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Were you not Entertained?

(Photo © Esther Lin / SHOWTIME)
(Photo © Esther Lin / SHOWTIME)

By: Allan Scotto


And so, the fight everyone wanted to see is in the books.

 

This past Saturday, May 2nd, 2015, is a date that many people will remember for a very long time.

 

It was the day that the hyped up, “fight of the century” took place!

 

Well, it certainly wasn’t that, but it was a must see sporting event.

 

Fight night parties were held worldwide and if you were fortunate enough to get in the arena, it was the place to be seen. It’s been a long time since “A” list celebrities came out in the droves they did for this fight.

 

They came to see the chosen one dethrone the cocky king. But, when push came to shove, Manny Pacquiao was just another, in a long line of dragon slayers, that was to come forward and have his hand raised in victory. And, like 47 others, he failed.


For some, it has almost become an obsession to wait and pray for the man to come and beat Floyd Mayweather.

 

Diego Corrales was supposed to do it. Didn’t happen by a long shot.

 

And if not Jose Luis Castillo, Arturo Gatti and Zab Judah, who all failed, then surely the Golden Boy, Oscar De La Hoya would be the one to save the day for all the Floyd haters!

 

Nope.

 

Well then, bring on the slugger, Ricky Hatton. There would be no way that Mayweather could withstand the onslaught of a Ricky Hatton. Seems nobody told Mayweather, who proceeded to knock out Hatton in the tenth round.

 

Juan Manuel Marquez tried and so did Shane Mosley. Not today sir.

 

Next to step up, for the Super World super welterweight title, was a true gunslinger, Miguel Cotto.

 

Surely Cotto would be the one. Heavy hands and an ability to dish out, as well as take intense punishment, Cotto would definitely get to Mayweather in the later rounds.

 

Yeah, well not so much as the judge’s scores of 118-110 and 117-111 twice, indicate. Although to be fair, Cotto mounted a valiant effort.

 

Hmmm, now what?

 

How about Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. He can do it! He was the one that Mayweather would have absolutely no chance against. The “experts” expounded how Alvarez was just too strong for the fleet footed Mayweather. Alvarez would cut the ring off after walking right through Mayweather’s punches and systematically break him down.

 

Didn’t happen, in fact Mayweather made Alvarez look completely baffled.

 

Next up, Marcos Rene Maidana. And even though Maidana lost, he seemed to be getting to Mayweather when he had him against the ropes and a rematch was announced almost immediately.

 

In that rematch, which took place on September 13th, 2015 at the MGM Grand in Los Vegas, Mayweather did not allow Maidana to pin him on the ropes again. He sailed to an easy victory over Maidana and the scramble was on for the next opponent to try and beat the mighty Floyd.

 

But, to everyone’s surprise, rumor turned to speculation and then speculation turned to fact. After five years, Mayweather and Pacquiao agreed to terms and the super fight was made.

 

And, this past Saturday, the latest in a long line of people destined to beat Mayweather bit the dust.

 

As is the case with most of Floyd’s fights, the ending is shrouded in controversy. Floyd ran too much, Floyd didn’t engage, Manny hurt his shoulder, etc. etc., ad nauseam.

 

The truth of the matter is; as it has been so many times before, Floyd gave Manny a lesson in the fine art of the Sweet Science, which is, hit and don’t get hit.

 

Mayweather shut down Pacquiao every step of the way. And even during the rare times that Pacquiao was able to pin Mayweather against the ropes or in the corner, Floyd simply spun out, mostly to his left. Pac Man could have easily stopped Floyd’s retreat by simply pivoting his right leg to block Floyd’s way and then fire his straight left hand, but he never did. It’s surprising that Freddie Roach didn’t see it and instruct his fighter to do just that.

 

The truth is that Mayweather boxed Pacquiao’s socks off.

 

And before you start sending me hate e-mails telling me that I am biased in Floyd’s favor, bear in mind that Floyd himself would probably tell you that you’d be hard pressed to find a columnist that has been more critical of him then I have.

 

But, facts are facts.

 

According to Compubox figures, Floyd threw 435 punches to Manny’s 429. Out of those punches, Floyd landed 148 to Pacquiao’s 81.

 

Floyd also threw 267 jabs, landing 67 of them while Manny landed 18 of the 193 that he threw.

 

In power punches, Floyd threw 168 and 81 of them found their mark. Manny threw 236, landing 63.

 

On average, Mayweather threw 36 punches per round and landed 12, while Pacquiao threw 35 punches, landing 6.

 

Speculation and debate are wonderful things, but numbers don’t lie and the numbers clearly show why Mayweather was awarded the much deserved decision.

 

But the one question that remains unanswered in my mind is; why was the Burger King guy there?

 

 

 

Allan Scotto can be reached at: boxingriter@aol.com

 



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