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Floyd Foils Robbery Attempt in Las Vegas

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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.
 
There was an audible groan and shrieking when ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr. announced to the sold-out crowd inside the Grand Garden Arena, “We have a majority decision.” Most ringside media gave Alvarez no more than a round or two and most observers had Mayweather the lopsided victor: http://www.boxingnewsonline.net/latest/feature/floyd-mayweather-scored-a-clear-winner-over-saul-alvarez-by-86-members-of-press
 
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 the night.
 
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.”
 
MONTOYA
 
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:
 
 
CROW
 
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.
 
SHOE PALACE
 
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 real happy.
 
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:
 
 
FINAL FLURRIES
 
 
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 weekend...I can be reached at k9kim@yahoo.com and I tweet at www.twitter.com/stevemaxboxing. We also have a Facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/MaxBoxing, where you can discuss our content with Maxboxing readers as well as chime in via our fully interactive article comments sections.


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