For The Money Mayweather
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By: Tony Gaglione
“I’m older and wiser,” Mayweather said. “I don’t need to put myself in any rough predicaments anymore. I’ve done all that. I don’t have to come out and tell you guys how fast my hands are or how good my jab is. I just have to go out there and do it. There are still tough competitors still in the sport, I want to compete with the top competition.” This is a statement that gets under my skin, in no way shape or form am I doubting the world class skills of Floyd Mayweather, but I do wish he would showcase those skills against another world class opponent in this day and age. Floyd Mayweather has fought some of the greatest fighters in several different weight classes in the history of boxing. Floyd’s undefeated record includes victories over Arturo Gatti, Zab Judah, Oscar De La Hoya, and one of the greatest super featherweight fights of all time, the late Diego Corrales, a Las Vegas native.
Floyd’s resume obviously shows he is an established fighter, however since 2007, Floyd has stacked the cash by fighting for big paydays against past their prime, or less established fighters, all the while ducking a so called ‘’super fight’’ with Manny Pacquiao. 2007 started with a convincing knockout victory against past his prime fighter Ricky Hatton. 2009 Floyd fought a fighter in Juan Manuel Marquez who was beaten by Pacquiao twice before, Floyd won by unanimous decision. 2010 Floyd fought Shane Mosley after Shane had reached the not so ripe boxing age of 38 and past his prime. 2011 ‘’money’’ fought a less established fighter in Victor Ortiz and won by knockout in what in my opinion was a cheap shot. I was at the fight at the MGM Grand against Victor Ortiz and semi close to hall of famer Mike Tyson, after the knockout Tyson threw his hands up in the air in what looked to me like disgust. Former announcer of HBO boxing Larry Merchant also insinuated it was a cheap shot and said “I wish I was 50 years younger and I would kick your ass.” Floyd’s 43rd and 44th wins came against past his prime Miguel Cotto, and Robert Guerrero. Cotto was already beaten by Pacquiao and Guerrero has most definitely not proven he can match up at all with his biggest win coming against Andre Berto.
There are many opponents that would match up against Floyd Mayweather today, however Floyd Mayweather is the one and only person who decides who Floyd Mayweather fights. Manny Pacquiao would be the obvious, but young up and comers like Canelo Alvarez, Devon Alexander or Timothy Bradley Jr have proved they can match up. Fighters in boxing don’t get remembered for fighting the fights they want to fight for cash payouts, they get remembered for beating the best. A little note from me to any boxing champ, fight the next best boxer in line, not the fighter you choose, to be the best, you have to beat the best. Fans of boxing don’t pay $69.99 for a pay per view fight or $1,000 for a live ticket to see someone embarrass the opponent, that’s a waste of hard earned money, fans of boxing pay to see the best fighters in the world fight the best fighters in the world.
Tony Gaglione, born September 26th 1985, raised on the south side of Chicago. I got into sports at a very early age with playing little league baseball and the spirit of competition grew into all sports. I became an avid fan of all sports and played baseball through high school and Amateur Independent leagues. After relocating to Las Vegas I quickly became hooked on the Rebels, Wranglers, and 51’s. I host an internet sports talk radio show called Smacktalk with my co-host and friend Shawn Adams And one day hope to work for ESPN as a columnist, analyst, or radio show host.
Tony can be contacted directly at email@example.com