Archive for Floyd Mayweather Jr

Boxing’s Baddest – P4P

Posted in Boxing with tags , , , on May 24, 2010 by Dallas O'Malley

1) Floyd Mayweather

It kills me to place him atop and as I predicted he would cruise through the overrated Mosley bout, BUT its extremely fair to say that he will win against Manny Pacquiao when or if they meet.  He has benefited tremendously from matches against under-sized, bloated and declining opponents alike.

2) Manny Pacquiao

He’s a fight fan’s fighter and never disappoints. Though he’s too small and gets hit too often to think he can defeat Mayweather.

3) Sergio Martinez

Schooled Kelly Pavlik to win the middleweight title and was denied a decision I believed he deserved against Paul Williams.  On paper it was a loss, but in boxing, fighter’s loses aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on half the time.  Martinez was the better fighter in both cases and is on the verge of becoming a star.

4) Paul Williams

The crafty southpaw got away with a decision against Martinez then had his match against Kermit Cintron end in truly bizarre fashion.  He passed on a rematch with Cintron which is puzzling considering their match was just getting started when it abruptly ended.  The bottom line is he was absurdly awarded a win when no contest would be in order just about anywhere else on the planet.  He received another win he didn’t deserve and apparently that’s good enough for Paul Williams.  Then he wonders why nobody cares him.

5) Juan Manuel Marquez

Say what you will about Marquez fading but the fact he remains he has fought the best on his way up the scale.  Often against younger, fresher fighters.  That can’t be said about other fighters such as Mayweather and Chad Dawson.


Guaranteed Money

Posted in Boxing with tags , , , on April 13, 2010 by Dallas O'Malley

Floyd Gayweather knows a thing or two about money.  He knows how to make it.  He knows how to throw it away.  He also knows how to stay money inside the ring.

Come May 1st, I will not be one of the many forking over $50 for Gayweather’s match against “Sugar” Shane Mosley.  There’s no need to when Gayweather’s victory is pretty much guaranteed.  Barring some freak occurrence, boxing’s biggest bitch will walk away with a decision win.

Two fights ago, Mosley stopped Ricardo Mayorga at 2:59 of the very last round.  Had the fight not been waved off, Mosley would have won by majority decision.  The encounter was a victory but it’s a prime example of Mosley’s masked declining ability.

It was a rare case where the finish depreciates a fighter.  Mayorga’s was everyone’s favorite come back victim because he could be easily outclassed by a technical boxer.  He was the perfect opponent for a fighter wanting to knock some rust off and look dominant in the process.  Mayorga should have never seen the championship rounds in that fight.  Oscar De La Hoya ran through him in 6; Tito Trinidad in 8.  There’s no excusing the fact Mayorga shouldn’t have survived as long as he did considering how overmatched he was against Mosley.

It’s hard to take away from a win much less two, but Mosley’s win against Antonio Margarito is another that deceived many.  Margarito can say he didn’t know about the illegal hand wraps, but every boxer knows how his hand wraps are done.

Judging by the look on his face and the way he fought, Margarito just wanted out of there.  He didn’t know what to do without the plaster wraps and he didn’t want to find out.  How else do you explain Margarito retreating, half the production of his normally furious pace, unwillingness to hunt down and walk through shots?  He fled and essentially gave up.  Mosley deserves credit for finishing him, but it’s another fruitless triumph due to the deflated version of Antonio Margarito that night.

There is almost nothing I would much rather see than to watch Gayweather lose, but unfortunately I will have to wait a little bit longer.  Mosley is one of the finest fighters of any generation but the sun is setting on his career.  It goes without saying Gayweather is well aware of this.  It’s why the fight was made in the first place.  The Mayorga and Margarito fights illustrated the bleak chance of an upset.

Shane Mosley doesn’t use his jab much anymore.  His rolling shoulders are gone.  His speed isn’t what it used to be.  He has his work cut out for him against the defensive mastery that Floyd Gayweather brings.  Mosley will land his shots but not enough of them to supplant Gayweather.

Mosley’s best chance is to turn it into a fight instead of a boxing match.  It’ll never happen against Gayweather.

Floyd Gayweather’s perfect record was no accident.  He’s reached his perch by following a carefully crafted and cunning plan.  He remains there by risking little and talking a lot.  Against Shane Mosley, Gayweather is out of harm’s way and will have plenty to brag about with Mosley’s name on his resume’.

The Magic of Manny

Posted in Boxing with tags , , , , on March 16, 2010 by Dallas O'Malley

Motormouth Mayweather is unusually quiet these days.  Floyd Mayweather is running around his las Vegas mega mansion, that he can’t afford yet, trying to put a negative spin on Manny Pacquiao’s shut out win against Joshua Clottey.  Anyone who witnessed Clottey’s scared turtle impression last Saturday night against Manny Pacquiao realized what Mayweather did as he watched it himself.  There was no sensational KO this time around for Pacquiao, but the fact that Clottey bitched up and just tried to survive was a serious testament to Pacquiao as a fighter.  Just as much as the sounds of crickets coming from the Mayweather camp.  Pacquiao managed to clobber the pride out of Clottey, and shut up boxing’s biggest jerk all in one magical night.  It’s no wonder why he’s the best.

