This weekend we get a great treat when Juan Manuel Lopez steps into the ring with all-action legend Rafael Marquez. Similar to the undercard matchup, these two men are at different stages in their careers.
Lopez is a streaking young champion in two different weight classes with superb power. He is facing an older ring warrior with great power and an even bigger heart. Therefore, you have two heavy hitters in this fight.
Although Marquez is getting up there in age, he is still a top-five featherweight and this fight is important in the division. It will either launch Lopez into big money fights or stunt his growth for now.
Marquez is looking for that final shot at glory and another scalp to add to his hall of fame career. This is a fight that is guaranteed to be good because Marquez is never involved in a bad fight.
Lopez is the younger man and has been more active over the last few years. He has fought eight times compared to Marquez’s two times since 2008. I think this will play a major role in determining the winner
This is a tough one to call. Lopez is 29-0 and has 26 knockouts, while Marquez has 39 wins, with 35 of those coming by knockout.
I give the slightest edge to Marquez because he is a more accurate puncher, but Lopez can knock anyone out.
Whoever lands the harder shots will win this fight, plain and simple. Forget about speed, defense and everything else. This fight will simply come down to who lands the bigger and more timely shots
This is essentially a draw. Neither fighter has great hand speed and this won’t be a major factor. It will come down to who lands the cleaner punches.
Lopez gets the slight edge in this category. His defense is better and when he lets his hands go, he actually has pretty good defense.
Marquez’s defense comes from his offense, but you can hit him pretty cleanly most of the time.
Marquez has been knocked out four times in his five losses and Lopez has seen the canvas very frequently in his young career. With that being said both have pretty solid chins.
They both take a pretty good shot, but Marquez takes this because we have seen him take a lot of punishment in a fight and come back to win.
This is a fight that every fight fan should be looking forward to and it is a rare fight in terms of style. You have two of the best fighters in their division who can punch and aren’t afraid to mix it up.
This fight is going to come down to Marquez having more miles on his body and, at some point, his wars are going to add up. He has the raw power to get it done but Lopez will get it done in the middle rounds.
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