For those that didn’t see that fight, Juan Diaz absolutely took Marquez to the woodshed and administered a beating that had him out on his feet, only to have Marquez rally after a cut was opened on Diaz, sparking the primordial killer instinct in Marquez who proceeded to knock the 7 bells out of Diaz to short circuit his command and control center.That was 17 months ago, and since that time both moved up in weight and looked highly vulnerable. Marquez lost almost every round to Floyd Mayweather in his ballyhooed comeback welterweight bout, and Diaz split a series with former junior welter champ, Paul Malignaggi who was coming off his horrendous knockout at the hands of Ricky Hatton.
Moreover, each has been in a long struggle absorbing punishment against top opposition for some time now. With Marquez, it is been consecutive bouts starting with Marco Antonio Barrera in 2007 and followed by Juarez, Pacquiao, Casamayor, Diaz, and Mayweather. With Diaz it dates back to 2008 with Nate Campbell, Katsidis, Marquez, and Malignaggi twice. That’s 68 tough rounds for Marquez late in his career and 57 tough rounds for the decade younger Diaz and doesn’t include the hundreds of rounds needed to sharpen them for such strong competition by top flight sparring partners.
As defending champion and victor of their first fight, Marquez enters the match as a strong favorite, but under such history, it’s fair to say that numbers mean nothing to this fight which boils down to how much each has left and can put on the line, a quantifiable number only Mother Nature knows and She ain’t talkin’.