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I’m sure by now many viewers have witnessed the 24/7 episodes and all of the other pre-fight promotional shows leading up to this highly anticipated block buster match up.

Golden Boy Promotions, Victor Ortiz, Floyd Mayweather, and everyone involved from the respective camps are doing a great job so far in regards to hyping up this fight.

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As a result, there are many opinions on how the fight will turn out from media and fans alike.

But it seems the overall consensus from most boxing experts and members of the media is Mayweather is expected to win the fight, either by late round stoppage or unanimous decision.

There are many people who are rooting for the underdog Ortiz, but I highly doubt many believe he has a serious chance to actually win.

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But for those staking the claim Ortiz will emerge victorious have actually made compelling arguments.

Arguing his recent maturity, punching power, size, southpaw style, and youth will carry him to victory.

Which brings into mind a huge question that is the biggest x factor in this fight, and is something that will not be answered until we finally see these pugilistic warriors step inside the ring this Saturday.

Which Floyd Mayweather are we going to see?

Based on what we have witnessed from both fighters throughout their careers, we can estimate who has the edge in categories such as speed, power, durability, technique, ring generalship, etc.

And even the average boxing spectator would probably give Mayweather the edge in most of those categories. At least a prime Mayweather would probably have the edge.

But that’s the thing, we do not know what to expect, especially from a fighter coming off a 16 month lay off.

The self proclaimed main money maker in the sport, hasn’t done himself any favors with his inactivity in recent years.

This being his fourth fight in five years probably is not ideal for any elite boxer and he would have to admit that himself. I’m certain the sport of boxing would flourish even more with an active Floyd Mayweather as well.

An occasional break from such a demanding occupation is a good thing because any sport can be taxing on the body and mind. But historically, constant spans of inactivity does more harm than good for most boxers.

I do believe there has been a slight erosion of athleticism and reflexes in recent fights from Mayweather.

Although he doesn’t get hit a lot or accumulate a huge amount of damage in the ring, he does train incredibly hard so there is probably some wear and tear and as you get older your skills fade little by little.

At 34, Mayweather is no spring chicken.

But it happens with every fighter, every athlete period.

Marvin Hagler, Ray Leonard, Roy Jones, Julio Cesar Chavez, any and everybody slips up eventually because at the end of the day, father time is undefeated.

The question is when will it happen for Mayweather?

He had better hope it doesn’t happen in this fight, because if so he is going to be in for a world of pain.

Although he is not in his prime, I do not believe he is far removed from his prime. And aside from Bernard Hopkins he is probably the best ring tactician so he has that to fall back on but we really won’t know until we watch the fight on Saturday.

This is what makes this fight so interesting to watch.

Yes there is a lot of trash talk and Floyd is the self imposed “villain” so of course people want to watch him get pummeled to a pulp.

There is also a chance of witnessing greatness from one of the truly remarkable fighters of his generation, Floyd Mayweather, and the potential rise of an exciting star in the making Victor Ortiz.

There is a chance of fireworks taking place in the ring because Ortiz is a hungry fighter with something to prove. But with that said, Mayweather is hungry as well.

I’m certain the constant talk of Manny Pacquiao being heralded as his pound for pound superior is getting to him.

Although he may constantly talk about the importance of making money, deep down he has the heart and mind of a fighter and is a true competitor. Even his detractors can’t dispute that.

He wants to prove he’s the best of his era and an all time great. He’s arguably the best of his era and a hall of famer already, but we won’t know how truly great he is until it’s all said and done.

With that in mind, a fight with Manny Pacquiao or Sergio Martinez is inevitable. I think he has to fight one of the two, Pacquiao in particular, if he wants to receive the all time great recognition he desires.

But in order for either one of those match ups to re enter the conversation, Mayweather must get past Ortiz.

Will he be able to do so?


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By the time perennial pound-for-pound great Floyd Mayweather steps into the ring in mid-September, it will be approximately 17-months since he saw action.

Mayweather’s last fight took place in May, against then the top welterweight in the division, “Sugar” Shane Mosley.

Much has changed since his victory over the future hall of fame fighter in their anticipated block buster match.

Former welterweight contemporaries such as Antonio Margarito, Miguel Cotto and Mosley are no longer a factor in the division, and in the eyes of many, Manny Pacquiao has risen to the ranks of undisputed pound for pound king.

