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Mayweather easily defeats Marquez at the MGM in Vegas

By Jay David Murphy     Sep 20, 2009 in Sports
Floyd Mayweather Jr. unanimously defeated Juan Marquez at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas Saturday night after going the full 12-rounds.
After missing his weigh-in of 142 pounds coming in 144 and paying $300,000 per-pound in penalties Floyd Mayweather Jr. stepped in to the ring Saturday Night and dominated Juan Manuel Marquez in a unanimous decision from the ring-side judges.
Marquez fought with heart despite being out-weighed, out-boxed, and slower that the crafty undefeated Mayweather.
In the second round, Mayweather caught Marquez with a nasty left hook that dropped Marquez to the canvas.
Sportinglife makes the call: “Good right from Marquez pierces Mayweather's defenses to land flush on Floyd's jaw. But then, almost immediately, MARQUEZ IS DOWN. Two left hooks did the damage, second one put him down. Marquez back up after the eight count. Perfect way to hit back after being caught himself there. Looking very impressive so far. Marquez just can't cope with the speed of 'Money'. Floyd Jr not surprisingly growing in confidence, and making the number 2 P4P fighter in the world look pretty average in comparison.”
The fight went the distance but Marquez took a beating after coming up two weight classes hoping the 21-month layoff for Mayweather in his come back fight would be enough.
Sportinglife makes the final call in round 12: “Cracking overhand right from Floyd as we reach halfway in the final round. Left-right combination now stops Marquez in his tracks. Juanma still throwing leather, but still eating crisp counters from Floyd. Into the final 20 seconds, big right rocks Marquez again. Brave effort from the Mexican though. Final bell and while we await the scores from the judges there's no doubt he's won by a massive margin for me.”
In a quote from ESPN Mayweather said, “Marquez is tough as nails. He’s a great little man. He was really hard to fight, and he kept taking some unbelievable shots.”
Mayweather went on to say, “Don’t forget, I came from a small weight class too, so I know when you’re in front of a great fighter. I think he brought his best tonight.”
Usually, when a smaller fighter steps in against a larger fighter he has a speed and fineness advantage. Not so with Mayweather who was far faster and super slick keeping Marquez at a distance and controlling the entire fight.
Marquez had this to say to ESPN, “He surprised me with the first knockdown. He hurt me in that round, but not any other time. I don’t want to make any excuses, but the weight was the problem. He’s too fast.”
Marquez also had more to add, “When I hit him, he laughed, but I knew he felt my punches. We tried to work the speed, but the difference was the weight.”
The unanimous decision was scored by Judge Burt Clements with every round to Mayweather 120-107, Dave Moretti scored it 119-108 giving round 8 to Marquez, and William Lerch handed two rounds to Marquez scoring his card 118-109 giving the fight to Mayweather.
Mayweather basically jabbed Marquez for the entire fight keeping his very tough Mexican opponent from getting inside and landing any real punches.
Pacquiao is the fight that everyone wants Mayweather to take next, but Pacquiao has another fight first. In two months he will take on Miguel Cotto at the MGM Grand Arena.
Sugar Shane Mosley at ring-side called out Mayweather immediately after the fight and Golden Boy representatives had to separate the two.
Mayweather had this to say about Mosley impromptu interference at the end of the fight, “When it’s Shane Mosley’s time to shine, when I go watch them and support them, I don’t get the ring and grab the mic. I have respect for them as fighters I just want the same respect.”
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