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Mayweather’s Easy Win
IOWA CITY (BASN) — Floyd Mayweather won an easy victory over Juan Manuel Marquez in a battle that ended the minute Marquez hit the canvas for the fight’s only knockdown in the second for the fight’s only moment of drama.
From that point, Mayweather played a game of boxing real estate as he jabbed enough to keep Marquez off balanced and maintained enough of a distance to control when he would attack or simply play defense.
From the first seconds of the fight, the size difference appeared imposing for Marquez looked diminutive in contrast to Mayweather. For Floyd, he held all the cards: youth, speed, power and strength; leaving Marquez with nothing to fight back with.
This was a case of a good big fighter beating up a smaller good fighter. The key question for Mayweather was how much rust accumulated over his nearly two year’s exile from boxing and as it turned out, not much rust accumulated.
Mayweather was as sharp as he was when he left the ring after smashing up Ricky Hatton for ten rounds. He rarely got hit and Marquez was often either hitting air or hitting Mayweather’s shoulder or arms, but rarely his face or even his body.
For Mayweather, the accuracy that was his forte remained intact as he connected on over half of his punches. He couldn’t miss and Marquez never could connect; thus contributing to a very one sided fight . Whatever rounds rewarded to Marquez was more out of charity than anything done in the ring.
Mayweather won an easy victory and now sets up a big money fight with the winner of Cotto-Pacquaio. For him, this was part of two pronged attack to reclaim the title of best pound for pound fighter and remind boxing fans that he left two years ago as the king of the ring and still is.
Now that he defeated the recognized second best pound for pound fighter, his sight is on the Pac Man; provided that the Pac Man survives Cotto in November. Not only does Mayweather get his chance to reclaim his title as best pound for pound but he could walk away with as much as 50 million dollars, not a bad price tag for history.
Flash forward, it is the 12th round and with a minute left, Rocky Juarez nailed Chris John with a left hook that sent John momentarily on dazed street. John found himself in survival mode as Juarez tried to snatch victory from the proverbial jaw of defeat.
Juarez threw everything at the undefeated Indonesia but all to no avail. For Juarez, he won the last two rounds with solid hooks and nearly ended the featherweight championship reign of Johns but alas, Juarez forgot that there are twelve rounds in a fight and like previous encounters with elite fighters; he came up just short.
John spent the first ten rounds nailing Juarez with combinations from all angles and Juarez rarely got a chance to nail Johns with his patented left hook. HBO’s Max Kellerman summed up Juarez career when he noted that Juarez never has won as much as partial title in his career but he was probably better than many of the fighters that have snagged a trinket or two during their careers.
Juarez once again was fighting one of the elite’s fighters in the featherweight division and Johns is one of the better featherweights in the world. Among the fighters he defeated was the great Juan Manuel Marquez and until this past year; Johns has fought mostly in his native Indonesia.
For that reason alone, he was ignored and unknown by most boxing fans and quite a few boxing pundits. What John showed in his two fights with the tough Juarez that he was a great boxer who often avoided trouble.
In a fight that often lacked suspense until the final minute, this was another showcase for John versatile skills but the last minute demonstrated why boxing is one of the best sports as Rocky Juarez attempted to end the fight after being down by wide margins.
As Showtime’s Nick Charles noted once, boxing is the only sport in which one punch can eliminate a big lead. And Juarez nearly connected on the memorable 10 run homer with one shot but alas, it came up just short.
Before the two big events, Michael Katsidis pounded Vicente Escobedo over 12 rounds with vicious body shots that shook the young lightweight but never had Escobedo in trouble or close to being out.
Escobedo could not keep Katsidis off him but he did manage to produce enough action to convince one judge that he won the fight. As for Katsidis, he dominated this fight more than the scorecards showed and walked away with a split decision.
He should have been declared the winner by unanimous decision.
While this was not a night of unforgettable boxing, it was a night for history as Floyd Mayweather marches toward in establishing his own legacy as the greatest of the pound for pound fighters of this decade.