ESPN boxing analyst and veteran trainer Teddy Atlas says that he thinks Floyd Mayweather Jr will have an easy time with Victor Ortiz on September 17, but that the November 12 fight between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez intrigues him. Here's what he told BoxingScene.com about Pacquiao vs Marquez:
"Maybe Marquez is getting old after all this tear-and-wear, maybe he is starting to get too slow, maybe he gets caught too easy. But one thing is no "maybe" – how he’s gonna act. And he’s gonna act like a damn warrior, like a champion, like a fighter. I think no matter what, he is forty years old or he is in ninety years old, in the middle of the winter or in the middle of the summer, Marquez will always give Pacquiao a tough fight. His style, his talent will make it a tough, a very tough fight for Pacquiao."
Atlas, who is currently putting the finishing touches on a short camp with Alexander Povetkin in Germany, has been a noted critic of Pacquiao during his rise to stardom, or rather a noted critic of Pacquiao's fights. It's interesting that he feels that Pacquiao fighting an aged, undersized Marquez is a tough fight, while he's dismissed others, because many would say that this is a classic case of hand-picked matchmaking.
But there are a lot of people who feel the way that Atlas does, that Marquez will always give Pacquiao a hard time because he just does, because he's got the right tools to trouble Manny and give him all he can handle. I can't say it's 50-50 between the camps who think the fight stinks and those who think it's being overlooked, but if it turns out to be a competitive battle, Teddy Atlas won't be the only one saying, "I told you so," I can tell you that much.