Posted on: May 2, 2010 12:28 am

Mayweather expected

Shane Mosley got two lucky punches in the second round of his fight on Saturday night against Floyd Mayweather. Then, as he often does, Mayweather decided that was enough.

After that, Mayweather took Mosley to school. It was one of those advanced classes, too. It was the kind of schooling that demonstrates why Mayweather is the best, most techincal and intelligent fighter in any of the fighting sports today.

Nothing Mayweather does in the ring is sexy. There are few spectacular knockouts but his boxing skills are superior to anyone else's on the planet. That was apparent against Mosley.

After those two hard rights landed by Mosley the smarter Mayweather dominated with a series of piercing rights, surgical hooks and expertly utilized a dazzling speed advantage. Mayweather, incredibly, was in the best shape I've ever seen him and that's saying something.

Mayweather reached into Mosley's chest and slowly removed his heart round by round.

This fight wasn't close. It wasn't. It was never going to be and anyone who thought Mosley would win doesn't know boxing.

I scored the fight 118-110. That's being generous. Mayweather won 10 rounds in a row.

It's time for the media and boxing fans to stop de-valuing Mayweather's historical importance and ranking because they don't like him personally and realize this is one of the greatest fighters in a generation.

Now comes the important stuff after this sham of a fight has concluded. What happens next? The answer will impact the future of boxing.

And if that answer isn't Mayweather fighting Manny Pacquiao then boxing will continue to be a joke.

If that fight does happen Mayweather will destroy Pacquiao, too, because there's no one out there on Mayweather's level right now. No one.

This fight should've never happened but it did and Mayweather dominated.

Now, what's next, boxing? Do the right thing. Let's get Mayweather and Pacquiao in the ring.

Do what the fans want.

For once.

Category: Boxing
Posted on: December 22, 2009 7:17 pm

Boxing about to screw up...again

The upcoming mega-fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao might not happen because Mayweather says Pacquiao won't agree to Olympic style drug testing.

So, here we go, boxing shooting itself in the foot again.

The sport is so frustrating it makes you want to punch somebody.

The publicist for Mayweather, in an e-mail sent to the media and obtained by, says Pacquiao has refused to agree to Olympic style testing as outlined by the United States Anti Doping Agency for performance enhancing drugs. In those tests, both urine and blood are scanned for PEDs.

"I understand Pacquiao not liking having his blood taken, because frankly I don't know anyone who really does," Mayweather said in a statement. "But in a fight of this magnitude, I think it is our responsibility to subject ourselves to sportsmanship at the highest level. I have already agreed to the testing and it is a shame that he is not willing to do the same.

"It leaves me with great doubt as to the level of fairness I would be facing in the ring that night. I hope that this is either some miscommunication or that Manny will change his mind and step up and allow these tests, which were good enough for all these other great athletes, to be performed by USADA."

It never ends with boxing, does it?

This fight could completely re-energize the sport and the sport is screwing it up.

I can't blame Mayweather if what he says is accurate (and with boxing you never know). He wants to make sure the playing field is level. If he submits to more sophisticated testing, so should Pacquiao.

Look for this wrinkle to become a major hurdle. I still think the fight will happen -- there's too much money at stake -- but with boxing being boxing you never know.
Category: Boxing
Posted on: November 15, 2009 10:04 am

Please, boxing, please...

Don't screw this up. Don't you dare screw this up.

The only fight anyone wants to see is Floyd Mayweather versus Manny Pacquiao. That's it, that's all.

Boxing has a way of imposing self-inflicted wounds but not even boxing can screw this up, right?


Mayweather-Pacquiao would be the biggest boxing event of the decade and one of the biggest in the history of the sport.

And I think Pacquiao might win.

Just don't screw it up boxing.

I'm begging you.
Category: Boxing
Tags: Mayweather
Posted on: September 19, 2009 7:37 pm
Edited on: September 20, 2009 12:44 am

Mayweather-Marquez super bad ass fight blog


It's over and it wasn't close.

My score: 118-109.

That might be generous.

This was a classic mismatch of speed versus a fighter who has none.

Mayweather dominated from start to finish.

He's the best in the business right now.

*     *     *

Round seven was close so I gave it to Marquez.

Eight went to Mayweather.

In in the ninth Mayweather connected with a solid combination and then hit three straight jabs.

This fight is over unless Marquez knocks Mayweather out.

*    *     *

Marquez now has blood around that right eye and also his nose. Marquez is becoming more aggressive but he's failing to seriously connect. I've got Mayweather winning the fifth round, 10-8.

Marquez is brutally tough and deserves a great deal of respect but he doesn't possess the quickness and I've got Mayweather winning 10-9, 10-8, 10-9, 9-10, 10-8, 10-9.

*     *     *

Marquez won his first round, the fourth, but it came with a price. There's blood over his right eye.

*     *     *

Right now I've got Mayweather winning every round going 10-9, 10-8, 10-9.

*   *   *

The fight begins and Mayweather connects to the head of Marquez very quickly. Marquez's forehead area is very red but from ringside it's hard to tell if that's blood.

In the second round loud chants of "Marquez! Marquez! break out.

Then Marquez goes down.

You could see it coming. Mayweather is too quick and he got a nice left hook that hit Marquez hard and Marquez went to the canvas.

