Mayweather v. De La Hoya
Mayweather is to quick and smart for an aging DelaHoya.... who also has to many things going on in his world, to concentrate enough to beat Mayweather, who was born to fight.
Mayweather wins a tough fight, but with a solid decision. And given boxing is struggling and perhaps on the way out.... I suspect this one will well judged and scored right. The sport can't afford it to be otherwise.
why has boxing been on the decline?
The demise of the heavyweight division.
Too many titles and title holders..... they don't mean anything anymore.
I suspect the numbers are down.... other sports pay better than they used to.... why get punched in the face when you can make that much by hitting or kicking a ball.
Less talent due to less numbers.
Too many bad decisions, questionable match-ups and decisions (aside from the bad ones), and promoter habits, have chased off a lot of formerly hard core fans.... including me.
PPV for anything that "hints" of a big fight has not allowed the casual fan to become familiar with the better fighters leading to a lack of overall interest in the sport. For example; when I was young I didn't have to shell out a lot of money to watch a lot of of fights that Duran, Monzon, Hagler, Pinto, Zarate, Arguello, and I could on and on.... all had. So I became a fan. And when a really big match-up happened.... it was worth shelling out the extra money.
Round of 12
The lack of real fights (this is the best fight in the last 5 years, why is that?), the abuse of good things (super fight concept), lack of strong fighters in the classic weight divisions, Don King. Alphabet orginizations, death of boxing gyms/trainers, not too many years ago it wasn't unusual for churchs to have a boxing ring set up! Almost everyone knew someone who could teach you to jab, punch in combinations, not too many can do that now.
i agree with sgallan on the first part but on the second part i disagree. seeing that boxing is in such bad shape i could see them have oscar win this one setting up a rematch for floyd to win and then a rubber match to complete the trilogy and try to give boxing a shot in the arm, do not think that this is crazy because boxing is a business and buiness is floundering. it is all about the almighty dollar
Originally Posted by sgallan
I doubt you'd see either guy stick around for three fights. Both guys have talked retirement, and personally I'd be shocked if Oscar especially fights again after this last one
I wasn't rooting for De La Hoya, but I think he won the fight.
All the reports seem swayed against him, and I didn't like him, but I think he clearly won the fight.
More reasons why I hate boxing.
Are you serious? De La Hoya barely landed any punches in the last 4 rounds. It was a complete shutout for mayweather on those rounds.
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