No Mayweather Vs Pacquiao? Watch Diaz Vs Marquez II
Although the boxing world has again been cheated out of a Floyd Mayweather Jr vs Manny Pacquiao superfight, there is a fight on July 31st that could provide an extreme amount of fireworks that any fight fan should get excited for. Last February, Juan Diaz and Juan Manuel Marquez waged war in an exciting back and forth bout that ended with a dramatic 9th round knockout win for Marquez. The epic struggle between lightweights ended up being named “Fight of the Year” by ESPN.com.
So why not do it again? Although Marquez dropped a decision to the much bigger Mayweather and Diaz split two fights with Paulie Malignaggi, it only makes sense for these two Mexican warriors to square off again and try to recreate the magic of their first encounter. The two will clash July 31st at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV to see if Marquez will continue his dominance or if Diaz can even the score. It will be the volume puncher (Diaz) against the technically brilliant counter-puncher (Marquez) in what is sure to be a crowd pleasing rehash of their initial encounter.
Coming off of a loss to Malignaggi last December, Diaz knows that this fight could determine whether or not he continues his boxing career. After beginning his career with 33 straight victories, Diaz has dropped three of his last five and finds himself in a crossroads.
“This fight is going to prove to me whether I have it or I don’t,” the fighter who is considering law school and already owns his own construction company says. “This is what’s going to take me to the top in the lightweight division. If it doesn’t happen, then it’s not meant to be and I can move on to bigger and better things.”
Marquez also sees this fight as significant considering the one-sided loss to Mayweather last September. Ready to put that loss to the side and prove that he is still one of the pound-for-pound best fighters in the world, Marquez has to get past Diaz. But Marquez also feels inclined to recreate the fireworks from last year’s encounter.
“The rematch will be equal, if not better than the first fight,” the 36-year-old says. “I’m motivated to defend my titles with the same amount of pride. I don’t know how much longer I will fight, that’s up to God to decide.”
Considering that the dueling warriors possess styles that are made for dramatic action, it’s not too hard to believe that this fight could possibly top their first encounter. Diaz has much more to lose at this point than Marquez and will surely fight as if it is now or never. Marquez has been in his fair share of battles with the likes of Marco Antonio Barrera, Manny Pacquiao, Joel Casamayor and others so this is familiar territory him.
Regardless of how you look at it, this is going to be a great fight. The only problem is that it will be on pay-per-view so fight fans will have to cough up $49.95 to see it. But if you grab a few buddies to cut the cost down, it will be money well spent.