Mayweather Decisions Marquez In Lopsided Fashion
By John Novoselac at ringside for Doghouse Boxing (Sept 20, 2009) Photo © German Villasenor  
In Floyd Mayweather's return fight after a 21 month layoff, he was as lackluster as anyone could've imagined. Over 12 one-sided boring rounds, Mayweather, 40-0 (25), continually outpointed and out witted his overmatched opponent in Juan Manuel Marquez, 50-5-1 (37). In the 2nd round, Floyd floored Marquez, yet never finished. Marquez was able to steal a couple rounds, but it was a tune up and it showed.

Afterward, we endured one uneventful round after another, and Mayweather came away with a unanimous decision victory. In what was expected to be a showcase fight, Floyd looked as cautious as a fighter could, preserving all he could for his next fight.

Frankly, it was boring. I've seen Mayweather fight before many times, and while he's not always the most entertaining he tends to put on a skilful display. While he did that, he did nothing to gain any new fans. Marquez saw success in rounds 1 and 3, but lost every other round. It wasn't competitive, and it wasn't pleasing to the eye.

At the conclusion scores read 120-107, 119-108 and 118-109, all for the undefeated Mayweather

Where Marquez goes is anyone's guess, but hopefully he doesn't end up as the Golden Boy scapegoat.

Michael Katsidis, 26-2 (21), showed tremendous heart and grit in decisoning GBP prospect Vicente Escobedo, 21-2 (13), by scores of 118-110, 116-112 and 112-116. Over 12 rounds, the rough and tough style of the Aussie proved to be too much, and provided the most entertaining bout of the evening.

In the co main event Chris John, 43-0-2 (22), rebounded from a previous draw with Rocky Juarez, 28-5-1 (20), to retain his WBA strap in a fairly uneventful lightweight bout. Scores were 119-109, 117-111 and 114-113.

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