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411 Boxing Preview: Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Michael Katsidis
Posted by Raymundo Dioses on 11.25.2010

Photo by Gene Blevins - Hoganphotos / GBP

This Saturday, veterans Juan Manuel Marquez and Michael Katsidis will headline a Thanksgiving-weekend boxing card from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

The two warriors highlight a card that will also feature WBC titlist Andre Berto and Celestino Caballero in what will be a nice treat to boxing fans still stuffed with turkey from Thursday night.

Sit down, grab those leftover turkey sandwiches and tacos and enjoy a championship bout between two of the best lightweights for twelve rounds or less on HBO.

What's at stake:

The WBO and WBA, as well as the Ring lightweight championship belt are on the line as Marquez attempts to make his first defense of the trinkets he won in his rematch against Juan Diaz earlier this year.

Why Marquez wants to win:

The Mexican native is STILL vying for a third fight with Manny Pacquiao, who defeated Antonio Margarito two weeks ago.

Marquez is looking to keep the dream alive against Katsidis, and with a victory, a possible negotiation process can begin.

Their first two encounters were highly controversial, with the first a draw and a second a split decision victory for Pacquiao. It is said that the only boxer that put Pacquiao in serious jeopardy was Marquez, so if Marquez can convince Pacquiao to come down to the low 140's, a third fight might be possible.

Even if a third match isn't made though, Marquez could still face one of the young talents in the 140 class like Amir Khan or Macros Maidana, or even perhaps the Alexander/Bradley winner next year. Money fights will still come Marquez's way; he just has to win on Saturday to get them.

Why Katsidis wants to win:

The Australian recently suffered a family tragedy when his brother was found deceased. If Katsidis ever showed heart in the ring, imagine what he is going to show against Marquez, a man whom he openly admits is the toughest test in his career.

If Katsidis can pull out a ‘W', he would automatically have to be thrown into the pound for pound list where Marquez has resided for the past few years. Katsidis' stock would rise in the boxing game, which would lead to more and higher profile fights in the future.

Similar opponents:

The fighters have faced the same opposition, as Marquez twice defeated Juan Diaz, who earned a decision victory over Katsidis, and Marquez knocked out Joel Casamayor, who knocked out Katsidis in a competitive shootout in 2008. Marquez has knocked out the man who knocked out the man, yet there can't be too much made out of this, since Katsidis was competitive in those fights he lost.

Who's the favorite?:

It's easy to pick a favorite as Marquez, (51-5-1, 37KO) is about a 3 to 1 favorite. However, some are pointing to the fact that Marquez is 36 years of age and has a fifty-eight fight professional career that has seen many battles.

Katsidis, (27-2, 27KO) is a warrior and a veteran in his own right, as his fight style is reminiscent of the late Arturo Gatti. He is a come forward, ‘take three punches to land one' type of fighter that would make you believe he is from Mexico and not from Down Under.

Marquez's considerable age and time already served in the ring, coupled with Katsidis heart and youth, make for an intriguing affair.

I'll reiterate from my RWR from last week. Who's gonna win? Flip a coin, its easier.

Will Marquez grow old in the ring? Will Katsidis unseat Marquez on the pound for pound list?

Tune in on Saturday night!


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