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As Floyd Mayweather Jr closes his career, which is not likely, due to him being competitive and looking to be remembered as the greatest of all time or he says, The Best Ever (TBE), many casual fans will remember Floyd as the runner but many boxing fans will remember Floyd for his career especially at the lighter weights, when he did stand in front of his opponents, make them miss and light them up with combinations. That was an exciting Floyd Mayweather Jr. As Floyd grew older, he implemented a more conservative style. We didn’t see him throw as many combinations as he did against N’dou, Gatti, Corrales, Hernandez, Manfredy and several others. He perfected the hit and not get style, leaving his opponents baffled on how to close off the ring and actually land a flush punch and even at times, walking down bigger opponents like Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.

Many will hate him but that comes with a career he created with the characters Pretty Boy Floyd and Money. Just as Mike Tyson created a persona to sell fights and a character, to entice the fans and casual fans alike, just as Ali was extremely charismatic and sarcastic to have all eyes on him, Floyd created something for himself through watching these fighters. We can hate on him all we like but a person that is disliked can never have millions tuning into watch him once or twice a year and break records cause that is not possible.

Floyd gave his all for 19 years as a fighter, just as all of us give our all everyday in our careers. Was he exciting all the time? No. Was he a smart fighter? That is obvious. But he did something right for those 19 years, to stay undefeated, to be a champion for 18 years. You can say he cherry picked his way to the top but cherry pickers don’t fight top 5 or top 3 fighters in their division.

When Floyd moved up in every division, he ended up fighting the champion in those divisions. He didn’t take tune up fights, he fought the top guy, the big dog and outclassed them. He has done everything all the fighters in the present and in the past wish they did. The amount of money he made. The records he broke. Titles in 5 different weight classes. He is what every fighter wishes they could be. There isn’t anything else to accomplish and we all know, it doesn’t make sense to fight Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, when he himself, wont even move up 1 division to take on Andre Ward, nor accept a fight with Erislandy Lara who is willing to move up to 160lbs.

Floyd puts on masterful performances every time he steps into the ring and only those who understand the sweet science, who appreciate the hit and not get hit style that Willie Pep, Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, Pernell Whittaker, James Toney, Roy Jones Jr and several others will be remembered for. Floyd will definitely not be remembered as TBE now, perhaps in the future or perhaps never but, Floyd is world class and is definitely the TBE of this era.

Accomplishments

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12 time world champion
5 division champion
4 division lineal champion

Has a record of 26-0 (10 KOs) in world title fights.
Has a record of 23-0 (9 KOs) in lineal title fights.
Has a record of 24-0 (7 KOs) against former or current world titlists:
Won against Genaro Hernandez, Gregorio Vargas, Diego Corrales, Carlos Hernandez, Jesus Chavez, Jose Luis Castillo (twice), DeMarcus Corley, Arturo Gatti, Sharmba Mitchell, Zab Judah, Carlos Manuel Baldomir, Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Juan Manuel Marquez, Shane Mosley, Victor Ortiz, Miguel Cotto, Robert Guerrero, Saul Alvarez, Marcos Rene Maidana (twice), Manny Pacquiao, and Andre Berto.
Has a record of 12-0 (3 KOs) against former or current lineal titlists:
Won against Genaro Hernandez, Diego Corrales, Jose Luis Castillo (twice), Zab Judah, Carlos Manuel Baldomir, Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Juan Manuel Marquez, Shane Mosley, Miguel Cotto, and Manny Pacquiao.
Has a record of 2-0 (1 KO) against International Boxing Hall of Fame inductees:
Won against Arturo Gatti and Oscar De La Hoya.

Regional & Minor Titles
IBO Welterweight Title (2006-2007)
IBA Welterweight Title (2006-2007)
WBC Diamond Super Welterweight Title (2012)

World Titles
WBC Super Featherweight Title (1998-2002)
WBC Lightweight Title (2002-2004)
WBC Super Lightweight Title (2005-2006)
IBF Welterweight Title (2006)
(2) WBC Welterweight Title (2006-2008, 2011-present)
(2) WBC Super Welterweight Title (2007, 2013-present)
WBA Super Welterweight Super Title (2012-present)
WBA Welterweight Super Title (2014-present)
WBO Welterweight Title (2015)

