One post down, I talked about what might happen if UFC 103 comes heavy at Mayweather-Marquez, almost "going to war" with the boxing card. Rick Reeno of BoxingScene.com is reporting today that the Mayweather-Marquez card might be gearing up for battle, too.
With the featherweight title rematch between Chris John and Rocky Juarez already set, Mayweather Promotions and Al Haymon are looking at two more potentially exciting fights for the September 19 undercard. The first and more likely is a lightweight clash between Australian blood-and-guts warrior Michael Katsidis and Vicente Escobedo. Both fought on Golden Boy's "Lightweight Lightning" pay-per-view in April, with Katsidis retiring Jesus Chavez over seven rounds and Escobedo banging out a thrilling, all-action, and decisive decision win over an also now-retired Carlos Hernandez.
The second fight being talked about is a super middleweight clash between Allan Green and Sakio Bika, who are both miffed at being left out of the Super Six tournament and both have few options for major opponents. Bika and Green are powerful, exciting fighters and would both be looking to make a statement in a division that is red-hot right now and only getting hotter.
Everything will come down to money, and it might leave Zab Judah-Matthew Hatton out in the non-aired cold that night in Vegas, but this is a potentially excellent card. I mean, look at all the fights together to really wrap your head around it:
- Main Event: Floyd Mayweather Jr. v. Juan Manuel Marquez
- Co-Feature: Chris John v. Rocky Juarez II
- Sakio Bika v. Allan Green
- Michael Katsidis v. Vicente Escobedo
I don't think Mayweather Promotions will have the money to do that show -- and I don't think anyone really would have the money considering the profits people want to turn, that's no shot at Mayweather Promotions -- but if they could put that together, wow. That's a really great pay-per-view and exactly the sort of show we've been begging for as boxing fans. And it's also worth saying that if Mayweather did put this sort of show together in their first attempt at a major show as lead promoter, it'd be a kick in the pants for both Top Rank and Golden Boy, who have been fielding and disregarding fan complaints for years now.