I just watched the welterweight fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Juan Manuel Márquez. Floyd was returning to the ring after a hiatus of 21 months, but it seemed as if he never took a break from boxing. The fight was entirely one-sided with Floyd dominating throughout and making the current WBA and WBO lightweight champion Marquez look ordinary. Marquez stepped up to welterweight for this fight and so didn’t lose his titles. Floyd had a good weight advantage over Marquez (he even weighed 2 pounds more than the agreed fight weight and forfeited $600,000 as a penalty to Marquez), but extra weight or not, Floyd’s boxing skills were a joy to watch..
Floyd Mayweather Jr. (who changed his boxing nickname from “Pretty Boy” to “Money”) was simply too quick for Marquez and showed us why he’s the best pound-for-pound (P4P) boxer on the planet today! Floyd’s excellent defence (the rolling of shoulders, ducking and slipping away from opponents), his lightning speed (ability to jab faster than the blink of an eye) and accuracy were on exhibition during his fight with Marquez.
Floyd was darting in, jabbing Marquez and bouncing back, all within a flash, thereby not giving Marquez a chance to land any clear shots on his chin. No wonder Floyd’s the Pretty Boy!
For those of you who claim that Boxing is a barbaric sport, watching Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the ring may change your mind, as he makes boxing look a skilful art, rather than a brutal sport.
So, what’s next for Floyd? A fight with the winner of Pacquiao-Vs-Cotto or Sugar Shane Mosley will be fascinating to watch and a more even match.