This was a reasonably good, but not great fight. As a fan of Oscar De La Hoya, I wanted him to win, as a true lover of boxing I have to admit he did not. It’s not that he did not try, he did, especially when he chose to use his jab., but it takes two to tango, and Floyd Mayweather was content to play it safe and never really attempted to make a statement in this fight, as he promised he would.
To his credit Oscar did the best he could, it just was not enough, maybe a few years ago it might have been another story, but on this night as the fight wore on it became painfully obvious to me that Oscar was aging. He made the fight much closer than most believed he would, and like most fighters in a reasonably close fight, he felt he won. He did not. He wasn’t griping he was just answering the questions. He was gracious in defeat, just as he was when he was the winner.
Which brings me to my main point. Oscar has been a class act and credit to the sport of Boxing. It will be a while before we see his like again and from my perspective, it is the end of an era. He has contributed greatly to the sport and is a sure fire bet for the Hall of Fame when his time comes. Personally I would like to see him retire and concentrate full time as a promoter. There was a hint of a rematch last night. I hope it doesn’t happen. It would probably make tons of money, but I would prefer Oscar preserve his legacy. He fought with pride last night and did his best to turn it into a real fight. He can walk away now with his head held high and I hope he does. If he does fight again watch him and enjoy the fight because it will be some time before someone that special comes along again.
As for Mayweather, the champ still remains a chump in my eyes. He is the type of fighter I detest the most. He is a arrogant thug and all the championship belts in the world will not give this guy class.
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