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Ricky Hatton Comeback Against Vyacheslav Senchenko?

Ricky Hitman Hatton is coming back from “retirement” this Saturday, November 24th to fight former WBA welter champ Vyacheslav Senchenko at the MEN Arena in Manchester, England, that much is certain.



What isn’t certain is how serious Hatton is about continuing his career and how much he has left to fight in a very competitive division. What is certain that he will mint plenty of coinage, more than any other fighter in the world not named Pacquiao, Mayweather, or Klitschko thanks to his loyal support base of fans and morbid curiosity seekers wondering if he still has the Hatton magic that made him such a megastar.

How ironic can it get in boxing that 35 year old Vyacheslav Senchenko is about as little known and undersung as it gets, fighting all his bouts in Ukraine, a hot bed of talent but not a hot bed of pro boxing. His opponents have all been the usual Eastern European suspects found on any top Euro fighter resume, a solid but limited record. His big step up was against Pauli Malignaggi who stopped him on cuts, so it’s fair to say at age 35, he looks for redemption just as much as Hatton is.

The Hitman has proven to be the superior fighter at a much higher level than Senchenko, but Hatton has been out of the ring for well over 3 years. His accomplishments during that time have been sordid revelations of drug abuse, a recent fight with his dad, and food and alcohol binges of a man circling the drain of life. He did become a promoter of some note, an up and comer doing well for now, and he has business ties to Golden Boy Promotions. A fight between him and Oscar de la Hoya has been long rumored, so who can say where he goes in an era where fighters move seamlessly in and out of “retirement” at will?

I expect Senchenko to be the typical tough, well schooled Eastern European who has an excellent opportunity on his hand, much bigger than when Malignaggi came to town, but how he reacts to the raucous MEN crowd cannot be predicted.

I expect Hatton to come out pressing and swinging, that’s what short armed fighters have to do. Hatton also used to have some underrated boxing nuance, so at very least we will get an all action fight out of the thing, and if lucky, a high end drama and spectacle.

No title is on the line that I can see, nor do I know the contract weights, but surely 150 lbs would be the limit. Hatton enters with a career record of 45-2, 32 KO and Senchenko at 32-1, 21 KO. Both are coming off losses in their last fight.

The card also features British stars Rendall Munroe and Martin Murray and is presumably promoted by Hatton, so it’s a good night for British boxing.

The P4P Battle–Manny Pacquiao vs Timothy Bradley

Long time Ring P4P King, Manny Pacquiao, goes up against one of the latest Ring P4P Princes, Timothy Bradley, in what promises to be one of the most dynamic all action fights of the year at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday, June 9th.

Or it could end on an ugly leaping headbutt, but regardless, Pac Man meets a serious physical challenge in the awkwardly hard charging fellow shortstuff Desert Storm Bradley who never met an angle he couldn’t punch from or used a muscle that wasn’t fully flexed out. Although the sculpted Bradley amazingly may be down on the power charts, he provides the kind of action that could be fought from pillar to post for as long as the fight lasts.



Bradley is always in tremendous condition, boxing’s nonstop Energizer Bunny in the ring, but if recent form holds of Pacquiao opponents whipping themselves into best ever career conditions, Pacquiao may have trouble picking his spots like he was able to do against the laid back defensive counterpuncher Juan Manuel Marquez in his last fight. He just might be forced into his old school Pacman slugging frenzy, not  bad thing for fight fans as Ricky Hatton found out.

Speaking of the Marquez rubber match, the worm may have turned on the phenomenon of Manny Pacquiao’s unparalleled career. The Congressman/Boxer was heavily booed in his decision win over the popular Vegas fighter, a highly technical bout that resembled two feuding Spanish matadors taking turns at lightning rapier thrusts of their estocadas for the finishing strike.

Pacquiao came up as an all action slugger in the mold of a Jack Dempsey, but is now picking his shots like the master boxer he’s become under the tutelage of trainer Freddie Roach. He’s become so defensively adept that he made the counter punching Marquez whiff amazingly wide on many occasions, but all apparently for naught with Vegas crowd. Bradley is not nearly so popular, but if he succeeds in taking the fight to Pacquiao and having some success, well, who can say how an fickle boxing crowd is really going to react until the moment arrives?

