Motor mouth Floyd Mayweather Jr is coming out of retirement for a second time to prove that he, and not Manny Pacquiao, is the greatest boxer in the world. The desicion came after talk amongst fans and experts said that Mayweather would struggle against Pacquiao. A claim that has gathered support after Pacquiao destroyed Engishman Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton inside two rounds.
Mayweather has stated that he wants to go down in history as the greatest boxer of all time and to do that you have to beat the best. To give the guy credit he has never once ducked a challange. This is because he realises that a boxer is only judged by the great fighters that he has fought, and that his unbeaten record means nothing unless he has some big name scalps to back it up. He has already come out of retirement to fight Hatton, who was unbeaten at the time, and gave him a serious boxing lesson. He will now come out of retirement for the second time to take up the challenge of the hard hitting Pacquiao.
But First Mayweather must get past tough Mexican Jaun Manuel Marquez on July 17th in Vagas. Marquez has a wealth of experience with a record of 50 wins 4 defeats and 1 draw, with the draw coming against Manny Pacquiao in 2004. He did lose the rematch, but Pacquiao knew he had been in a fight and only won by a split decision in Las Vegas early last year. Marquez is a typical South American fighter technically sound, can take a punch and never gives up. It is a dangerous combination, but is it enough to beat the classy shoman style of Mayweather.
While there is no denying that Marquez has ability, there are questions against his age and size, or lack of it. Marquez has stepped up in weight twice since he started his career in 1993 and will be doing so again to fight Mayeather. While this may not sound like such a big deal if you take in to account that Marquez is already 35 and will turn 36 just a month later, and that he has fought 55 fights with many of them being total battle royals, you have to wonder how his body will react to the extra weight. “Too much weight sinks ships” as they say, but this is never more true than when the ship is coming toward the end of its useful life.
And this is exactly how I feel about this fight. At 32 Mayweather could still be considered to be at his peak. He is naturally bigger and has an armoury of skills that I feel can be compared to the likes of Sugar Ray Robinson and Roy Jones Jr, meaning that he will have that little bit too much class on the night. If you sign up today at sportsbet.com.au you can get a free bet on the fight.