Floyd Mayweather Puts America and Boxing On His Back...Again

Daniel CarronContributor ISeptember 19, 2009

LAS VEGAS - SEPTEMBER 16:  Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. uses a hand grip during the final news conference for his bout against Juan Manuel Marquez 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)

We see the way the Europeans root for soccer. We see the Mexicans do it, too. We also see our neighbors to the south root on their country's boxing champions. China broadcasts games that Yao Ming plays in.

What happened to Americans rooting for Americans? Being a proud Michigan native, I root for everything Michigan. Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a Grand Rapids born American champion—one that I will be rooting for tonight.

He put the country on his back when he knocked Ricky Hatton's head off. He has done it in the Olympics for his country. He has done it throughout his unbeaten career. He brings excitement to a long-time American sport that has captured the world's attention throughout history with the likes of Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson to name a few.

Floyd is going to have his "hands" full tonight. Juan Manuel Marquez is a great fighter. He is a proud family man. He is scrappy and never gives up. He cannot save boxing the way "Money" Mayweather can. He cannot adapt to a fighter the way Mayweather can.

Maybe you root for Marquez because he is a family man. Maybe you root for Marquez because he is Mexican. Maybe you just want to see the "flashy" and "arrogant" Mayweather lose. It has not happened yet. It will not happen tonight. The "0" will not go.