Mayweather too Much for Marquez
After a 21 month layoff from the sport, one of boxing's biggest names (and mouths) made a triumphant return to the ring Saturday night in Las Vegas as Floyd "Money" Mayweather easily defeated Juan Manuel Marquez in a one-sided welterweight bout by unanimous decision.
Mayweather, who's last bout was a 10th round knockout of Ricky Hatton in December of 2007, showed no signs of ring rust, taking control of the fight early with a second round knock down of Marquez with left hook. Considered by many to be one of boxing's all-time best defensive fighters, Mayweather only allowed Marquez to land a microscopic 12 percent of his 583 punches thrown while the boxer formerly known as "Pretty Boy" landed 59 percent of his punches. Even with the embarrassing gap in punches landed and ferocious efforts in the 10th and 11th rounds, Mayweather was unable to knockout Marquez. The Mexican fighter was outmatched and unable to follow the direction of his trainer Nacho Beristain. Marquez did, however, "finish with dignity" as Nacho instructed him to do going into the fight's final round - definitely a moral victory for the outsized Marquez to go the distance.
The former "Dancing with the Stars" contestant improved his perfect record to 40-0 but the victory did not come without controversy. At Friday's weigh-in, Mayweather came in two pounds heavier than the agreed upon 144 pound weight. Rather than canceling the fight, Mayweather paid a $600,000 penalty ($300,000 for each pound over) to the smaller Marquez who fought at 130 pounds as recently as 18 months ago.