Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Juan Manuel Marquez
2009-09-19 : Floyd Mayweather Jr 146 lbs beat Juan Manuel Marquez 142 lbs by UD in round 12 of 12
- Location: MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
- Referee: Tony Weeks
- Judge: Burt A. Clements 120-107
- Judge: Dave Moretti 119-108
- Judge: Bill Lerch 118-109
- Attendance: 13,116
- Announcer: Michael Buffer
- Promoter: Golden Boy Promotions and both Mayweather and Marquez Promotions
- Aired On: HBO Pay-Per-View
The opening round was largely a feeling-out round as Mayweather worked with a quick jab and a lunging left hand. Marquez thew the occasional hook but was unable to connect against the speedy Mayweather. A minute into Round 2, Marquez landed a right hand that got the attention of Mayweather. A Mayweather left hook, however, caught Marquez coming in and put him down midway through the round. He was up quickly and received a mandatory eight-count. Mayweather continued to outbox Marquez in the third, finding success with the lunging left hook. Mayweather continued to show impeccable defensive skills in Round 4 making Marquez miss with most of his shots. Marquez did land another right hand in the final minute, however, that brought a smile to the face of Mayweather. By the end of Round 4, Mayweather had opened a small cut above the right eye of Marquez. Round 5 saw Mayweather continue to be too fast for Marquez. He began landing more frequently with both left and right hands. Marquez did seem to have a greater sense of urgency in Round 5 as he was clearly trailing on the cards. The disparity between the two fighters grew in the 6th as Mayweather began landing a lead right hand that at one point wobbled Marquez, who had begun bleeding from the nose. Marquez was simply unable to land against the supremely quick Mayweather, who either dodged the attack outright or shoulder rolled it with ease. Round 7 saw Mayweather continuing to land with the jab and looking to land uppercuts as Marquez came in. Marquez at one point had Mayweather backed into the ropes but could not connect against Mayweather's movement. In the last minute of Round 8, Mayweather backed against the ropes and encouraged Marquez to attack, at which Marquez came in wildly throwing hooks to the body. As the bell rang, Mayweather smiled walking to his corner attempting to further aggravate Marquez. Marquez opening the 9th Round strong and was able to land against Mayweather intermittently. A big left hand, however, caught Marquez flush toward the end of the round. The 10th Round continued with much of the same; Mayweather landing the occasional lunging left hand and lead right and Marquez showing desire but not connecting with anything of significance. In the 11th Round, Marquez continued to show effort but still took big punches. The final round went like the many previous with Mayweather totally in control.
- Marquez, a 2.5-to-1 underdog, entered as the #2 pound-for-pound fighter and the #1 lightweight in the world according to The Ring Magazine. Mayweather, who ranked as the # 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world prior to his temporary retirement, was unranked by the publication due to inactivity.
- Marquez had never fought above the lightweight limit.
- For Mayweather Jr., it was his first bout in a year and nine months following his temporary retirement. Marquez was coming off his world title knockout victory over Juan Diaz seven months earlier.
- It was Mayweather Jr.'s seventh bout and third consecutive to take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. For Marquez, it was his fourth bout at the venue.
- The fight, originally scheduled for July 18th, was postponed due to a rib injury suffered by Mayweather Jr.
- According to Keith Kizer, executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, the bout was supposed to be fought at a catchweight of 144 lbs. When Mayweather Jr. weighed in two pounds over the contracted weight, he was forced to pay Marquez $600,000 ($300,000 per pound).
- Reports indicated that Mayweather received a guaranteed $10 million for the bout, while Marquez earned a guaranteed $3.2 million. These figures did not include revenue from pay-per-view sales.
- In buildup for the fight, HBO aired its series "24/7" in which it briefly chronicled the two fighters' training and preparations for the bout. In episode three, Marquez was shown to be allegedly drinking his own urine. He said it was something he had done for the last five or six fights because he felt it was a way to recycle important vitamins and proteins and as he said, "...why not drink them again instead of wasting them."
- During training for the bout, Mayweather Jr.'s uncle and trainer Roger Mayweather was arrested on felony coercion and battery-strangulation charges at a Las Vegas apartment in an attack on a female boxer he once trained.
Of the notables in attendance were Mike Tyson, Oscar De La Hoya, Bernard Hopkins, Shane Mosley, NBA Hall of Famers Charles Barkley and Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and hip-hop artist Sean Combs. Also included in Mayweather's ring entourage was Paul Michael Levesque, better known as the WWE's Triple H.
- The fight generated 1.1 million pay-per-view buys and $55.6 million in pay-per-view revenue.
- "Marquez is tough as nails, he's a great little man. He was really hard to fight, and he kept taking some unbelievable shots... I've been off for two years, so I felt like it took me a couple of rounds to really know I was back in the ring again. I know I'll get better." - Floyd Mayweather Jr.
- "He surprised me with the first knockdown. He hurt me in that round, but not any other time. I don't want to make any excuses, but the weight was the problem. He's too fast. When I hit him, he laughed, but I knew he felt my punches. We tried to work the speed, but the difference was the weight." - Juan Manuel Marquez