COMMENTARY | Following Juan Manuel Marquez's crushing knockout of Manny Pacquiao, chatter immediately turned to a fifth fight between the two rivals. However, another rematch could also be on the table -- a second fight between Marquez and Floyd Mayweather. Does Marquez deserve another go at the reigning pound-for-pound champion?
Floyd Mayweather vs. Juan Manuel Marquez - Sept 19, 2009
Floyd Mayweather returned from a nearly two-year hiatus to take on Juan Manuel Marquez on September 19, 2009 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Mayweather cruised to a wide decision victory in his comeback, winning nearly every round and scoring one early knockdown.
The performance, though entirely dominant, was also a bit disappointing. It was clear that had Mayweather stepped on the gas and went for the knockout, he could have gotten it done.
With superior speed and defense, he took away the advantages which Marquez typically holds over his opponents.
Mayweather was also substantially bigger and stronger, and was able to bully Marquez around. It was Marquez's first fight above the Lightweight division, and only his third fight ever above the Super Featherweight division.
Set at a catch-weight of 142 pounds, Mayweather essentially never tried to make weight, coming in at 146 pounds, giving him an even larger edge. In other words, Mayweather really should have gone for the kayo instead of allowing Marquez to stick around, and did himself a disservice in the process.
Mayweather vs. Marquez II in 2013?
Marquez has never been hotter than he is right now. While he has three losses in his last 10 matches, two were disputed decisions to Pacquiao, against whom he finally and emphatically scored the victory he has craved, and the third was the decision to Mayweather. With the knockout win over Pacquiao, he's firmly implanted himself amongst the top three pound-for-pound boxers in the world.
If you gave Marquez a quick glance today, compared to when he fought Mayweather three years ago, you'd see an entirely transformed physique.
Though he weighed only one pound more for his fourth fight against Pacquiao than he did when he fought Mayweather, this was a thickly-muscled boxer-puncher who cut weight to ensure he made the division limit, as opposed to a reigning Lightweight champion who moved up for a one-off payday and didn't concern himself with the need to fully adapt his body to the weight.
A Mayweather vs. Marquez rematch therefore makes a good deal of sense, and it would sell decently enough on pay-per-view to entice Mayweather to accept the challenge. However, it's not the fight that anybody should be most interested in seeing.
Above all else, styles make fights. Newly-muscled frame or not, Marquez doesn't have the style to beat Mayweather. His counter-punching and his heart always made him a perfect foil for Pacquiao, and he finally got over the hump against his long-time nemesis. However, that doesn't mean that he'd fare any better against Mayweather if given another opportunity.
Two types of fighters could potentially defeat Mayweather -- big, rangy boxers who could keep Mayweather at a distance and limit his technical proficiency and control, or fast, ultra-aggressive and powerful fighters who could make things rough, overwhelm Mayweather's defense, and potentially hurt him along the way.
Marquez is neither. Ultimately, a rematch between the two would look quite similar to the first fight three years ago, which was a one-sided shellacking. It's just not necessary.
Further, Mayweather has more intriguing opponents to choose between. He could take on Robert Guerrero or Timothy Bradley, or he could meet the undefeated Saul "Canelo" Alvarez.
Considering that Mayweather has stated he'd like to fight twice in 2013, and that Guerrero and Canelo are both with Golden Boy, it would be easiest to slot those two fights in, one for Cinco de Mayo weekend, the other for Mexican Independence Day weekend.
All of the respect in the world to Juan Manuel Marquez, but I don't want or need to see him fight Floyd Mayweather again.
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