In the HBO series that followed the training of the two boxers, the Marquez camp tried to duplicate Mayweather's movements. The problem is no one on the planet can duplicate his quickness.

*     *     *

This is clearly a pro-Marquez crowd.

And the atmosphere here is quite electric. Can't think of a better word.

Plus Michael Buffer looks like he hasn't aged in 30 years.

Mayweather entered the arena actually rather subdued for him. It reaffirms the notion that Mayweather is a clown outside of the ring but a great professional inside of it.

Mayweather just hugged his father.

*     *     *

Another great end to a fight. The John-Juarez fight just ended and John was declared the unanimous winner.

The main event is next.

Diddy is here so now we can start.

*     *     *

A woman in the stands literally showed up dressed as a nurse. Not kidding. Guess she figures Marquez will need help in his corner.

*     *     *

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is here.

Best Schwarzenegger joke ever came from Conan O'Brien: "In a speech this week, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said America needs to work together to conserve oil. Then Arnold lit a cigar and drove over the crowd in his hummer."

*     *     *

We're getting close to Mayweather and Marquez. Right now Chris John from Jakarta and Rocky Juarez from Texas are fighting for the WBA featherweight title.

The arena is about 90 percent full as people begin trickling inside.

Celebrity sightings have been few. We're all waiting for Doyel to show up.

With a mohawk.

*     *     *

Katsidis and Escobedo received a nice ovation for what was a 12 round beauty won by Katsidis. It was the kind of fight that again demonstrates why the sport is both so elegant and brutal. Both men survived ugly beatings and emerged with bruised and bloodied faces.

*     *     *

Michael Katsidis and Vicente Escobedo are fighting for the WBO interim lightweight title and while this fight lacks the big punches of the previous undercard bouts it is highly technical and still entertaining. Katsidis, from Australia, is doing something repeatedly that has yet to be caught by the referee: tossing a well placed and inconspicuous elbow into the ribs of Escobedo.

*     *     *

Both Mayweather and Marquez just arrived at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

*     *     *

This is a brutal and hornery crowd even for the fights on the undercard.

When Cruz was hit in the groin area -- hate when that happens -- he momentarily stopped and looked at the referee, as in, "Dude, I just got hit in the ----."

The referee ignored him and the crowd started booing.

Sorry but even the toughest man alive gets felled when hit there.

And Cruz just got knocked out in the fifth round with a vicious and textbook right uppercut.

So Lock is the NABO featherweight champion.

This fight is typical of what's wrong with boxing because while hardcore boxing fans know what the NABO is, most casual fans have no clue.

*     *     *

The vacant NABO featherweight title fight between Orlando Cruz and Cornelius Lock started with a flurry. Cruz took a gamble and threw a wild hard right that missed. Lock took advantage and knocked Cruz down with a right of his own. It was a beautiful punch.

And down went Cruz.

The fight settled down as it entered the third round and Cruz looked fine.

*     *     *

LAS VEGAS -- First celebrity sighting of the night: Bill Richardson, governor of New Mexico.

Okay, so he's technically not a celebrity but close enough.

*     *     *

LAS VEGAS -- On one of the undercard bouts fighter Said Ouali knocked down Francisco Rios five times.


Then the fight was stopped.

Not sure what took so long.

Was the referee waiting for lucky No. 6?

*     *     *

LAS VEGAS -- Please be careful when reading this blog. Keep your hands up and for God's sake protect your groin.

I'm at the Mayweather-Marquez fight. Only in boxing can two grown men weigh 140-something pounds and be overweight.

The blog will update periodically until the fight begins and then constantly throughout the fight followed by the happy ending which will be my column.

Keep reading. I'll keep writing.

Hopefully I won't pass out before my 5 a.m. flight to Dallas for Cowboys-Giants.

Category: Boxing
Posted on: September 19, 2009 3:34 pm

Dana White: shut up

LAS VEGAS -- It's one of those rare nights when a big boxing card in Floyd Mayweather-Juan Manuel Marquez goes against a nice UFC draw, in this case, UFC 103. People like me who think the UFC is hot garbage might be inclined to root for the sport since boxing keeps self-inflicting it's wounds. Root, that is, until Dana White runs his big yapper.

"People like to start this war between the UFC and boxing," White told reporters. "Here's the reality: No matter what happens (Saturday) night, boxing is in trouble. The UFC continues to to grow every year. We're up from where we were last year in this horrible economy. We're going to kick (boxing's) ass."

First, thanks for the breaking news, Czar White. Boxing was in trouble when you had hair. It's been in trouble for decades.

Second, who are these "people" White is speakig about? He's been one of the biggest trash talkers about boxing. He's stirred up the talk as much as anyone.

Third, if the UFC is so superior why does White feel the need to keep saying it over and over and over again?

No one hears the NFL constantly talk about how many more people watch pro football than baseball? The NFL just does its thing and keeps quiet.

White might try something similar.

Category: Boxing
Tags: UFC
Posted on: December 20, 2008 11:12 pm

Evander: Retire. Now.

Evander Holyfield lost and now it's time to go away.

Please don't fight again. I'm begging you. You're done, Evander.


You were a great champion but it's over.

Relax, raise your 567 kids, become an analyst on HBO, just don't fight again or the next time we hear about you the news will be radically different.

That is all.
Category: Boxing
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