Pay The Man

Posted in Boxing, MMA with tags , , , , , , , on February 24, 2010 by Dallas O'Malley

The UFC’s story is quite touching. Going from nearly extinct a few years ago to currently the world’s #1 combat sport brand. Still don’t think so? Well UFC’s pay-per-view numbers for 2009 are astonishing. Of the top ten pay-per-view events of 2009, the UFC claimed six to boxing’s three. The UFC accumulated 6.13 millions pay-per-view buys on that list versus 3.125 million for boxing. When comparing boxing’s top 3 event totals to those of the UFC, Dana White smiles emphatically thanks to a distinct 2-1 victory over the age old sport, and not to mention their biggest competition. That is quite the success story. It’s the stuff Hollywood scripts are made of. Now when exactly do they plan on finally passing along their good fortune to their fighters?

Brock Lesnar headlined UFC100, the top PPV event of ’09, and received a $3 million payday once all was accounted for. It’s worthing nothing that a far less popular and disgraced boxer, Antonio Margarito, cashed in $2.3 million for fighting Shane Mosley on a regular broadcast of HBO’s Championship Boxing in January ’09. Boxing’s top draws can bank on $20 million when negotiating to fight each other, but the UFC can’t afford more than $3 million to its biggest cash cow for the most important show in the company’s history? WTF?

The UFC is raking in money hand over fist. Need more proof? UFC 100 sold 1.6 million PPVs. The monetary totals are undisclosed, but we can only estimate $320 million in UFC 100 purchases. That estimate was drawn from conservatively figuring the breakdown at 80% were home buys at $50 each, and 20% bar/extended outpost at $800 a piece. That’s a massive total already even without figuring in gate receipts and merchandising. It far exceeds HBO’s single broadcast budget. Lesnar’s pay wouldn’t even account for 1% of the pay-per-view revenues.

Boxing also has more payout obstacles. Bloated sanctioning fees from their governing bodies like the WBA, WBC and IBF often cripple the boxer’s purse. The UFC is free of that burden. Both boxing and the UFC hold events where this is no state tax. Both are also very profitable thanks to sponsors and confidential licensing fees.

There is no excuse for the anemic salaries awarded to UFC fighters. It is highway robbery when you consider a punk like Floyd Mayweather is making eight figures for his pitter-patter glorified sparring sessions on PPV. The UFC is a rock solid promotion amassed from the blood spilled by its fighters. Safe from any Affliction-type meltdowns in their future. What’s right is right and if the UFC is surpassing boxing’s numbers, then the fighter’s pay should be too or at least come close to it.

Poll: Pacquiao-Mayweather Venue

Posted in Boxing with tags , , , on December 2, 2009 by Dallas O'Malley

New Orleans has not hosted a championship fight since Duran-Leonard II. With a historic fight on the horizon, it's time boxing returns to the Superdome where some very prominent contests have transpired.

When Robert Duran allegedly uttered the ill-famed words of “no mas” in his rematch with “Sugar” Ray Leonard, he said he was done with boxing that night.  Duran never actually said “no mas” and regardless of that what was said or not, it took Duran years to regain his credibility.  When Duran quit, so did the boxing community on New Orleans as a host site for big boxing title fights.  In the 29 years since that fateful night of November 25, 1980, “The Big Easy” has had a hard time landing a big time fight.  New Orleans has never again seriously been considered for a venue of a major championship fight…until now.

The megafight everyone has been waiting for, Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather, has named “The Crescent City” as one of three possible sites for what is believed will be the biggest boxing event in history.  In the running with Louisiana’s Superdome is the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas (which has become boxing’s modern day Mecca) and Jerry Jones’ prized Cowboys Stadium.

It’s a sad truth but the Superdome is a serious underdog here.  Even Shaquille O’Neal could figure that one out.  The MGM Grand will host many more memorable fights in boxing’s future so they can miss out on this one. The real challenge will be beating out Cowboys Stadium.

Jerry Jones wants to present a boxing event in his new playhouse.  Top Rank’s Bob Arum wants to bring boxing back to outdoor stadiums.  Cowboys Stadium is the premiere sports coliseum in the world.  The Superdome is an outdated 34 yr old complex, which gives it only a puncher’s chance of winning this one.

Pacquiao-Mayweather is going to be a world-class event and not just an ordinary boxing match.  New Orleans knows a little something about showcasing an unforgettable experience unlike any other city in this great land.  When it comes to having a good time, no one does it better than New Orleans.  What the fight would lose in attendance, 100K in Cowboys Stadium vs. 67K in the Superdome, they would gain in an event as a whole.  Arlington, TX does not have anything to compete with the French Quarter.  All they have is massive television screens to brag about.  Jazz Fest would be the week before the original proposed date of May 1.  Visitors could come in early and catch 2 major affairs in the same week.  What you would do in either Las Vegas or Arlington the week of the fight you can do at any other time during the year.  If the fight comes to New Orleans paying fans can double dip their fun in a unique way.

