Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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I got a call from a childhood friend a few days ago and he just could not resist the temptation of spending the entire 30 plus minute conversation discussing the epic confrontation featuring undefeated "Pretty Boy" Floyd Mayweather against boxing' money machine "The Golden Boy" Oscar De La Hoya.

My pal Wilson Brown or as we affectionately call him "Pee Wee" is a former stable mate of mine way back in the day when we competed as amateur boxers at Teamsters Local 630 in downtown Los Angeles.

Pee Wee went on to capture the Jr. Golden Gloves tournament while my claim to fame was fighting before thousands at Cal State Los Angeles and having the fans throw money into the ring after out three round bout.

Neither one of us ever turned professional, but once you spend a significant amount of time in a boxing gymnasium you can never get it out of yours system, thus when the fight came up immediately in our conversation we never got around to talking about anything else.

"You know that Floyd is too quick for Oscar," Pee Wee said. "By the time the Golden Boy figures out what's going on it will be the 13th round," he continued.

He is the one person in this world whose boxing opinion that I fully respect. He doesn't have a motive or stake, but loves the sport of boxing enough to just want to se a great fight.

No one is for sure if this will be a great fight. Usually when a fight garners this kind of hype it's almost impossible for it to live up to it's billing.

"A World Awaits" carries a moniker that befitting of the most anticipated boxing match in the past decade during an era when the sport has lost a lot of its luster and fans to the sport of mix martial arts.

The many years the biggest events in the sport were staged by it's biggest promoters Bob Arum and Don King, and due to some fault of their own they were blamed for the sport's shortcomings.

Arum was primarily responsible for the emergence of both De La Hoya and Mayweather, one who is now a promoter of the rising Golden Boy Promotions that is promoter of this fight and another who is the highest paid independent contractor in the sport in Mayweather.

De La Hoya is it own boss and dictates to boxing network HBO when he will fight and also controls the majority of the pay per view revenues.

He is self managed and promoted and without question the most powerful and lucrative athlete in the history of the sport.

Mayweather is also self-managed and self promoted, but clearly lacks the enormous corporate clout that De La Hoya has.

Just check to bevy of sponsors that has consistently associated their companies with Golden Boy such as Rock Star energy drink.

This fight is expected to exceed all revenues of any fight in the history of boxing.

Reach a million pay per view buys is almost automatic after the surplus of advertising and HBO push into this fight, but will it be a good fight or just an entertainment sports spectacle.

Mayweather is moving up to 154 pounds for the first time in his career to challenge for De La Hoya's WBA 154 title, which in this instance is totally insignificant.

These two names are so enormous in the sport, the titles mean nothing.

Mayweather is always in splendid condition and can sustain his energy for 12 rounds if necessary and his blinding hand speed is unequal to anyone in boxing.

His elusiveness is also an asset because he can catch his opponent, but his agility and foot speed allows for him to vanish when a punch is thrown at him.

De La Hoya on the other hand has gotten better every time he steps into the ring and at 33-years old seems to relish the long layoffs in between fights.

He demolished the hard-hitting Ricardo Mayorga last year and proved that he can take a shot as well as anyone.

He can box and has enough sock to hurt you with a crisp left hook/right hand combination.

The big question here is can he hit Mayweather hard enough early to hurt him? If he can't than look for Mayweather is engage just enough to score points and take the fight into the later rounds and punish him with an abundance of punches.

This will not be a Mike Tyson kind of fight where you can expect a knock, but the pure suspense of what will happen is unmatched.

Buy it and enjoy it because chances are you will not see Mayweather again after this, and there is even a greater chance that this will be the last fight for both of them.

Category: Boxing


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