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Michael Taylor 18th Sep 2009 - 14:38

Mayweather will start where he left off

Pretty Boy Floyd Mayweather Jr says his return to boxing was inspired by his quest for greatness but, by fighting Mexican Warrior Juan Manuel Marquez, the only thing he's likely to prove is that he's still the most accurate fighter in the world.

After a nineteen month sabbatical, Mayweather makes his comeback at a 144lb catchweight and, despite the absence, he promises to be every ounce as good as when he destroyed Ricky Hatton back in 2008.

He left the sport as The Ring Magazine's number one pound for pound fighter and he should be just as good on his return, especially when you know that every day over the past two years has been spent in the gym.

Don't get me wrong, Marquez is a top end fighter - two narrow and debatable losses against current P4P champion Manny Pacquaio show this - but, unfortunately for the Mexican, his style looks tailor made for Pretty Boy.

Marquez will keep coming forward, take punches and hope to give back as good as he gets - against Mayweather, as Hatton fell victim to, this is writing your own death warrant.

Mayweather is faster, younger, more technical and has the accuracy to make every punch count, and even if he doesn't knock Marquez out, he'll give him twelve rounds of pure torture.

That has to be the big worry for Marquez's corner as well.

The fact that Marquez has never been knocked out and that Mayweather isn't a big power type guy could mean there's a very real danger that the Mexican's head turns into a punching bag in the late stages.

This, however, would be the dream situation for punters with 5/6 about the Money winning on points or by TD standing out as a massive value bet (for those of you who give Marquez a chance 8/13 about it going the distance could be your best bet).

The only issue Mayweather needs to address is ring rust but we're talking about the best boxer of our generation, he's not going to be risk losing his unbeaten record because of a lack of preparation.

It seems the bookmakers are taking a bit more convincing than me about his ability to step straight back into things as they've offered him at 2/9 - huge considering the level he was fighting at before his 'retirement'.

As for the 3/1 about Marquez, he's really not worth the risk.




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