The Ring Magazine Titles
World Lightweight Title (2002-2004)
(2) World Welterweight Title (2006-2008, 2013-present)
World Junior Middleweight Title (2013-2015)

Transnational Boxing Rankings Board Titles
World Junior Middleweight Title (2013-present)
World Welterweight Title (2015-present)
Lineal Titles

World Junior Lightweight Title (1998-2002)
World Lightweight Title (2002-2004)
(2) World Welterweight Title (2006-2008, 2010-present)
World Junior Middleweight Title (2013-present)

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The Moment – Mayweather Vs Maidana – Khan Vs Collazo

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Many of you who follow my blog don’t know that I’m a HUGE boxing fan simply because I choose not to write about it on here. I did a piece on Mayweather Vs Alvarez card last year and since I did one last year, I decided to do another one for this “big” PPV card. For those who are big boxing fans like myself, you are probably as excited as I am or you may be in fact a Pactard and just wants to see Mayweather lose because he is a “cherry picker.”

With less than 24 hours to go before the PPV kicks off, controversy has already surrounded Mayweather Vs Maidana with Maidana’s, custom Everlast gloves having padding that has not been distributed properly on the knuckle area and anyone who knows about the sport of boxing and how brutal it is, safety definitely comes first. We have Panama Lewis and his fighter Luis Resto who removed padding from their gloves and brutally beat up Collins who was left depressed and some say, due to not being able to fight anymore he had committed suicide. Then we have Magarito Vs Mosley situation, where Mosley’s trainer Nasim Richardson found Margarito’s hands were not wrapped correctly and the substance found inside of them would lead to them hardening during the fight and that situation led to us boxing fans believing that Margarito may have been cheating his whole career. So when something like this occurs, we as boxing fans may or may not care simply because we want a fighter to lose or some of us care because we we don’t want another Resto Vs Collins situation that leads to a death. Numerous fighters have had brain damage and their speech slurs. After Julio Cesar Chavez Sr Vs Meldrick Taylor I, we seen Taylor who was a promising olympian career decline and his health too. That is just some history surrounding gloves and how brutal the sport is itself.

Now, unto tomorrows PPV Main Event and Co-Main Event which will feature Amir Khan Vs Luis Collazo. Just going to write my predictions.

Amir Khan Vs Luis Collazo.

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Anyone who has followed Amir Khan’s career has seen a promising, young, south asian, Pakistani, British silver medalist rise to the tops of the boxing charts. We have seen Amir dazzle us with his speed against lesser fighters, knocking them out, stopping them until he had decided to come over to the better market of fighters and was tested. The first time the North American fan base was introduced to Amir Khan was against Paulie “The Magic Man” Malingaggi who had fought tough champions such as Miguel Cotto and Ricky Hatton. Amir Khan with his blazing hand speed went on to stop Paulie and his career took off. We all thought we had something special or some may have thought until he ran into Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia’s left hook. Then after, he went onto to drop hall of fame trainer, Freddie Roach and decided to train with Virgil Hunter due to his success with Super Middle Weight, undefeated champion and gold medalist, Andre Ward. Since then, Amir has not looked stellar at all. The once 4-5 combination boxer did not look the same. Being hurt by light punching Carlos Molina, which he himself admitted to on HBO Boxing After Dark and then being wobbled all over the place by Julio Diaz, that looked as a life and death fight for Amir. Since changing trainers, Amir has become more of a calculated boxer who has slowed down a lot but it has taken him out of his element and put his speed aside, by once overwhelming fighters to now, boxing them and continuously getting hurt.

With a veteran like Luis Collazo who has been in tough fights through out his whole career, Amir cannot under estimate him, especially since moving up in weight. Collazo has given Ricky Hatton and Andre Berto possibly their toughest fights while they were undefeated. Being on the unlucky end of those decisions, which myself and many other boxing fans thought Collazo had won. Collazo comes from a tough fighting background and he knows, he has everything to gain after coming off a KO win against Victor Ortiz.

