- Dec 30, 2009
Good analysis and totally agree on every point. Khan is probably on the list if he can keep his chin in in his next two fights.Merckx index said:Khan's people denied this, and I haven't heard any more about it. Though Khan is an interesting opponent for Mayweather--his main weakness is a glass jaw which might not be so much of a liability with a defensive specialist--he's coming off a stretch of 3-4 very disappointing performances. It would be hard to build up this fight as a compelling match.
Anyway, forget Floyd. One of the most significant fights of the year takes place tonight: Marquez vs. Bradley. Though any fight can turn out to disappoint the hype, this has the potential to be a great one. Far more likely to be close and exciting than Floyd-Canelo ever promised to be. And the stakes are very high.
If Marquez wins, he becomes the sixth man in history--and first Mexican--to win titles in five weight divisions. He should be there now, the reason he isn't is because Pacquiao was robbed in his fight with Bradley. Pac clearly won the fight, and if he'd been given the decision, he would have held a welterweight belt when Marquez beat him last year.
Bradley is undefeated, coming off a slugfest in which he took so much punishment that he had slurred speech and memory loss for several months. He probably shouldn't be fighting at all, but as usual, these elite athletes rarely think of the long-term consequences of what they do.
My money is on Marquez, but he is 40 years old, whereas Bradley is in his prime. Neither fighter is really a KO specialist, and it will probably go the distance. If Bradley does win, it should give him a great chance to meet Mayweather. And I would give him a better chance in that fight than Canelo had.
Not a Mayweather fan but sort of feel for him. He will quite probably retire undefeated but when you look back to the era of Duran, Leonard, Hearns and Hagler, he won't be remembered with the same reverence.