The Congressman/Boxer is also being investigated by the Philippine government  for alleged improprieties in one of his charitable organizations. It’s no surprise that big guns are after Pacquiao now since his stated ambition is to run for the presidency in the next election, so he may be in need of an overhaul of his “staff” of faithful followers if he is to ever achieve that ambition. Also, he may or may not have been served his divorce papers on the eve of the Marquez fight, depending on the source.


Pacquiao may be a grizzled ring veteran of 33 years of age now, yet he is as distracted now as he was in the first Morales fight 7 years ago where he was undergoing highly disputed managerial and promotional scrums over his services that left him exposed in the ring without his beloved Reyes’ puncher’s gloves.

The extracurricular distractions have slowly extracted their toll, so the time could be ripe for a prime young gunslinger who’s never been beat and hungry for recognition to show up at the right place at the right time for the huge upset if he can stay upright. Otherwise it’s gonna be a painful night if Bradley gets behind on the scoring because of knockdowns, something Marquez can attest to.

Bradley does have some problems with his balance, his helter skelter attacks leaving him ripe for sharp counters, so I’d imagine that would be the focus of the Roach strategy.

Noteworthy news is that the Boxrec P4P ratings formula has moved Mayweather up after the win over Miguel Cotto, finally edging Pacquiao to become their new #1. Ring’s more personalized opinion is to demote Pacquiao into a tie with #2 Floyd Mayweather and leave #1 newly vacated,  rather akin to throwing the baby out with the bathwater by alleged boxing experts. They simply haven’t compared their actual Ring P4P records, 4-0, 2 KO for Mayweather to 7-1-1 for Pacquiao with more KOs, 5, than Mayweather has P4P fights. Moreover, Pacquiao has twice moved to a new division to face the top Ring fighter in his inaugural fight at the weight, something Mayweather has never done during his rise through the divisions.

I can’t be bothered, but I’d imagine the Boxrec historical p4P data would pretty much parallel the Ring P4P data, ie both Ring and Boxrec curently having Bradley ranked #9 P4P.

Impressively, Bradley will be Pacquiao’s 10th career Ring P4P bout, a new record with every P4P fighter he meets now.

Since most every fan agrees to disagree with the “experts” anyway no matter the order of the fighters attached to #1 through 10, it’s all a bunch of hooey for show and bragging rights in the end. The true tragedy is that the explosive primacy for Pacquiao vs Mayweather has gone the fizzle route. If by a strike of drizzling lightning they do happen to meet next year, Manny will be 34 years old and many years into his Congressional duties and Floyd will be 36 after completing his prison sentence and probably still on probation. 2013 is a long ways in boxing years from the March 13th, 2010 date  that Mayweather demanded and Pacquiao accepted. The terms were quickly agreed upon when the fight was at it’s hottest apex with Manny at age 31 and Floyd at age 33.

Alas, the best laid plans of mice and men gone awry yet again.

Speaking of the worm turning, Miguel Cotto may not have won the battle against Floyd Mayweather, but perhaps the war as he dished out as good as he got and undermined the invincibility of Mayweather. Then the Al Hayman managed Mayweather stablemate, Andre Berto, has been reported to have trace amounts of a steroid by VADA,  the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association  testing agency, so the repeated accusations that Floyd Mayweather slung at Pacquiao are now dangling on his doorstep making a big stink as the spokesman for “cleaning up boxing.”  Maybe he’s trying to clean out Al Hayman who has little left to promote during the interim as Mayweather prepares for his impending Nevada incarceration on June 1st.

Mayweather should at least be able to console himself with his better Cotto PPV numbers than Pacquiao is likely to show against the relatively unknown Bradley. For boxing fans who prefer fight stats, Pacquiao is currently 6-0-1, 3 KO against common opponents to Mayweather’s 5-0, 1 KO.

The less than honorable Berto trainer and ex-con Victor Conte was bragging about being such a whiz as an advisor and spokesman for VADA  after the Lamont Peterson postive test shocker, but now is jumping ship and explaining it all away.  What a can of worms and cancelled fights Golden Boy and HBO has fallen into, cancelling multimillion dollar fights on the specious trace readings in parts per trillion that very few of their bigshots or the public could pass if they tried.