The way I see this fight going and due to Khan not fighting explosively as he used to, using his speed and Collazo’s vast experience, I see Collazo winning by KO. Amir can say he feels stronger at “1-4-7” and say, he has sparred punchers like Alfredo Angulo but it all changes in the ring when head gear is off. Ricky Hatton said in an interview that when he was at JRWW, he was able to push and shove guys around but when moving up in weight for the first time, it was the opposite and Collazo was doing that to him. Anyone can polish their boxing skills as Amir has said he has done during this lay off but you cannot polish your chin and that is possibly Amir Khan’s downfall in his boxing career. If Amir does not get off to a fast start and Collazo begins to land, which he will no doubt do, the Mayweather golden ticket falls apart and Collazo goes onto to bigger and better things, possibly even headlining a Main Event in his hometown of Brooklyn at the Barclays Center.

Collazo – KO

 

Finally, we have Mayweather Vs Madiana as the Main Event.

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Anyone who has followed Mayweather’s career can say whatever they like about him. “He is a cherry picker.” “He is a coward.” Whatever it may be but he has remained undefeated and still looks spectacular at the age of 37. while making younger, fresher fighters look subpar and average. So many want to see a blemish on his resume due to disliking an individuals personality outside the ring, as if, the persona outside of the ring is what we watch, when we actually don’t. We as boxing fans watch an individual for their craft and that is what I watch in a fighter and that is their craft. Then we have the likes of Bob Arum who has spewed hate towards a fighter who he has promoted and said “he is the greatest boxer I’ve ever seen.” Mayweather went onto becoming a the hottest PPV attraction, becoming his own “promotor” and also becoming the highest paid athlete in the world.

Marcos Maidana on the other hand has become a fan favourite after knocking out, flashy and Diet Mayweather, Adrien Broner. Maidana was first introduced on HBO Boxing After Dark against young, “Vicious” Victor Ortiz. Ortiz was touted as being the next golden ticket for Golden Boy Promotions until, fighting an unknown Argentinean, Marcos Maidana who had went onto to stop Ortiz in a back and forth, elevator like fight where both fighters traded knock downs. Ortiz’s career came to stand still after suffering a broken jaw against Josesisto Lopez, then suffering a KO in come back defeat against Luis Collazo, never looking the same. While Marcos Maidana went onto become the WBA Welterweight Champion defeating Adrien Broner and is now up against P4P number 1 boxer in the world, Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Marcos Maidana has only suffered one loss in his move to the Welterweight division and that was against Devon Alexander. Devon Alexander Vs Marcos Maidana was a one sided fight where Devon controlled every aspect of the fight. Clinching whenever Maidana got close to reset his offence and even knocking down Maidana to cruise a victory. Since then, we have seen Maidana go 4-0 against Jesus Soto Karass, Angel Martinez, Joesisto Lopez and Adrien Broner, which secured this PPV fight.

Mayweather is the best fighter in boxing today, hands down. Nobody has come close to beating Mayweather, okay, there has been and that was Jose Luis Castillo in their first fight and since, we have not seen Mayweather in any controversial decisions because the flaws in his games have not been exposed, that is if he has any. Maidana will probably give Mayweather his toughest fight to date, maybe but I see this fight going one way and one way only. That is Mayweather by victory. Either TKO or Unanimous Decision. If we go back to where Maidana has been hurt the most in fights, it is to the body. He has been extremely uncomfortable when his opponents go to the body. Jesus Soto Karass did it, Lopez did it and it is something Broner did not exploit but be sure that Floyd is going to exploit that in Maidana, especially with that jab to the body.

Madiana can come in brawling all he wants, throwing everything but the kitchen sink or even his tampered gloves at Floyd but Floyd is the best at taking away his opponents best weapon and making them fight at his pace. Mayweather will control the fight, fighting inside the pocket at times but ultimately winning this fight.

Mayweather Vs Maidana – Mayweather either by TKO or UD.

Hope you boxing fans enjoyed this piece. May do more in the future, insha’Allah (if Allah wills). Thanks for reading and cannot wait for this PPV card.

 

Can’t Wait For “The One!”

