Last Saturday we could have witness the face off eliminations of the two lightweight fights scheduled but Joan Guzman had to cancel the fight for his own good after 3.5lbs heavy than the 135lb lightweight limit and had to suffer serious dehydration and so all roads goes to the Juan Manuel Marquez and Joel Casamayor Face off.
The fight was a see saw battle until Marquez right hand found its place in the 11th round and scored a knockout on the crafty Casamayor. Marquez have accomplished what Acelino Frietas, Jose Luis Castillo and the late Diego Corrales haven’t done to knock the lights off of Casamayor. Marquez is now the Ring magazine lightweight champion and was quoted as saying “Mayweather is the no.1 and after he retired I am now the no.1 best in the world” Is Juanma the best? Everyone can make a good argument about this… Many think Manny Pacquiao is the best after his demolition job against hard hitting David Diaz but still a draw and a split decision win against Marquez still leaves everything unsettled.
Juan Manuel’s Argument
Marquez followed Manny Pacquiao in the lightweight division hoping to settle the score against Pacman by doing so he fought one of the best in the lightweight division. Pacquiao fought a hard hitting sitting duck David Diaz although David was overwhelmed by Manny’s speed and power but David was once an Olympian and had never been down prior to Pacquiao’s fight the thing is interim or champion the fact that David Diaz won the WBC belt means that he had fought through nails to be a champion and there’s no such thing as an easy opponent or a champion in that matter.
Juan Manuel Marquez may have fought a more known commodity in the lightweight division but the fight before the 11th round could have gone either way if it had reach the full 12 rounds. Age got into Joel Casamayor with all the battles he had sooner or later he will self destruct.
Credit is served to where it is due. Hats off to Juan Manuel for fighting a good fight and I have never seen Juanma this good. He deserved the win and a third fight with Pacquiao should have been made but this time things are a bit blurry for that fight to happen.
Manny would be fighting a dream match with Oscar De La Hoya this Dec.6 and if Manny wins Oscar would beg for a rematch for another mega money fight or a matchup with Ricky Hatton would be feasible. That would leave Juan Manuel Marquez looking for another dance partner. Pacquiao was vocal about fighting his last two fights before hanging up for good and time is running out for Marquez at age 35.
Future Fights for Marquez
If a Pacquiao fight is not available Juanma should clean the lightweight division by fighting Nate Campbell then Juan Diaz or a rematch against Casamayor. If Pacquiao and Marquez both successful on their fights a face off between two unsettled pound per pound kings would be a fitting finale for their careers.
Who is the best lightweight?
I would have voted the tested veteran Nate Campbell holding three belts on his name. But Juan Manuel Marquez has showed a good argument after beating Casamayor in a classy fashion. Manny Pacquiao’s sterling performance against David Diaz could also be a base for a good debate. Everything is still unclear for now but lets all settle this argument in the ring…. Pacquiao-Marquez 3 this would seal the deal.