Floyd Mayweather tonight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, domainated Juan Manuel Marquez over the course of 12 rounds to earn a unanimous decision and raise his pristine record to 40-0.
But given the fact that Mayweather held decided advantages in both size and speed going into the fight, one has to wonder if even the overwhelming nature of tonight’s victory will be viewed as satisfactory in the eyes of his critics. After the fight, he barely was allowed a minute to bask in his great performance before he was bum-rushed by Shane Mosley trying to persuade Mayweather to fight him next, an interruption that quickly sent Floyd’s post-fight interview with Max Kellerman spiraling into an ugly fracas.
From almost the opening bell, it was clear that the entire night was going to be an ugly fracas for Marquez. Floyd’s size advantage and the massive advantage that he held in hand speed, quickly revealed itself, as Mayweather dropped Marquez to the canvas in the second round with a lightning fast left hook, the punch with which he primarily tormented his opponent throughout the fight.
The fact that he failed to stop Marquez is going to raise questions in the boxing world. Nevertheless, despite Marquez’s admittedly impressive resolve, there no doubt will be many who criticize Floyd for not finishing the job in the ring in this pay-per-view comeback fight. He did thoroughly dominated a man who many people in the boxing world feel defeated Manny Pacquiao twice, and who at the very least fought the superstar Filipino neck and neck over the course of 24 rounds. Whatever Shane Mosley and his Golden Boy crew may say, the fight the world is waiting on is Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, and stoppage or no stoppage, tonight Mayweather made a compelling case that he should be considered a heavy favorite in that bout should it ever come to pass.