Pacquiao with the big fight experience will be the betting favorite, but Bradley has been pointing to this fight for over a year, beating southpaws Devon Alexander and Joel Casamayor consecutively. Bradley first made his chops by flying overseas to England to dethrone southpaw favorite Junior Witter in his best ever showing. He’s an aggressive swaming type whose style is reminiscent of HOFer Aaron Pryor even if lacking Pryor’s firepower.

He did knock out the elderly Casamayor after scoring some knockdowns, but his fight with Alexander ended with a butt that went to the cards for a technical decision. Bradley tends to lead with his head, so in a lefty/righty fight, butts seem a certainty and may leave both seeing stars.

Lets’ also be clear about their weights since Pacquiao has had a series of controversial catchweight fights. Bradley turned pro at 143 lbs a few weeks shy of his 21st birthday and has since mostly fought at the junior welter limit, but sometimes straying well over in nontitle fights. Pacquiao has been in the 142-146 range for his 7 welter fights, so Bradley is the natural lifetime welter and as far as I know the fight is at the full welter limit of 147lbs. If promotional comments hold a kernel of truth, Bradley considers Pacquiao to be weaker than him who can be easily counterpunched, so he expects to bully Pacquiao around the ring while sharpshooting him.

I see an up and down type of fight with a series of adjustments until the magic formula is found for the win. Could be a Bradley upset, or another Pacquiao beatdown, or anything between, but guaranteed  by styles to be quickly paced action with some interesting technical twists. Bradley is a harder nut to crack compared to most any fighter in the world right now and knows he could make a splash into the Big Buck$ pool, but only IF he defeats Pacquiao cleanly with some style.

Then again, Pacquiao probably feels his future election to the Philippine presidency hinges on every win, so who could beat that kind of motivation?


Floyd Mayweather Jr Off to “The Big House”

Well, folks, it finally happened. The other shoe finally dropped in regards to Floyd Mayweather Jr‘s plea arrangement on multiple charges of domestic abuse when the Clark County judge in Nevada sentenced him to 90 days detention at the Clark County Detention Center.

Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home

The full sentence includes 3 suspended months which could be reinstated if Mayweather cannot mind his Ps and Qs during lockup. Part of the plea deal was the dropping of felony battery charges which could carry many extra years of imprisonment if reinstated. You can catch up to more of the history of his charges here:


Mayweather had recently reserved a May 5th date next year at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for his next bout, but that could well be “money” flushed down the drain given the length of the sentence. A desirable high profile fight is not likely be secured on such uncertain notice,  not that his last alleged fight against Victor Ortiz was such a fight.

Mayweather will be 35 years old at the time of his release, traditionally past prime for most fighters and athletes, but regardless of the plethora of Mayweather personal flaws, he tends to stay in some semblance of training between fights. Many fighters blow up their weights and have to constantly be trained down to make their division limits, so perhaps traditional age limitations cannot be placed on him.

The question is whether or not this represents a long drawn out process of the wheels coming off of his career during his “retirement and comeback” phase of his career. His bitter retirement after the controversial Oscar de la Hoya supermatch that smashed all PPV records for a single fight burned a lot of boxing bridges, but all was forgiven during his comeback fights that generated more interest than all of his entire previous career.

Vs JJMarquez

Vs JJMarquez

Though his comebacks have included Ricky Hatton, Juan Manuel Marquez, and Shane Mosley in high profile matches, the Philippine Pacific Cyclone storming out of Manilla named Manny Pacquiao has sucked all the wind out of his sails and left the well accomplished Mayweather short on the awards, accolades, and rankings as the last decade closed out.

You can read about their compelling parallel career developments through the decade here:


Needless to say, the fabled on again-off again super matchup against Manny Pacquiao seems to be no more than schoolboy fantasy at this point. The 33 year old Pacquiao has been on more than a tear through boxing’s ranks, he finally got elected to his congressional district after years of hard campaigning all while logging an incredible number of miles back and forth in international air travel as he pursued his remarkable fight career.

At some point, there has to be a toll on his boxing and life. His overriding ambition has always been to be elected to the Philippine Presidency, so the Floyd Mayweather Jr super fight is fading fast as his next career priority. He was supposed to be retired by now, but the money on the table is simply too big to walk away from, so he has amazingly carried on two very demanding careers.

If Mayweather does keep the May 5th date intact and is released in time for a reasonable training camp, there will be no shortage of lesser contenders and champs willing to strike at a low ebb in his career.

