SC wrote a piece a while back that Marquez's challenge to Floyd was actually meant to call out Manny, but now it seems like Richard Schaefer and the guys are really taking it seriously.
The Philippine Star has the scoop:
Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer said talks of a Juan Manuel Marquez-Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight is no joke, and is in fact starting to shape up.
According to ESPN.com, Mayweather Jr. is bound to come out of retirement, and probably face Marquez, the arch-nemesis of the Pinoy pound-for-pound champion.
"Of course, there is no question about it," said Mayweather Sr. when asked about his son coming out of retirement. "He’s trying to get a fight right now, as we speak. He’s gonna fight again."
Marquez knocked out Juan Diaz in nine rounds last Sunday in Houston to emerge as the WBA, WBO and IBO lightweight champion. Then he challenged Mayweather Jr. to fight him.
"I’m serious. Marquez is serious," Schaefer was quoted as saying. "Marquez actually held a press conference [Wednesday] in Mexico City, and he was clear that he likes to take on the biggest challenges.
De la Hoya also had this to say when the challenge was initially made:
"Juan Manuel is a dangerous, dangerous fighter for Mayweather, and I don’t see him taking it because he is so dangerous. Just like he won’t take Mosley. Absolutely, I have no doubt he is [looking for safe fights]."
Contrary to what the "Golden Boy" is saying, Marquez IS a safe fight. As talented as Marquez is, he's clearly outmatched here. Floyd is like the bigger, faster and better version of him. This was obviously just Oscar's ploy to make Mayweather fight one of his guys, and make tons of money in the process. He's trying to say that Marquez is a dangerous opponent for Floyd, but in reality, both of them know that he isn't. That is why we're seeing Floyd nibble on the end of Oscar's fishing rod.
Well all of this is still just talk and speculation for now and the fight is far from being finalized. But one thing looks pretty certain, it looks like Floyd Mayweather is indeed going to come back from his "retirement".