In Mayweather’s anticipated return, he is already accomplishing something Pacquiao has neglected to do for several years now.

And that is facing a young, talented fighter in their prime, like Victor Ortiz.

Ortiz recently stepped up to the welterweight class and already has established himself as one of the best in the division, by completely dominating the undefeated Haitian star Andre Berto.

Granted, Ortiz isn’t the clear cut best fighter in the division, and has flaws just as most fighters do.

But after a overcoming some mental issues inside the ring, Ortiz has bounced back from his unexpected loss from Marcos Maidana.

With a rejuvenated attitude, the Kansas born brawler looks to live up to the potential many critics saw in him when he was coming up as a prospect.

Sometimes referred to as the new “Golden Boy,” Ortiz looks to make well on that name and what better way than facing one of the truly great pugilists of this era in Mayweather.

Some people see this as an easy fight for Mayweather, but that may not be the case in this match up.

Ortiz is a strong fighter, with a swarming style, and he tries to overwhelm his opponents with his aggression and power. Ortiz also has good speed, and as a southpaw, will undoubtedly put up the best effort he can.

As mentioned earlier for Mayweather, he is facing a prime, upper tier fighter, who is entering the with a ton of momentum. Ortiz just ended a fighter’s undefeated streak, and he looks to end another.

Pacquiao as great as he is, has faced questionable opposition in recent years.

After finally getting around to facing Marquez for a third time, it seems at least most fans will be getting what they wished for.

I wish this third fight would of happened a few years sooner.

The match up looks great on paper but more than likely it will not live up to expectations.

Marquez is one of the all- time great fighters in his era, but he will be 38 when he steps in the ring with Pacquiao, and in recent fights he has shown the effects of his age.

Pacquiao faced Mosley who was 39 years old, and coming off two terrible performances. Mosley was completely dominated by Mayweather in May of last year, and “Contender” star Sergio Mora fought Mosley to a lack luster draw.

When Pacquiao faced Antonio Margarito, he was coming off a tune up with a tomato can. And before that tune up against the mediocre Roberto Garcia, Margarito was suspended for a year.

Before Margarito’s suspension, he was outclassed and knocked out by Mosley. It’s bad enough Margarito had to cut an extra four pounds to make the catch weight he and Pacquiao fought at.

Miguel Cotto as well entered in fight against Pacquiao looking not too good in his recent fights. Cotto also had to meet Pacquiao at a catch weight losing and extra two pounds, which I am sure didn’t do him any favors.

Leading up to their fight, Cotto looked bad in his controversial victory over Joshua Clottey, and many argue Cotto hasn’t looked the same since he was beaten to a pulp by Margarito in their fight that took place in 2008.

Ricky Hatton was on the downslide as well. The addition of Floyd Mayweather Sr. in his corner was a miscalculated error, and the best of Hatton was taken out of him when he was knocked out by Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Just look at Hatton’s come back fight against Juan Lazcano. Hatton was rocked a few times late in the fight, and had the benefit of a hometown referee who used questionable tactics to intervene because Hatton was on the verge of being knocked out.

Oscar De La Hoya was obviously a done deal before he even stepped in the ring against Pacquiao. Pacquiao’s head trainer Freddie Roach knew this, that’s why they took the fight.

De La Hoya was entered this fight meeting at a catch weight in the welterweight division, a division he hasn’t stepped foot for seven years.

The “Golden Boy” was also coming off a loss against Mayweather, and a tough fight against Steve Forbes, and it was obvious De La Hoya wasn’t the great fighter he used to be.

Now it’s easy to find faults in Pacquiao’s recent opposition.

But the same can be said for a lot of fighters. No one has a perfect resume, and even if the guys he faced may have been coming in at a disadvantage, they still signed up and took the fight. If they lost the fight or took a brutalizing beating, that’s on them.

But I wanted to recognize and highlight what Mayweather is doing with his comeback fight.

No Ortiz isn’t the best fighter in the world. But he is a promising fighter on the upside that can be a threat to any fighter out there.

That’s all we should ask of our champions. Take a challenge, and fight some good opposition. Hopefully this fight against is the first step, assuming Mayweather wins, to going against Pacquiao in one of the biggest fights in boxing history.

For now we shall have to wait and see.