His last fight with Victor Ortiz may well to be the farce of the new millennium. The only thing missing was Big Show storming the ring to pile drive the lot of them during their frequent nuzzles as they exchanged sweet nothings. Nobody in boxing was calling for the Ortiz fight, and Mayweather even denied he was fighting Ortiz.

Could Ortiz be the last fight of his career?

Prior to that, he backed off the date of the showdown he requested against Manny Pacquiao and had to be forced into the ring against Shane Mosley he was so reluctant to fight again, but he desperately needed the money after the government put a lien on his Marquez purse for back taxes. Mike Tyson started exhibiting the same traits as his career wound down, and not surprisingly Tyson seems to have become a favored member of Mayweather’s large entourage.

It’s a long month before Floyd Mayweather is to report to serve his sentence, so his family and friends can only hope he doesn’t land in more hot water during that time. Then he has to play his get out of jail card according to the terms set by the prosecution and detention officials.

The glitter of Las Vegas will be a bit grittier and grimier in the immediate term as history and boxing anxiously await the final return of Floyd Mayweather Jr. 

Edited Update:

Mayweather has been granted a temporary stay to fulfil May 5th contractual agreements. The moveable date of incarceration begins June 1st. More details here:


Floyd Mayweather Jr–Will He Really Fight Victor Ortiz?

The fight has been officially announced with attendent press conferences and 24/7 tapings and is now less than a week away. Floyd Mayweather will be coming out of his latest retirement to challenge Vicious Victor Ortiz for the WBC welterweight title at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas this Saturday, September 17th.

Apparently Mayweather has a residency at the MGM Grand since his last 5 fights spread over these past 5 years have been fought there starting with his hotly contested win over Oscar de la Hoya in 2007. He skipped the previous 5 years at the MGN Grand after his hotly contested win there over Jose Luis Castillo in the first fight, so maybe he has a numerology thing goin, but wait, there’s more.

Mayweather vs De La Hoya
Mayweather vs De La Hoya

Mayweather’s last 5 fights will have also been promoted by Golden Boy, so he has definitely settled into the comfy confines of scheduling in his advancing years. He’s become the proverbial “house” fighter after a career of consecutive WBC belts, flitting in and out of retirements and fights on personal necessity.

Ortiz won the WBC  title from Mayweather stablemate Andre Berto, outboxing, outworking, and outslugging the surprisingly game Berto who looked tired and out on his feet at times but couldn’t be stopped. Then Ortiz shocked the boxing world by announcing via Twitter that he would be fighting Floyd Mayweather who promptly shot down that idea as foolish in a fluster of twitterings that pass as the fighters’ press releases these days.

Mr. Muscles

Mr. Muscles

Then lo and behold, a month later the big announcement that the fight’s on, so Vicious Victor wins the opening salvo, but wait, you just had to know, there’s more.

Mayweather as most know is highly compromised legally, facing down more than a half dozen criminal and civil lawsuits in what may prove to be the meltdown of his career. He has pulled out of fights before and now he’s back needing a new cash infusion, so what happens in the ring?

The usual suspects will run off on the sublime boxing skills of Mayweather, dismissing any chance by the 24 year old Ortiz as too raw, too crude, too inexperienced to properly match up against the highly credentialed Mayweather.

This of course ignores the rich history of aging all time greats being beat by lessor fighters too many times to be counted. Stuff happens, and sometimes it happens for well known reasons that are ignored or glossed over.

The talented Victor Ortiz was heavily promoted by Golden Boy as the new star in the making. Things then came unstuck when he was matched against the huge hitting Marcos Maidana in an entertaining slugfest that saw them swap knock downs until Ortiz pulled the plug. Howls of outrage followed with no shortage of insultive suggestions regarding what Ortiz could do with himself.

Since that time, he’s been sucessfully matched against light hitting, top boxer types, Nate Campbell, Vivian Harris,  Lamont Peterson and Andre Berto, all but former champ Harris being Ring ranked. Ortiz pretty much had his way with them though he was most unfortunate to only secure a draw against Peterson who was knocked down twice. Again Ortiz took criticism for backing off and not going for the kill, but that’s the typical unsupported bias through boxing history used against sluggers when they sucessfully use their boxing skills instead of slugging. We seldom see boxers criticized for knocking out opponents, so go figure the average boxing critic if you dare.

