No Marquez-Khan? No Problem!

A few weeks after Juan Manuel Marquez lost to Floyd Mayweather, rumors swirled that Golden Boy Promotions were lining him to to battle Amir Khan. However, Nacho Beristain, the head trainer of Marquez, quickly shot down the idea saying that Marquez needed a fight to bounce back from the defeat first before taking on a dangerous fighter in Khan.

After that, Khan defeated Paulie Malignaggi and Marquez defeated Juan Diaz, which again sparked the public’s interest in seeing Khan and Marquez meet inside the ring. But it seems that this fight wasn’t meant to be. Khan’s people have released information saying that Marquez priced himself out of a match.

But the boxing world should not fret. When a really good match dies, two good ones are born (I could say this will hold true for any other fight except the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight).

Khan is now scheduled to fight Marcos Rene Maidana, one of my favorite fighter, in what would be a very good match. Khan is an all-around fighter. He has speed, power, agility, stamina, and ring smarts. However, the biggest flaw in his game is his ability to take a punch. He lost via first round knockout to Bredis Presscot back in 2008. Since then he fought against opponents who aren’t known for having knockout power. But with Maidana, he’ll be facing arguably the most powerful puncher in the division. If there is a fighter who can test Khan’s jaw, it is Maidana.

Marquez on the other hand will face on Australia’s blood and guts warrior, Michael Katsidis. Although Marquez is leaps and bounds better than Katsidis in terms of skill, Katsidis owns one of the biggest hearts in boxing. What he lacks in skill, he makes up for in sheer determination. This is an interesting stylistic match up and should be tons of fun because neither of these fighters would quit.

So there you go. Two more good fights to look forward to. 2010 is shaping up to be a very good year for boxing.

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