Sunday 6 May 2007

Mayweather - De La Hoya

Not a huge fan of boxing but when you have a fight that's billed as the 'FIGHT TO SAVE BOXING' you kinda sit up and take notice. Not that that means I watched the fight, c'mon it's on pay-per-view and I'm cheap. From all accounts it looked as though anyone watching got their moneys worth as both men beat the crap out of each other solidly for all 12 rounds. In an apparently controversial decision, two of the three ringside judges gave the fight to Mayweather (116-112, 115-113 for Mayweather and 113-115 to De La Hoya), the American/Mexican/Guy in the sombrero taking his record to an impressive 38-0. De La Hoya was the more aggressive of the two constantly raising the tempo and harassing his opponent. He threw more punches than Mayweather who managed to defend himself admirably whilst landing some counter-punches of his own. The key point here being that although Mayweather was seemingly on the back foot, his defensive punches were thrown with more accuracy than De La Hoya. As the fight progressed fatigue began to tell on De La Hoya, his aggressive attack in the earlier stage of the fight began to take it's toll. Of the last 5 rounds, four of them were won by Mayweather.

The crowd were not impressed with the judges decision, the general feeling being that De La Hoya was robbed. Even Mayweather's father thought his son had lost.
"I thought Oscar won the fight on points, threw more punches and was more aggressive," said the senior Mayweather, who munched popcorn as he watched the fight from a $2,000 ringside seat given to him by De La Hoya. "My son had good defense and caught a lot of his punches, but I still thought Oscar pressed enough to win the fight."

So even though the fight ended in controversy and booing I wouldn't feel too bad for Oscar De La Hoya.. he stands to make a cool $25 Million off this fight... professional sport gone mad


Champagne said...

the fight wasn't on pay per view! I watched and it it was pretty good. Mayweather deserved the win though. La hoya wn't on these countless attacks but failed to make many connections. mayweather was more poised and lay back and his shot to hit accuracy was more consistant. overall i think it was a 115-113 win for mayweather.

Macka said...

fine.. it was on digital and I'm impoverished.. happy Mullane?