By Jim Slattengren: After a brief two year retirement, Floyd Mayweather Jr. will be returning on July 18th against Juan Manuel Marquez in a setup fight for a possible fight in 2010 against Manny Pacquiao. Since Mayweather Jr. has little interest in fighting opponents in his own weight division (welterweight, and instead has been seeking smaller fighters like Ricky Hatton and older ones like Oscar De La Hoya, would it be fair to say that Mayweather is a bad thing for boxing?
By Jim Dower: Before Floyd Mayweather Jr. retired in 2007, he was already considered by many knowledgeable boxing fans to be a fighter that carefully chooses his opponents to minimize risk in order to get the most financial gain. In other words, a “cherry picker.”
By Jason Kim: Trainer Freddie Roach has been quick to label the July 18th fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Juan Manuel Marquez as a “stinker,” namely because it involves two fighters that are known for their counter punching ability and reactive offensive styles. However, I think Roach is way off on this one and is flapping his gums more for wishful thinking rather than what is likely to take place in the ring on July 18th at the MGM Grand, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
By Sean McDaniel: It kind of looks bad that Floyd Mayweather Jr. (39-0, 25 KOs) picked a smaller fighter to make his boxing comeback on July 18th. Instead of picking on someone his own size, Mayweather had to select World Boxing Organization lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez (50-4-1, 37 KOs), who only recently moved up to lightweight and looks smaller and weaker at that weight than he did at super featherweight.
By Jim Dower: I got to hand it to Floyd Mayweather Jr. (39-0, 25 KOs) for picking such a difficult fight after nearly two years away from boxing. Not many fighters would have taken an opponent nearly as dangerous as Juan Manuel Marquez (50-4-1. 37 KOs) after such a long layoff from the sport. However, I think Mayweather, 32, is going on belief that he hasn’t lost anything since stopping Ricky Hatton in the 10th round in December 2007.
“You know I was in the sport for 11 years and I was World champion for 10 years. When it comes July 18th, I don’t have to tell you guys what I’m going to do cause you already know what I’m going to do. He’s [Juan Manuel Marquez] going to bring his ‘A’ game and I’m going to bring my ‘A’ game.”
By Matt Stein: It’s been almost two years since Floyd Mayweather Jr. (39-0, 25 KOs) last fought, but finally Floyd is ready to make his comeback according to ESPN. Mayweather, 32, will be fighting Juan Manuel Marquez on July 18th at the MGM Grand, in Las Vegas, with the fight likely to be announced on Saturday at a press conference. Mayweather is reportedly having some problems with the IRS, and this could be one of the reasons for his decision to make a comeback.
By David Lahr: After a year and half away from boxing, unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. (39-0, 25 KOs) looks to be on the verge of making a comeback against Juan Manuel Marquez (50-4-1, 37 KOs) in July at a still to be named location. If Mayweather, 32, could end up facing the winner of tomorrow night’s bout between Ricky Hatton and Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand, in Las Vegas.