Mayweather vs. Marquez Looms

By Francis Walker, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: August 31, 2009

NEW YORK (BASN) — HBO aired the first of a several part documentary entitled “Mayweather vs. Marquez: 24/7.” The program will provide their subscribers with a behind the scenes look at the upcoming battle between Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (39-0, 25 KOs) vs. Juan Manuel Marquez (50-4-1, 37 KOs).

“Mayweather vs. Marquez: Number One-Numero Uno” will commence on Saturday, September 19, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The bout will be televised live on HBO Pay-Per-View.

One thing is for sure, people will have an opportunity to see “Money-May” make it rain by flashing hundred dollar bills at every angle. People will see Mayweather brag about how he is still the best fighter in the world even though he hasn’t fought since December 2007.

People will see Mayweather appear to play the role of “villain” they way he did in the other “24/7” series with Oscar De La Hoya and Ricky Hatton – both of whom Mayweather defeated in 2007.

One thing that should be noted in the “Mayweather vs. Marquez: 24/7” series is Marquez’ rise through the rough streets of Mexico. Marquez’ humble beginnings and determination should be noted.

Well all know that Mayweather, “Money-May, Pretty Boy,” is a WBC titlist in five separate weight divisions. From De La Hoya, Hatton, Diego Corrales, Jose Luis Castillo, and Genaro Hernandez, Mayweather has defeated the very best out there.

Some may knock him because he never fought guys like Sugar Shane Mosley, Zab Judah, and Kostya Tszyu. However, Mayweather has fought and defeated everyone that has been put in front of him to date.

It is expected that Mayweather beat Marquez when they meet in two weeks. It is expected that Mayweather, a celebrity on “Dancing with the Stars” and WWE programming that included RAW and WrestleMania 24 last year, look like the Mayweather that has been dominant throughout his career.

Victory maybe expected of “Money-May,” but he hasn’t fought in nearly 1 ½ years. Mayweather has accepted the challenge of Marquez, a former three division world champion at featherweight, super featherweight, and lightweight.

The amazing thing about Marquez competing in the higher weight classes is the fact that everytime Marquez has moved up in weight, so has his strength and ability to stop guys.

In Marquez’ last two bouts, both at lightweight, he shockingly TKO’d Joel Casamayor (TKO 11) last year September and stopped former world lightweight champion Juan Diaz (TKO 9) earlier this year.

Perhaps Marquez is best noted for his two fights with Manny Pacquiao. In 2004, Marquez was floored three times in the very first round. There was no three- knockdown rule, so the bout wasn’t called off.

As the bout continued, Marquez’ superior boxing skills enabled him to take advantage of Pacquiao’s straight-forward style and underdeveloped right hand. All three judges scored the bout 115-110 (Pacquiao), 115-110 (Marquez) and 113-113 (even) for a split-draw.

In the rematch in March 2008, Marquez was floored in the early rounds off a Pacquiao left hand. The knockdown cost Marquez the victory as the judges ruled the bout 115-112 and 114-113 for Pacquiao and 115-112 for Marquez.

Marquez is in line to fight Mayweather, who does not expect this bout to last the full twelve rounds. Mayweather has a point, as Marquez, who has never been stopped, has a number of scar tissue around his eye brows.

Marquez has been in a lot of wars throughout his career. He’s 36 and began his career at age 20 in 1993. Mayweather has fought bigger and stronger opponents than Marquez, but has to be at his absolute best to defeat Marquez convincingly.

Can Marquez for Mayweather into a fight or will Floyd’s speed and boxing skills subdued Marquez’ aggression? Either way, Mayweather-Marquez is a must-see.

Urango TKOs Bailey in 11th

Juan Urango (22-2-1, 17 KOs), fresh off a 12-round decision loss to WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto in May, rose from the canvas to knockout Randall Bailey (39-7, 34 KOs) at 1:51 seconds of the eleventh round on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights. It was Urango’s first defense of the IBF jr. welterweight championship he won by outpointing Herman Ngoudjo in January.

Urango and Bailey were engaged in one of the best title fights in all of 2009. Urango entered the bout with the reputation of having a solid chin. Bailey was recognized for having explosive, one-punch knockout power.

In the sixth round, Bailey flattened Urango with a solid right hook to his face. Urango was cut and as the blood squirted downwards his face, he surprisingly rose to his feet and weathered Bailey’s storm.

Urango-Bailey was a well-fought slugfest. Both fighters landed thunderous powered shots. But in the end, it was Urango’s power, chin, and durability that outlasted Bailey.

Urango scored exciting knockdowns in rounds nine and eleven. Urango’s durable chin and powerful left hand fighting out of the southpaw style had finally caught up with Bailey.

Is anyone in the mood for a Urango vs. Sugar Shane Mosley fight next year? Urango would have to move up to 147 again and challenge Mosley for his WBA welterweight championship. It’s an attractive fight, a competitive fight, and a terrific fight that would generate a lot of interest.

Tavoris Cloud wins light-heavyweight title

Undefeated Tavoris Cloud has finally achieved his goal of winning a world title. Cloud (20-0, 18 KOs) looked very strong and was in solid command of the action during a 12-round unanimous decision over former champion Clinton Woods (42-5-1, 24 KOs) to capture the vacant IBF light-heavyweight championship. Cloud-Woods was the televised co-feature to Urango-Bailey on ESPN on Friday.

The decision win ended Cloud’s 13-bout knockout streak – a streak that began in 2005 and included a tenth-round TKO stoppage of Julio Cesar Gonzalez last summer.

Gonzalez’ biggest win was when he defeated a 48-0 Dariusz Michalczewski in Germany, via split decision to capture the WBO light-heavyweight championship six years ago.

Woods, similar to Gonzalez is a former light heavyweight champion. Woods, like Gonzalez, once lost to Roy Jones, Jr. on HBO. Woods, 37, Sheffield, England, was competitive ands showed a good chin by taking a lot of Cloud’s powered shots.

But the 27 year-old, Tallahassee, FL native was too much for the older champion. Cloud’s exciting and aggressive style led him to a 116-112 tally on all three judges, scorecards.

Cloud won the IBF 175-pound title vacated by former undefeated WBC and IBF champion Chad Dawson. Dawson, the only fighter to own pair of victories against Antonio Tarver, vacated the belt to pursue a rematch with Glen Johnson in November.

Cloud maybe in the waiting for his next bout because, there is no guaranteeing Dawson will beat Johnson again. If he does, Dawson could meet Bernard Hopkins providing of course “The Executioner” doesn’t move up in weight to battle IBF cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek.

First, Adamek has a fall date with Andrew Golota at heavyweight.