By Jim Dower: World Boxing Association heavyweight champion David Haye (24-1, 22 KO’s) still hasn’t decided who he will be fighting next. In an interview at ojopelao.com, Haye says he’s “taken a long holiday, resting a lot and sharing with the family. I don’t know yet [who he will be fighting next]. I haven’t ruled out the Klitschko brothers, and also there are other interesting names to take into account. My developers and my manager are in on that.” Well, it’s too late for Haye to be fighting either of the Klitschko brothers next unless Haye is interested in taking a really long break in between fights. As it is, Haye hasn’t fought since April and still hasn’t picked out his next opponent.
By Chris Williams: WBA/WBO lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez (51-5-1, 37 KO’s) defeated former IBF/WBA/WBC lightweight champion Juan Diaz (35-4, 17 KO’s) by a 12 round unanimous decision in their rematch on Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The final judges’ scores were 117-111, 116-112 and 118-110. Marquez, 36, was able to take advantage of Diaz, who opted to fight tentatively for the first nine rounds of the fight. However, Marquez tired out in the last two rounds, giving Diaz rounds 11th and 12th.
By Peter Wells: Fight of the year 2009; Fight of the year 2010? Can the two Juan’s give us something to smile about again, the war we all are begging to see? Juan Manuel Marquez is now recovered from his one sided defeat to Floyd Mayweather Jr, while Juan Diaz may still be rubbing his wounds he suffered in his last defeat to Paulie Malignaggi.
Both fighters have suffered defeats, but both fighters find themselves once again facing off in another much anticipated fight. Marquez the much older and wiser fighter with the heart of a lion, last time he came back from behind to rip open the tough ‘Baby bull’ to stop him in the 9th round. Diaz showed last time he can outbox Marquez and has the power to push him back, Marquez has been down plenty of times but is a complete warrior.
By Jim Dower: WBA/WBO lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez (50-5-1, 37 KO’s) is coming off of a one-sided 12 round decision loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. last year in September, in a fight where Marquez had to put on nine pounds on his lean 135 pound frame to fight Mayweather a 144 lb catch weight fight. Putting on the weight slowed Marquez down dramatically, causing him to be slower and much more hittable against the blazing fast Mayweather. Marquez has now taken off the fight and will be fighting former lightweight champion Juan Diaz (35-3, 17 KO’s) at 135 lbs this Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
By Jason Kim: Former IBF/WBA/WBO lightweight champion Juan Diaz (35-3, 17 KO’s) may not be ready to officially call it quits if he loses to WBA/WBO lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez (50-5-1, 37 KO’s) on Saturday night on Golden Boy Promotions mega card in Las Vegas, but it will be hard to see Diaz coming back from this. Regardless of how young the 26-year-old Diaz is there’s no getting around the fact that he has lost three out of his last five bouts and probably should have lost four of his last five bouts.
By Chris Williams: Instead of fighting a needless rematch against Miguel Cotto in 2011, Manny Pacquiao needs to go after the winner of the lightweight clash between Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Juan Diaz, a fight which will be taking place this Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Most boxing fans feel that Marquez should easily win the fight against Diaz, and that will put Marquez in a good position for a third fight with Pacquiao, if the Filipino fighter will agree to take it. He probably won’t, though.
By Jason Kim: WBA/WBO lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez (50-5-1, 37 KO’s) will be facing a struggling former IBF/WBA/WBO lightweight champion Juan Diaz (35-3, 17 KO’s) this Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada. Diaz, 26, may not like to admit it to himself, but he’s in a situation where he cannot afford to lose this fight if he wants to stay relevant in the lightweight division or in any division for that matter.
By Sean McDaniel: WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan (23-1, 17 KO’s) is looking to take on arguably the biggest name in his career by getting the winner of this Saturday’s lightweight title fight between WBA/WBO lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Juan Diaz at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Khan, 23, needs a big named opponent for him to continue to move forward in trying to become a big star in the United States. There are hopes that by taking on an older, smaller fighter like Marquez, the U.S. boxing public will become enamored with Khan and will want to purchase his fights on pay per view in high numbers like fans do with fights involving Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao.
By Jason Kim: Former IBF/WBA/WBO lightweight champion Juan Diaz (35-3, 17 KO’s) hinted about retirement recently in an article at the Miamiherald.com. Diaz, only 26, has lost three out of his last five bouts and appears to be going downhill rather than still improving as a fighter. Diaz had this to say about his fight this Saturday night against Juan Manuel Marquez (50-5-1, 37 KO’s): “This fight here, a lot of people have been mentioning to me that it’s a do or die fight. Well, I don’t think it is a do or die fight. I think it’s a win-win situation because either I become a world champion once again and become a superstar or it opens up doors for me to do other things and focus on other aspects of my life.”
By Jason Kim: WBA/WBO lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez (50-5-1, 37 KO’s) has to get by Juan Diaz (35-3, 17 KO’s) in their rematch next Saturday night in order to get to the fight that Marquez is looking forward to against World Boxing Association light welterweight champion Amir Khan (23-1, 17 KO’s). The Khan bout will give the 36-year-old Marquez a nice payday. The bad part about that fight is that Marquez, the much more established fighter, will have to move up in weight to fight Khan for his title rather than Khan coming down to Marquez’s weight and fighting for Marquez’s two lightweight titles. There hasn’t been any talk about Marquez fighting Khan at a catch weight, like Manny Pacquiao did in his win over WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto last year in November.