Boxing is big enough to spread the wealth and New Orleans deserves this fight.  Jones will sure enough get his turn as will the MGM Grand.  It has also been said that the fight may be pushed back due to Pacquiao’s election on May 10, but even then New Orleans should still be the host site.   Some of the biggest fights in history have taken place in colorful locations such as Tokyo, Manilla and Zaire.  New Orleans is not as roughshod as those foreign metropolises but it certainly is the most enticing of the three cities in the running.  New Orleans Pacquaio-Mayweather would keep the city satisfied for another 29 years.

Pacquiao Cements Legacy As A True All-Time Great

Posted in Boxing with tags , , , on November 15, 2009 by Dallas O'Malley
Roach- Pacquiao

Freddie Roach has turned Manny Pacquiao into the 1st true boxing legend of the 21st century

Floyd who?   Money what?  Apparently there is no stopping Manny Pacquiao.  Manny Pacquiao answered everyone’s question regarding who in fact is the best boxer in the world.  By conquering Miguel Cotto in savage fashion, Pacquiao has once again eliminated Floyd Mayweather Jr. out of the conversation.  The word “great” is thrown around too often in sports and it shouldn’t even be used when describing Manny Pacquiao.  Pacquiao is far better than “great”. Pacquiao is an angel of destruction; a picture of poetic violence.  With his record-setting 7th world title in 7 different divisions, he is now immortal.  With Manny Pacquiao there is no reason for us to revisit the past when looking for the exceptional few that we look to reincarnate.  Pacquiao is now among the legends who define the sport through the ages.  Like our fathers spoke of “Sugar” Ray Robinson and Rocky Marciano, we will tell tales of the magnificent Manny Pacquiao who became boxing’s flagship when it needed him most, and took our breath away in doing so.

Mayweather’s Race Card Has Expired

Posted in Boxing with tags , , , , , on September 17, 2009 by Dallas O'Malley
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is in fact as dumb as he looks.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. is in fact as dumb as he looks.

Mayweather has done it again.  Just when you think he can’t get any more ignorant he proves us wrong yet again.  Now he even has me ranting about his stupidity.  He claims now that race is the reason behind his negative image.  Don’t let this fool you.  Mayweather is too smart to believe his own nonsense.

He is not at all serious but he would have you believe he is.  Mayweather is insanely insecure.  Just look at his juvenile promotional tactics.  Stating that his race is the reason people hate him is about as redundant as his fights.  If Mayweather is perceived a certain way it is because he chose to portray himself that way. It’s sickening to see these articles about his unnoticed generous side and how misunderstood he is.  That’s total bullshit.  Floyd is not bothered at all at being viewed as a heel.  He played the role in every promotion because that is all he knows.  He could never be the media darling like “Sugar” Ray Leonard or Oscar De La Hoya. He might have had a chance if he wasn’t such a jackass.  He’s been labeled charismatic but if he were truly were then he would have to resort to racialism to sell his fight with Juan Manual Marquez.

Race is a surefire way to drum up some buzz but completely and totally asinine.  With the fight just a few days away pitter-patter Floyd figured to throw the race card out hoping it turns into a few more PPV buys.  Floyd only knows cheap ways to promote a fight.  He knows the threat a mediocre card like the simultaneously telecasted UFC103 poses to his own success.  Floyd is fully aware that the last time boxing and MMA went head-to-head on pay-per-view, boxing lost.  He also knows that non-traditional headliners in the UFC have outsold him on PPV.   He’s quick to point out that his fights with De La Hoya and Ricky Hatton were major successes but that was because of his opponents’ fan base and not his own.  So when he claims he gets better treatment in the UK it’s also because he doesn’t act like an imbecile when he’s there.  He plays up to them with flattery as he did with that horribly loud UK flag jacket he wore during the European press tour.  It’s all as orchestrated as the typical stare down at weigh-ins.

He knows he lost his status as the #1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world to Manny Pacquiao.  He lost many fans due to his dreary defensive style to the all-action two-fisted tornado that is Pacquiao.  He says you can knock his talent but it’s a knock against him because his talent isn’t enough to keep the public’s interest.  He finds himself 2nd banana again and in his twisted mind he thinks using perhaps the most controversial topic in America to make him a PPV magnet.  It’ll work on the simple-minded easily entertained few, but the larger portion of the PPV market scoffs at it.

Obviously Mayweather does not want to realize we as fans have evolved in not to be suckered by his hollow racial damning. It’s a tired act and I believe Floyd knows this.  He’s desperate so he’ll say anything as fight night nears to sustain his fledging sport and livelihood.  The saying goes, “believe half of what you see and none of what you hear”.  When it comes to Floyd believe absolutely nothing.