If we hadn’t known ahead of time that Floyd Mayweather Jr. had taken 21 months off, we wouldn’t have believe it. Mayweather took on Juan Manuel Marquez this weekend and won with a rather impressive and lopsided fight.
The win allows Mayweather to keep his undefeated record of 40-0 with 25 KOs.
While an impressive win, we also have to point out that just a year and a half ago Marquez was a 130 pounder fighting two weight classes below his match against Mayweather.
Floyd also had a 4 pound advantage against Marques who’s record is now 50-5-1. A $600,000 fine was imposed on Mayweather for a weight in of 144 pounds. Both fighters had agreed to pay $300,000 per pound if they come in over the target weight.
The match may have lasted 12 rounds, but only for the sheer determination of Marquez to stay on his feet, it was clear from the get go that Mayweather was the better boxer.
The lopsided performance was immediately apparent when looking at the two boxers numbers with Mayweather landing 290 of 493 punches (59 percent) and Marquez attempting 583 blows while landing only 12 percent.
Mayweather may be back, but now we’d like to see him take on some real competition, perhaps a veteran from his own weight class, although finding a veteran he hasn’t already wiped the ring clean with is getting harder and harder these days.