It was a particular brand of
boxing excellence exhibited by Floyd Mayweather this past weekend at the MGM
Grand in Las Vegas, where a talented young fighter, Saul Alvarez was relegated
to being just like 44 opponents before him. “Canelo” tried his best and gave a
respectable effort but the reality is he was simply outclassed by a superlative
boxer who did whatever he wanted over 12 rounds. That said, there had been some
conjecture that “Money” might have slipped a bit after having some leather laid
on him by Miguel Cotto in May of last year.
Well, it turns out his
demise was greatly exaggerated. The way he boxed versus Alvarez, there seemingly
wasn't anybody he couldn't outpoint or defeat.
Except that is for one C.J. (which
apparently stands for “Can't Judge”) Ross, who inexplicably scored this fight a
draw at 114-114.
Eventually, Mayweather was
announced the winner but once again, Ross - one of the judges who had Tim
Bradley beating Manny Pacquiao in a very controversial decision in June of last
year (which, of course, killed boxing for the 50th time) - was the
author of another head-scratching scorecard. In fact, look at the her-story: http://boxrec.com/media/index.php/C.J._Ross
She has a precedent of being that judge who seems to stick out
like a sore thumb.
“I have no control of the
judges,” commented Mayweather in what was perhaps the biggest understatement of
Again, this is just me
playing Oliver Stone behind my keyboard but it looked like the powers-that-be
were out to get Mayweather and his “0” to boost the next pay-per-view titan-in-waiting.
Yeah, I said it. There was a lot of talk of the unusual movement in the betting
lines in Las Vegas on the draw coming into the fight and the reality is that
the scores of Dave Moretti (116-112) and Craig Metcalfe (117-111) are basically
camouflaged by the one turned in by Ross. If they were willing to give Alvarez
that much credit for what he actually accomplished on Saturday night, imagine
if he had actually won three or four rounds legitimately.
Mayweather, with his overall
mastery, simply wouldn't allow it to happen.
But yeah, it seemed like a
robbery was planned. And one as brazen as making a hit on the MGM Grand casino
pit without ski masks.
It has to be asked; given
how she was part of a very unpopular verdict last year in a high-profile event,
why was Ross assigned this fight by the Nevada State Athletic Commission? There
comes a point in time when those who continually enable the perpetrators are
the ones really to blame. As in the past, the usual suspects who arbitrate
fights in this jurisdiction are seemingly never held accountable for their
actions. Also, why didn't Golden Boy Promotions or Mayweather Promotions object
to the appointment of Ross - which is not only certainly their right but
perhaps also their obligation?
Fortunately, the rightful
winner, who, at age 36, looked as good as ever, had his hands raised in victory.
“I'm very, very happy with
my performance,” said Mayweather, who raised his mark to 45-0. “I think I
showed my skills tonight. I'm very happy with my performance.”
Our very own Gabe Montoya
was on to something last week when he penned this article on Mayweather-Alvarez
and why perhaps betting on the draw was the best bet:
I'll admit it; I never
really thought all that much of Danny “Swift” Garcia but I think he proved
myself (and many others) wrong by defeating Lucas Matthysse in the semi-main on
Saturday night. Not only did he withstand the heavy hands and the pressure of the
Argentine, he swelled up his right eye and floored Matthysse in the 11th round.
Yes, he was the monkey
wrench to the fabled “Machine.”
Now, it says here that this
puts Garcia in prime position to face Mayweather - who noted at the post-fight
presser that he will make his return to the ring next May. I'm told Garcia will
now move up to 147 pounds and will take at least one fight before getting in
there with Mayweather.
It was interesting to see
one Andre Ward on stage at the weigh-in extravaganza on Friday afternoon as the
only non-Golden Boy/Mayweather Promotions/Al Haymon fighter introduced to the
crowd of over 12,000. I'm sure that made the people at HBO and Goossen Tutor
Ward had a meet-and-greet on
Saturday afternoon in Las Vegas.
So yeah, while the supposed
face of HBO's boxing franchise was making a personal appearance at the Shoe
Palace (and this is no joke), in that very same city on the very same weekend,
Showtime was part of the biggest event in boxing this year.
It looks like Ward will make
his 2013 debut versus Edwin Rodriguez on November 16th.
SPORTS ON EARTH
So who does Mayweather face
next? Honestly, it could be slim-pickings moving forward (at least in terms of
having promotions hovering around two million pay-per-view buys). Here's my
latest contribution to SportsOnEarth.com:
The bout between Ishe Smith
and Carlos Molina might have been the worst title fight I saw all year. Molina
captured the IBF junior middleweight belt via split decision and he could be
line to face Alvarez in the latter’s return...Matt Swider-Man pointed out to me
that judge Moretti actually gave Miguel Cotto one round less than Alvarez for his efforts against Mayweather last year.
Just let that sink in...So did USC finally start throwing passes that were 10
yards beyond the line of scrimmage?...UCLA might be a year away from being
truly elite but they are very dangerous this season. Jim Mora has done a great
job with that program...Say what you will about Johnny Football; the guy is an
incredible college football player...The MGM Grand sure has changed since the
last time I was there. I saw a lot of new shops and upgrades this past
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