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Mike Tyson with a potential blueprint to beat Floyd Mayweather?

floyd663By Kirk Jackson: Recently, Hall of Fame boxer Mike Tyson was interviewed by The Wall Street Journal and gave his opinion on the huge fight taking place May 2nd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

On the set of ESPN’s “First Take” journalists Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless offer their insight on Tyson’s remarks in regards to the upcoming fight between Floyd Mayweather 47-0 (26 KO’s) and Manny Pacquiao 57-5-2 (38 KO’s).

More importantly with what Tyson said, he indicated this will be Mayweather’s toughest fight to date and there is a great possibility of Mayweather getting busted up and losing. Tyson offered great perspective on what Pacquiao should do to secure a victory May 2nd.

“You need to put constant pressure on Floyd, be in front of him all the time by moving side to side and punching from angles,” said Tyson.

“Manny is going to feint Floyd out of position a lot and make him throw more punches than he is used to and that will open Floyd up. He [Mayweather] has never been tested, whatever happens in the fight, I think he’s going to get hit and hurt more than he has ever before; we’re going to see how tough he is.”

Many things to take away from this Mike Tyson quote.

Although this is not a full comprehensive game plan, this is a good foundation on how to attack Mayweather and Pacquiao has the athletic gifts to certainly pull off this game plan. Pacquiao has a herky-jerky style and could very well feint Mayweather out of position, where he can capitalize because of his great foot and hand speed. This is one of the advantages and tactics Pacquiao utilizes over most opponents.

A danger exists, if the fighter kennedy execute this style of fighting efficiently. Moving side to side, while dodging attacks can be physically and mentally taxing, especially if the fighter [Pacquiao] is missing punches are occasionally eating counter punches for his troubles.

The thing is, aside from what Tyson mentioned as keys for success against Mayweather, in order to have just a modicum of success against Mayweather, it can be argued the opponent must possess a solid jab, ala Miguel Cotto, Marcos Maidana, Oscar De La Hoya, Jose Luis Castillo (first fight).

A trait all the fighters mentioned have in common with (De La Hoya) being the exception, is they’re really good pressure / inside fighters. Another thing is all of those fighters mentioned are naturally bigger / stronger than Mayweather.

Pacquiao is the smallest opponent Mayweather has faced since Juan Manuel Marquez back in 2009, the size advantage for Pacquiao will not be there. Pacquiao is not a pressure fighter by nature and rarely fights on the inside, he is more a mid-range fighter.

He uses his speech to advantage, move in and attacks, dashes back or to the side, usually towards his right, away from danger. With all the Pacquiao has in his arsenal, the jab is not necessarily one of his best punches.

Tyson and others are mistakenly labeling Pacquiao as an all out pressure fighter, when that’s not really his game. Tyson maybe implying that he has to fight ferociously like he did in his prime, but in reality, they’re two different styles of fighter.

Many claim Pacquiao lost his “Killer Instinct” over the last couple of years, I think he just he evolved and maximized his strengths as a fighter.

As Chris Algieri 20-1 (8 KO’s) post fight after his defeat against Pacquiao this past November was quoted as saying, “Manny is great at being Manny.”

Fighting Marquez four times probably provided Pacquiao with the realization that he can’t rush in giving caution to the wind against certain fighters, which contributes to Manny’s evolution as a fighter.

Pacquiao may have to continue with the next phase of evolution and change his temperament, in order to apply the Tyson game plan and a defeat Mayweather. He is going to have to learn to cut off the ring, he will have to suddenly develop or at least be effective in using the jab as well.

Maybe Tyson is alluding to the strategy Pacquiao and trainer Freddie Roach plan to implore May 2nd.

The last and take away from Mike Tyson’s analysis of the fight is the question of Mayweather’s toughness or lack thereof.

It seems as though Mike Tyson doesn’t care for the Mayweather, at least not in this fight. Freddie Roach trained Tyson toward the end of his career and Roach is the current trainer of Pacquiao. Tyson on a number of occasions expressed his displeasure of Mayweather and said he would have liked to have fought Mayweather and expressed pleasure and beating him up.

That’s fine and all, I would expect for him to remain loyal to his former trainer and gravitate towards Pacquiao because he is a fellow action fighter.

For him to question the toughness of a guy who has been a champion for over 17 years, defeated 22 former or current world champions, fought in 24 championship fights across five weight classes says a lot. Mayweather was visibly stunned against DeMarcus Corley, Shane Mosley, Zab Judah, bounced back and dominated all of them.

