of Marquez unlocked key to Pacquiao mystery
By ALEX P. VIDAL /
California – Team Mayweather’s game plan was simple: take one step
backward, but take two steps forward.
Step one backward
means outweighing your smaller opponent by as much as 20 pounds a day
before the fight and be willing to cough up a hefty fine worth
$600,000, peanuts for the nine figures to be bankrolled for a 12-round
And outweighed Floyd
Mayweather Jr. (146 pounds) did to rattle and overran Juan Manuel
Marquez (142 pounds) and escaped with a lopsided unanimous decision
victory, 118-109, 120-107, 119-108, on September 19 at the
MGM Grand in
Las Vegas, Nevada.
Team Marquez actually
acknowledged the Mexican customer was smaller, having campaigned
masterfully in the 130-lb category and came in at 140 pounds against
Mayweather, who weighed 146 pounds. But any post mortem catcalls would
be dismissed as sour-graping.
Mayweather (40-0, 25
KOs) only showed who’s the boss in the division he ruled with terror
and fear that earned him the reputation as originally the best boxer
pound-for-pound before he lapsed into a 21-month lay-off and thus
yielded the honor to Manny Pacquiao.
Now that Marquez has
been neutralized, all roads now lead to a possible showdown either
with Pacquiao or Shane Mosley, who got an earful from Mayweather
himself for interrupting the latter’s post fight press conference.
By toying with
Marquez, considered as the second best boxer in the world pound for
pound, Mayweather exposed something members of Team Pacquiao dread not
to be discovered: boxers outside Mayweather’s division can be
outshuttled by using defensive skills.
The difference between
Mayweather and Pacquiao, as observed by Marquez, is that Mayweather is
a 100 percent skilled defensive warrior while Pacquiao likes to brawl
from opening bell until the end.
Pacquiao owns two of
the five losses inflicted on Marquez’s amazing record and both wins
were snatched from the jaws of defeat.
If Pacquiao were in
the fighting shoes of Marquez in that fight, would Mayweather finish
the fight on his stool? Or, would Pacquiao suffer Marquez’s fate?
Speed both Mayweather and Pacquiao have it. Force they both possess
it. Weight will definitely tilt in favor of the black executioner.
Marquez has admitted
fighting Mayweather was like fighting a Goliath. He has given
credence to conventional belief that fighting in a heavier weight
vis-à-vis a heavier foe is always uphill climb. Mayweather’s dominance
of Marquez spoke louder than words. Of the 493 punches he thrown, 290
of them landed on Marquez’s face. Marquez landed only 142 of the 583
punches he thrown.
The message was loud
and clear: there was no way for a lightweight speedster to outslick
welterweight Mayweather in his own turf.
finding himself red in the face once more for predicting that Marquez
would upset Mayweather, Golden Boy Promotions chief Oscar De La Hoya
has pushed for a Mayweather-Mosley showdown next.
Mosley, however, must
tackle first Joshua Clottey in December while De La Hoya must wait for
the November 24 joust between Pacquiao and World Boxing Organization (WBO)
champion Miguel Cotto.
If Pacquiao rolls past
Cotto, the Filipino superstar might most likely seal the Mayweather
deal since Pacquiao is being backed strongly by Top Rank’s Bob Arum.
However, if Cotto hits
a jackpot by trouncing Pacquiao, he might elbow out Mosley from the
sweepstakes since Cotto had already beaten Mosley on points.