Dan Rafael of ESPN.com reports tonight that the option for a fall/winter fight falls to Juan Manuel Marquez: Move up to 140 and challenge titleholder Amir Khan, or stay at lightweight and defend his championship against Michael Katsidis?
"Either one is a serious fight that I would be looking forward. Either one is a fight that would be a highlight of the fall/winter boxing calendar," [Richard] Schaefer said. "It comes down to what Marquez wants to do."
These are the options most expected. The bigger money is in a fight with Khan, but it's also a fight that as good as Marquez still is, I think most boxing experts and fans familiar with where both are in their careers would expect him to lose. Khan is 14 years younger, and three inches taller, with a four-inch reach advantage. He's also extremely fast, riding a good wave of momentum at the moment, and smarter than he often gets credit for. Khan may like to talk a big game, but in the ring under Freddie Roach's watch, he's been all business and fought nearly perfectly against both Andriy Kotelnik and Paulie Malignaggi.
Then there's Katsidis, who has been barking for a fight with Marquez for about a year now. He's a dangerous prospect because of his ability to take punishment and return hard blows in kind. With Juan Diaz, Marquez really had little to fear. Diaz can't punch. Katsidis can, and Katsidis has never shied away from getting bloody or physical, physical. Marquez-Katsidis, on paper, is a war.
Disturbingly, Richard Schaefer mentioned a possible 2011 fight:
"Marquez and Morales is a fight I would love to do," Schaefer said. "We've had some conversations with Erik Morales."
For the love of God...
Anyway, who would you choose if you could advise Marquez on his next fight? WhO R U PiCkInG?