SPORTS FANS WEIGH IN ON MAYWEATHER VS MARQUEZ;
YAHOOSPORTS.COM POLL SHOWS FIGHT "VERY" CLOSE TO CALL
Looks might be deceiving but they can't fool everyone. A yahoosports.com poll (Who will win Mayweather vs. Marquez?) published last week showed the public is nearly split down the middle as to who will win the September 19 super fight between Floyd "Money" Mayweather,returning to the ring after an 18-month layoff and and Juan Manuel "Dinamita" Marquez, the number one Mexican fighter in the world right now and moving up in weight to face the dangerous Mayweather.
With close to 55,000 (54524 total votes) fans participating, 51% think Mayweather will win; 46% say Juan Manuel Marquez will win and 3% think it will be a draw.
"There is no doubt in my mind that Marquez is coming to fight and fight hard Saturday night," said Mayweather. "The fans have known all along this is going to be a great fight and their votes tell it like it is. But I can tell you right now that the 51% of them that are picking me are the ones that are right."
"I am happy to see the people believe in me and my abilities and they will witness a great upset September 19," said Juan Manuel Marquez. "I am bigger, stronger and faster, all of which I will bring to the ring with me Saturday night to beat Mayweather."
"Floyd has no doubt that he is fighting the best guy out there and that is why he picked him," said Leonard Ellerbe, CEO Mayweather Promotions. "He wants to come back right where he left off and give the people another great performance and memorable boxing moment too. But certainly don't let the poll fool you either, as Floyd is in the best shape of his life and plans on destroying this guy."
"The people believe that Juan Manuel has a great shot at pulling off the upset and so do I," said Oscar de la Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions. "Mayweather is coming back from a big layoff and happens to be fighting Marquez, who is the most intelligent fighter in the game today. I wouldn't be surprised to see the odds get even closer this week too."