of the best boxers in the generation and I just can’t see Mayweather losing to Marquez. Floyd by a late round KO.

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