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De La Hoya vs. Mayweather
The Fight of the Century

 2:11 pm on May 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

The century is just beginning but this fight is a boxing fan's dream come true. I've been anticipating and dreading this fight since the first rumor that it might happen. De La Hoya is all class and heart, Mayweather, arguably the best boxer in history.

I like both these guys, I don't want either one of them to lose. My head tells me Mayweather will come out on top, but in my heart I'm pulling for the underdog, De La Hoya.

So here's my pick, ignoring the fundamental rule of never picking a fight according to what you would like the outcome to be,

De La Hoya. 12 round split decision. And yes, I know how wrong that pick may be. ; ) Fight starts at 9 PM EST tonight.



 2:26 pm on May 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

Hard to go against the golden boy. :)


 2:52 pm on May 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

De La Hoya. 12 round split decision.

De La Hoya. TKO Round 9.

Hehehe, and I don't even follow boxing.


 3:04 pm on May 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

De La Hoya definitely has KO power, Mayorga and Vargas found that out, but Mayweather won't be as easy to hit as either of those two. Mayweather is blistering fast and a deceptive power puncher. But if De La hoya lands his left hook it could be over quickly.

Couple of sentimental reasons to pick De La Hoya, this could be his last fight, and Freddie Roach, one of the best cornermen in the business, has Parkinson's Disease.

For those of you that don't follow boxing, Floyd Mayweather Sr. has trained De La Hoya in the past, Pretty Boy FLoyd knows what he's up against.


 4:04 pm on May 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

For those of you that don't follow boxing, Floyd Mayweather Sr. has trained De La Hoya in the past, Pretty Boy FLoyd knows what he's up against.

True, but there is some kind of a family 'thing' going on between Mayweather Sr. and 'Jr' as they haven't been speaking for a while, although I think they do now...
It should be a good fight and I am cheering for De La Hoya, although have nothing against Mayweather. De la Hoya trained for 4 months for this fight vs. his usual two...


 4:22 pm on May 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

Gotta be Mayweather. Youth and speed will overcome experience. That said, sentimentally I am pulling
for De La Hoya.


 5:02 pm on May 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

>>family thing

Yeah, that's been ongoing for a long time now. De La Hoya supplied Mayweather Sr. with tickets to the fight.

De La Hoya Reaches Our To Opponent's Dad [nytimes.com]

Floyd Mayweather Sr., who nurtured his sonís career but is now estranged from him, will attend the fight courtesy of four ringside tickets from De La Hoya, who replaced him as his trainer earlier this year.


 4:30 am on May 6, 2007 (gmt 0)

Mayweather wins by split decision


 4:31 am on May 6, 2007 (gmt 0)

Well, I got the split decision right. ; )


 4:36 pm on May 6, 2007 (gmt 0)

Over hyped. Not the fight of the century. Maybe the fight

of the first decade.


 5:00 pm on May 6, 2007 (gmt 0)

I can't believed I ponied up to watch that. Never again. UFC undercard fights are more exciting.


 6:05 pm on May 6, 2007 (gmt 0)

I just watched a fight last week for free, Rivera v. Garcia, six knockdowns, Rivera scored five of them, one in the first round, one at the final bell. Fantastic fight. Sometimes the best boxers don't make the best fights.

I disagreed with the commentators that kept saying that Mayweather was landing the most effective punches. They may have been cleaner, but if someone is walking forward and takes a punch, and continues walking forward without hesitation, the effectiveness of the punch is in question. I also thought that many of the punches that 'scored' for Mayweather were taken on the gloves by De La Hoya.

Max Kellerman was out of line berating the judge that scored the fight for De La Hoya. I can easily see that fight being scored either way, but Max apparently wanted a moment.

I'd still pay to see a rematch.


 11:55 pm on May 6, 2007 (gmt 0)

I can't believed I ponied up to watch that.

I can't believe it wasn't in HD! (At least here in the San Francisco Bay Area, it wasn't)

If you're trying to "save boxing", put a little effort behind it... geez.


 3:50 am on May 7, 2007 (gmt 0)

>>>> I still will pay to see a rematch<<<<

Not me! I'll save my cash for a good heavy weight fight.

We have better fights than that at our local bar!


 4:04 am on May 7, 2007 (gmt 0)

I hear ya, but finding good heavyweight fights has been difficult. Watching Lennox Lewis was boring, but the new crop of heavies aren't much more fun to watch.

This fight was supposed to help boxing recover from its black eye. Shame it wasn't more exciting, but both fighters are excellent. A mismatch would have been more entertaining.


 7:21 pm on May 7, 2007 (gmt 0)

What we need now is a Mayweather/Mosley or even a Mayweather/Hopkins fight. Neither will be as big a draw as Oscar, but would make for a good fight for sure.


 7:34 pm on May 7, 2007 (gmt 0)

Should have given it to DelaHoya. He was pressing all the time. Heck, if he didn't press, there wouldn't have been anything happening.


 7:47 pm on May 7, 2007 (gmt 0)

The aftermath [statesmanjournal.com] may have been more interesting.


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