But guess what folks, Mayweather is the tip of the top boxer types who has proven to be a featherduster since he moved to welter. He needed an assist from the turnbuckle to finish off the game Ricky Hatton, a fluke accident rarely seen and not likely to happen again in his career.

Ortiz is still a developing fighter, so it’s hard to gauge his realistic chances, but he has the raw size, strength, and talent to win the fight against the 34 yr old Mayweather who may be losing his focus. Ortiz has at least made the first part of his dream come true, a signed fight with Floyd Mayweather who ain’t the easiest guy to get a pen to.  

The short of it is that the 24 year old Ortiz is in ascendency whereas Mayweather may or may not be in decline, but now is when their career timelines intersect. Does Ortiz have the heart and skill to finish what Sugar Shane Mosley started? Will Mayweather be distracted by legal woes and handicapped by ring rust or will he outclass the kid at every turn? Has Ortiz’s recent stint at modeling underwear gone to his head?

Or my favorite Mayweather question: Any controversial reffing or judging decisions?

I know this, Mayweather was rocked harder than he had ever been rocked by Shane Mosley who has modest power at the weight. He showed great instincts to not only survive, but have Mosley on the back foot by round’s end.

Can he do it again?

The southpaw Ortiz was a very powerful junior welter, so he’s a dangerous fight for anyone, but maybe team Mayweather see the typical flaws of a young gungho fighter still trying to please everyone yet pleasing no one yet. Ortiz has shown he can be put down on a regular basis, so if Mayweather can put Ortiz down, could be he could showboat his way to victory with no further effort.

In an special Golden Boy promotional co-PPV arrangement, unbeaten Mexican sensation Saul Canelo Alvarez will be making his WBC defense of his light middle title against Alfonso Gomez in what should be a breezer. Is this the setup for Mayweather’s challenge to his old WBC belt that he never defended, a battle of undefeateds against Alvarez?

Here they are looking rather chummy as they keep their options hot:

Canelo y Money

Canelo y Money

It’s up to the fighters now. Could well be the kind of fight you’ll remember for the rest of your life or one of the worst, so let’s hope for the best and leave the worst for later.

Future Shock—What Caused the Ruination of Floyd Mayweather Jr?

~The immediate ring future of Floyd Mayweather Jr looks tenuous at best as the time to face the growing chorus of accusations against him comes due this January 24th, 2 weeks from now.

With early winter being somewhat of an off season for boxing, not much is going on in the boxing world to interfere with the attention that these court maneuverings will garner. Be interesting to see how many boxing scribes based in the Los Angeles/Phoenix/Las Vegas triangle attend the hearing, or is it a trial?

Is it confusion or an incredible stroke of coincidence that his Uncle Roger’s trial for felony assault is also scheduled for January 24th? I guess we’ll know soon enough.

It's a Mug's Game

It's a Mug's Game

Floyd Jr’s latest problems began with an ill advised moment stemming from a “confrontation” with his children and their mother, resulting in him being slapped with some eight felony and misdemeanor offenses.

Since then he was additionally investigated for allegedly running a former employee off the road, the same employee who was a victim of a Mayweather’s security personnel shooting rampage. Floyd Jr was also charged with assaulting a security guard and not abiding by the rules of the gated community that he lives in. It’s quite possible the homeowner’s association could force him out of the community as happens daily across America.

It seems trouble has found Mayweather and piled on big time with no end in sight yet.

Never say never, but at least for now his ring career seems over. It’s hard to believe he can slip the flurry of charges leveled against him given the number of probations and convictions he has already previously absorbed. His rap sheet has been as carefully crafted as his ring career.

It wasn’t supposed to end like this.

Floyd Jr had finally arrived at the hard earned fame and acclaim he had been seeking and had money raining at his feet as he and his supporters maintained he was the best fighter in boxing history. He seemingly had established the financial security of his family and was looking towards community leadership when he founded The Floyd Mayweather Jr Foundation:


About Us

Foresight, generosity and a desire to help underprivileged youth in Las Vegas, Nevada prompted boxing champion Floyd Mayweather to establish the foundation that today bears his name, The Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation (FMJF).

Floyd Mayweather has been referred to by major sports magazines as the “best boxer of this era.” Without a doubt, a six-time world champion with endless accolades from the Boxing Writers Association of America Fighter of the Year, Ring Magazine, BET, and the coveted ESPN Espy Award, Floyd Mayweather’s prominent status as a young achiever gives credence to the idea that anything is possible if “we are given the opportunity.”