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You must’ve have thought reading the title, who is “The One?” Is he finally getting married? He finally found “The One?” Answer is… EHHHH! WRONG! No, I am not but I am definitely excited for this Saturday. I cannot wait! One of boxing greatest cards since, I can’t even remember is finally, almost here! September 14th, 2013, it’ll be one of the greatest PPV’s EVER! The main event will be Floyd Mayweather Jr Vs Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. No doubt, this a great fight. Canelo is a young fighter who has fought not many good fighters. Mostly fighters completely out of their prime like Kermit Cintron, Shane Mosley and Carlos Baldomir. He also fought Matthew Hatton for a vacant title which he currently holds. He also some how managed to escape all the mandatories he had to fight like Angulo, Kirkland, Lara and fought Joesito Lopez. I will give him credit for fighting Austin Trout. His head movement looked great, he looked a bit smooth but his stamina, conditioning is EL TERRIBLE! I don’t know how he thinks he will be able to beat Mayweather by fighting only a few seconds of each round. Don’t get me wrong, Canelo is a great combination puncher, he has fast hands but his feet aren’t quick enough to cut off the ring. He some how thinks, watching the Cotto fight will help him against Mayweather. If anyone had watched Mayweather spar Vs Omar Henry (R.I.P), Mayweather willingly backed himself against the ropes just to counter Henry with uppercuts. This game plan will not work for Alvarez. Mayweather will jab to the body and work Canelo’s body to take advantage of his horrible stamina/conditioning. Canelo needs to fight every minute of every round, just throwing punches and not being predictable. Mayweather is a chameleon who can easily adapt to the environment under any circumstance. I wouldn’t be surprised if Mayweather actually looks to pop shot Canelo from a distance and keep him away as far as possible.

Then you have Lucas Matthysse (I can finally spell his last night right!) Vs Danny Garcia. This fight should be a main event of its own but it is not and im GLAD! This fight can go either way. A lot of people are counting out Danny Garcia simply because of the reason they think Matthysse posses the power to knock him out. Danny Garcia has a great chin. He also posses KO power, is able to box and has good ring IQ. While Matthysse is no joke! Watching him beat people up hurts you. When he fought Ajose Olsegun, my body was hurting watching him take all those punches. I couldn’t believe Ajose was taking that much punishment. Whoever wins this fight will be the new king of the JRWW division and I wouldn’t be surprised if the winner goes on to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr on Cinco De Mayo next May. That is unless of course, Amir Khan beats Devon Alexander which I don’t see happening.

You also have Ishe Smith Vs Carlos Molina. Carlos Molina is by far one of the most boring fighters to have on tv. Not only on TV but on PPV! Dude is a snooze to watch. All he does his hug and hug and hug his opponents. I don’t know if he enjoys holding men or just enjoys hugging but man, it is terrible to watch! The last time I watched him was winning a boring decision over old, joe, Cory Spinks and before that was against James Kirkland. The amount of clinching Molina does just wants you to get up punch him in the balls, so at least something exciting happens. Smith is a good fighter. Can be exciting. Seen him become Las Vegas first boxing champion after taking the strap away from Cornelius “K9” Bundrage. It was an exciting fight. I was expecting K9 to win the fight but Ishe came to fight and took the title away in K9 hometown of Detroit. Finally, starting the card (in reverse eh?) I think you have Pablo Cesar Cano Vs Ashley Theophane. The last time I had seen Theophane was on ESPN FNF. He had fought Delvin Rodriguez and was getting his ass whipppppeed only to be given the decision. It a was robbery! Teddy Atlas like he always does, went ballistic over the judging. I wouldn’t be surprised one day if Teddy actually gets up and socks one of them. The last time I had seen Cano fight was against Erik Morales and his face was bloody! Morales whipped that boy into a different area code. Rearranged his DNA. He got a whipping that night. Then I had seen him fight Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi. That was a reallllly good fight. We all know Paulie can’t punch but he can box really well. Cano nearly knocked Paulie off his fight. Paulie had fought good punchers but never seen him get hit like he got hit against Cano.

So my predictions for “The One”

Mayweather Vs Alvarez – Mayweather UD. I just don’t see Alvarez winning with such limited experience. Just because he had beat Trout in a very close fight which could have gone either way, he wont win against a fighter like Mayweather who is probably 10xs better.

Garcia Vs Matthysse – I can’t choose. 50/50. Could go either way.

Smith Vs Molina – Molina by putting everyone to sleep in the crowd and filling out the score cards himself to give himself the victory.

Theophane Vs Cano – 50/50. This is supposed to be an easy win for Theophane but I see him in a tough fight against Cano.

As you’ve read, I am OFFICIALLY EXCITED! I CANNOT WAIT! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! A few more days and it’ll be here, then Tuesday GTA V!

OHHHH WEEEEEEE BABBYYYY!!!

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