This fight should come down to power. Does Mayweather have enough of power to put down Marquez? He did against
At 32, Mayweather's still young, and he's always been a gym rat, so he figures to be in shape. And lord knows he's never taken too much punishment. But Mayweather's make-'em-miss-and-make-'em-pay style depends on superb timing, and that's often the element that's hardest to reclaim after a long layoff.
But it's a safer fight than it seems: Marquez, who's never fought above 135 pounds, has yet to face an opponent who's not only bigger, but probably faster, too. Marquez's counterpunching helped him against Pacquiao, but Floyd doesn't give anybody an opportunity to counterpunch. Marquez is going to get hit a lot in the early rounds. He'll catch up to Floyd's timing in the middle rounds, but won't have enough pop to finish it late. I see Floyd winning a comfortable decision and fighting Pacquiao in November or December.
Ward has been coddled for most of his career. He's been matched against mostly tomato cans who haven't put up much of a fight. Beating Miranda was a step forward but Ward needs a few more recognizable names on his resume before we deify him. Two names I think Ward should be looking hard at for later this year: WBC 168-pound champion
There's no reason Dawson shouldn't be able to correct either of those problems. He has admitted that his late round struggles are a concern and he has sworn to work on them before his next fight. And if he follows up his surgical combinations with a few more power shots he should be able to secure more knockouts. But every time I talk to Dawson I get the feeling he doesn't believe he needs the big KO to jump to the next level. He thinks just winning will get him there. Dawson doesn't seem to understand that the big names (
Hopkins should walk away. His broadcasting career has promise, and as a promoter, he has the opportunity to shape the careers of dozens of young fighters. And he can say he went out on top. His
But because of Hopkins' selectivity at this point in his career, there's a good chance we may have already seen "The Executioner's" last fight. And I'd still rate him very high among history's all-time great fighters.