The showdown between Floyd "Money" Mayweather and Juan Manuel Marquez Saturday night does not have an actual belt on the line, but for "Money" Mayweather his title is.
For over a decade "Money" was considered the best Pound for Pound fighter in the world. Since his retirement in 2007, Manny Pacquiao has moved to No. 1 on that list and Floyd's opponent Saturday night, Marquez, is listed at No. 2.
Since this fight was signed Floyd has talked about being the Number One Pound for Pound fighter in the world. He has listed that, among other things, as his reason for coming back to the ring.
That is why he came back to fight such a tough fighter in Marquez. Floyd could have taken a warm up fight against a lesser opponent and then fought Marquez, or the Pacquiao/Cotto winner in Febuary. However, that is not Money's style.
Floyd is flashy, arrogant, obnoxious, and selfish, but he is also a marketing wiz and a brilliant promoter of himself and his fights. He knows that this was the fastest way for him to regain his coveted title as Pound for Pound Champion.
So now the question arises, Will he?
Can Mayweather come out of retirement, not having fought since 2007, and beat an opponent such as Marquez?
Marquez is the man that fought Pacquiao twice and took him to the limit both times, with a loss and a draw as the result. Many, including myself feel like he won at least one of those fights. He is a veteran of the ring.
He is an excellent counter puncher that is constantly putting pressure on his opponent and never stops coming forward. He has been a champion in the past and when Mayweather retired he was in the top 5 pound for pound rankings, moving as high as his current status at No. 2.
With all that said, I believe the answer to the question, Can Mayweather come out of retirement and beat an accomplished fighter such as Marquez, will be YES.
Money is such a student of the sweet science and always looks for his opponenets weaknesses, then exploits them. I believe he will be to fast for Marquez to effectively counter punch, and his hand speed will beat up Marquez as the rounds go on.
He will win this fight on the scorecards, possibly by a wide margin, and prove himself ready to fight the Pacquiao/Cotto winner coming up later this year.
This will be a good fight, especially for the boxing fan that enjoys the sweet science of the sport. It will not be as entertaining as the Marquez/Pacquiao fights were, but will be worth the $60 PPV fee for it. Mayweather's interview after his victory may be worth that alone.