Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Juan Manuel Marquez: Saturday 11pm EDT (HBO PPV)Since he last fought 21 months ago, unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. has watched Manny Pacquiao surpass him as the boxer considered the world’s best with a 2008 fighter of the year award and a second-round flooring in May of Ricky Hatton, the same man dropped by Mayweather in December 2007 in 10 rounds. Mayweather’s confidence hasn’t diminished with the layoff and he stepped into MGM Grand Saturday night as more than a 4-to-1 favorite against world lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez. At Friday’s weigh-in, Marquez weighed a personal-high 142 pounds to Mayweather’s 146. Though Mayweather’s weight cost him a $600,000 penalty paid to Marquez, he was expected to pack on even more weight before fight night, causing some astute boxing followers to surmise Mayweather – getting paid a guaranteed purse of $10 million – merely bought himself a weight edge against his Mexican foe. Marquez shrugged off the disadvantage Friday. Now, we’ll see if the difference makes a difference.
I won't be joining Mark Cuban At UFC 103 at the AAC in Dallas. I don't get the UFC, which reminds me of a bar fight in a cage. I also won't pay $60 bucks to watch the Mayweather fight live from the MGM in Las Vegas on HBO PPV. I will watch the replay on HBO next Saturday night and follow the round by round scoring live from the MGM on twitter twitter.com/MichaelDavSmith
The LA Times will also be blogging live from the Las Vegas during the fight latimesblogs.latimes.com/sports_blog/200