In 2007, Floyd decided to put to use his star power by founding FMJF, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to empower and promote the social development and advancement of struggling adults and adolescents.  The Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation’s focus is on: community health and wellness, economic growth and development and youth education.

…… Mayweather sees it as his charge to help impact the lives of troubled youth through education and empowerment, and has made it the mission of the FMJF to help change the mindsets of the leaders of tomorrow to realign their goals to head down a path that will afford them an opportunity to contribute to society. Mayweather has spent time at the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth (NPHY) to help homeless adolescents ages 16-21, begin their journey in the right direction. He also paid visits to the Shade Tree Women’s Shelter which houses up to 300 battered women and their children. During these visits needed items were donated and words of encouragement and inspiration were offered the women and children by Mayweather.

“I want these kids to see that they too are the leaders of tomorrow,” Mayweather said. “It takes hard work, determination and focus, but if they are ambitious, they can have opportunities to contribute to society and have a prosperous future.”

~Sounds great, so what are all those kids thinking now? What are Mayweather’s own kids thinking?

Has the perfect Mike Tyson/Tony Ayala/Ike Ibeabuchi moment arrived for Mayweather to be whisked away to the Big House for a few years?

Age 34 is just a month away, so he could end up in his late 30s, maybe even 40s or 50s before he completes his sentence. I guess it’s possible that he could fight while out on bond and appealing the likely sentence. I guess even probation is possible if his lawyers are good enough, and they have been good enough on his behalf to keep him out of prison thus far, but for how long?

So what caused this sudden rampage by Floyd Jr that looks to be the ruination of the best earning years of his life and perhaps his personal freedom as well?

Was it more money than he could count before throwing it all away?

It's a Money Game

It's a Money Game

Is there a genetic propensity towards criminal violence that was triggered by his Uncle Roger’s alleged assault on that young lady?

Peace & Love

Peace & Love

Or was it the accumulation of punches in consecutive bouts against Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Juan Manuel Marquez, and Shane Mosley that has caused some accumulated brain damage? He looked particularly shaky against the big shots of Mosley early in their fight before mounting a comeback.

No Free Spritzers

No Free Spritzers

Or is it a long career in boxing that sees him fighting from early grade school on, nearing 30 yrs of accumulated amateur and pro ring time?

Or is it a hostile reaction to being supplanted by Manny Pacquiao who has swept all the accolades these past 5 yrs by broad consensus?

Or is it Floyd Jr’s reluctance to make the biggest fight in his career, the biggest money fight in boxing history against Pacquiao?

I don’t have the answers and it could be that nobody ever will ever have more than their own theories, but after the Fight of the Millennium seemed to be a dead lock at the start of 2010 and then again at the midpoint of the year after all parties agreed to the terms, I just don’t see how Floyd Jr can manage to squeeze in this fight in 2011 given Manny’s burgeoning political career and narrowing windows of fighting availability.

It’s ye olde “squeezing a camel through a keyhole” dilemma.

It’s not for certain when Floyd Jr and his uncle Roger will be free enough to once more pursue their professions though I suppose a quickie type of fight could be cobbled together against a lesser fighter at some point this year. Undefeated Paul Spadafora has been mentioned in that vein.

The boxing landscape surely has been almost completely repainted over from when I penned my first article article examining the proposed Pacquiao/Mayweather P4P Superfight a year ago.


Whatever the future holds for Floyd Jr, one supposes it will also be additionally difficult for his family and likely to be the end of his massive entourage of pumped body guards and support staff.

Well, like Yogi once said, “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over,” so stay tuned for final results.

Replay of 2009 Fight of the Year, Marquez vs Diaz II

This Saturday we have the reprisal of 2009’s had to have been there, seen that Ring Fight of the Year between defending WBO/WBA/Ring lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez and Juan Diaz.

Marquez vs Diaz

Marquez vs Diaz

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.

Marquez vs Diaz II

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’.

Both have been great champions and if their physical assets and ring acumen are still in balance, it’s quite possible we could see another fight of the year type battle out of them. Oh, and the undercard is stacked with plenty of younger up and coming talent in title challenges, so fight fans should be well pleased to tune in to this card.

The Card Lineup

The Card Lineup