Monday 24th July 2017,
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Mayweather “The boxer who called wolf” Marquee matchups

Boxing as a sport is evolving with new superstars emerging and some stagnant old warriors trying to find their niche in this brutal and entertaining sport. The boxer who cried wolf has done it again making another comeback after announcing his retirement a year ago disrupting again boxing’s gradual evolution. Floyd Mayweather Jr. may have found another reason to get back to boxing partly would be to claim his pound per pound status but a huge part would be for money and prestige. Floyd is the most talented boxer of our generation but his continuing evading meaningful fights against boxing’s greats like Shane Mosley, Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito has kept his legacy on hold. With his pending comeback on the threshold of making it a reality Floyd will have to face a different and game level of opposition this time.
Manny Pacquiao- The current pound per pound king against the former pound per pound this would be the battle of the century and with both fighters putting emphasize on their speed this match could end up early. But we all have to wait since Manny has a big chip on his shoulder to carry and it just so happens that that chip is in a form of a slugger from England known as Ricky Hatton.
Ricky Hatton- If Hatton escapes a win against Manny; Floyd will surely give “The Hitman” his rightfully deserve rematch. Winning by knockout on their first matchup Floyd would be over flowing of confidence if he faces his former nemesis. He knows how to beat Hatton and I can’t see him why he can’t do it again.
Juan Manuel Marquez- the aging veteran who gave Manny a beating will be in for a much bigger and much faster Floyd. Although we can’t discount Juanma’s insurgency but I do believed Marquez is best in fighting in the lightweight division going a notch higher would be doomed for Marquez.
Shane Mosley- I thought we saw the best of Shane when he lost against Miguel Cotto but I was dead wrong when he pummeled Cotto’s tormentor Antonio Margarito. He did not only dominate the younger Margarito but he also made a big statement that Sugar Shane Mosley is still a force to reckon with. I think Floyd and Shane are a perfect match with both guys on the same weight and both guys could match speed per speed action. The long overdue ring date has been on talks for years now. If Mayweather wants to solidify his claim for greatness then he should take this fight. But I think he’s just wise enough to decline a fight which has a higher risk and low reward on his part.

It would be great to see Mayweather back on the ring again his unbeaten record speak a lot of his magnitude. The five time weight division champion will once again entertain us with his superior talent and the whole boxing world is calling him again. Mayweather is back but does he still command the respect he deserves? Well one thing I’ve learn from respect… we all have to earn it… he will have to go through hell and back if he wants to be called the best. It’s not about the record it’s all about the level of opposition. This time Mayweather should start practicing and getting his groove back on the gym because Pacquiao, Hatton, Marquez and Mosley have all the capability to hurt him and hurt him bad because they are also building a legacy a legacy in which the boxer who called wolf never had.

Jess Matthew Beltran

Jess has contributed a thousand plus articles to various international and local sports sites. He is still finishing up an e-book which talks about basketball and life. Message him at [email protected]

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Jess has contributed a thousand plus articles to various international and local sports sites. He is still finishing up an e-book which talks about basketball and life. Message him at [email protected]