Seems like a ridiculous statement and adds to the notion of people will not be satisfied until they see Floyd Mayweather lose. Loyalty the side, guess we’ll see what happens May 2nd.

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Time to give Floyd Mayweather his due

By Kirk Jackson: He’s too old. He’s too small. He’s too slow. He didn’t knock him out. The fight was boring. These are common excuses and complaints, echoed from some of the Floyd Mayweather detractors while watching his fights. It seems as though every time Floyd does something in the ring, every time he defeats his opponent, there is always an excuse, and critics line up to discredit Mayweather in any way.

Whether it’s against recent opponent Shane Mosley, Oscar De La Hoya, Zab Judah, or whoever the fighter may be, full credit is never given to Mayweather.

There always appears to be a loop hole or excuse, and if that’s the case, you can nit pick any fighter’s resume if you really think about it.

We can take a look at his current pound-for-pound counterpart Manny Pacquiao. Even with their three common opponents.

In 2007 Mayweather moves up in weight to 154 lbs., fights De La Hoya conceding to every request made by the Golden Boy and Mayweather still wins decisively.

Yet at the end of the day, perhaps because the fight was not as exciting as most had anticipated, Mayweather does not receive credit for his victory over the larger and still game De La Hoya.

Almost two years later, Pacquiao moves up in weight to fight De La Hoya at a catch-weight at the welterweight limit of 147 lbs.; a division De La Hoya hasn’t fought at in over seven years.

De La Hoya looked drained at the weight and Pacquiao pulled off one of his most memorable performances, pummeling his opponent over eight brutal rounds.

Pacquiao shouldn’t be blamed or faulted for his opponent’s shortcomings; holding leverage, The Golden Boy wasn’t forced to take this fight and should of opted to fight at his natural weight class.

Pacquiao just beat who was put in front of him. As does Mayweather. Unlike Mayweather however, Pacquiao received much praise for his victory.

Also in 2007, Mayweather faced the undefeated two-division champion Ricky Hatton, in a mega-fight at the welterweight division.

While Hatton put up a valiant effort against the pound-for-pound king, Mayweather dominated the fight with precise punching and matched Hatton’s toughness with his own brand of inside-fighting as well.

Mayweather also closed the show – knocking Hatton is spectacular fashion in the 10th round.

After emerging from the fight victorious, instead of being welcomed with congratulations and unquestioned acceptance as one of the sport’s all-time great fighters, Mayweather yet again is met with criticism by many of his skeptics.

“He’s [Hatton] too small,” and “He wasn’t that good anyways,” is once again echoed by the critics.

In 2009, a few years removed from his defeat against Mayweather, Hatton challenges Pacquiao in his attempt  at redemption and to stake claim as pound for pound king of the sport.

It’s a fair assessment to argue Hatton may have been worn down from recent wars in the ring, and ballooning up and down in weight between fights.

Nonetheless, Pacquiao produced one of the most sensational knock outs over Hatton we have seen in recent memory.

After his victory, Pacquiao was met with much praise and high acclaim for his efforts against Hatton.

Against Mexican star Juan Manuel Marquez, Pacquiao had two epic fights in which ended with controversial results.

The first bout taking place in 2004, ended in as a draw, while the second bout which took place in 2008, ended with a split decision win for Pacquiao.

These fights took place in Marquez’s more natural weight classes 126 lbs. and 130 lbs. respectively.

Many argue Pacquiao may have lost either or both fights because the fights were that close. Some observers argue in Pacquiao’s favor because he was able to score knock downs in each fight.

After becoming the lineal lightweight champion with his short stint at the division, Marquez jumped up another weight class to meet Mayweather at a welterweight catch-weight in the welterweight division.

This was also the comeback fight out of retirement for Mayweather in 2009. The nearly two year absence appeared to have no effect as Mayweather dominated Marquez to earn a 12 round unanimous decision.

Despite his marvelous performance, Mayweather was met with more negative criticism. Detractors argued Marquez was the smaller man or that he was too slow. There can be a valid argument made because it was Marquez’s first fight above 135 lbs.

But even with all of that, Mayweather seems to have an unrivaled skill set and ring intelligence that sets him apart from every other fighter.

Even with victories over the same opponents, Pacquiao is hailed by most media and many fans as a hero and legend, while Mayweather is hailed as an overrated fighter.

Mayweather beat better versions of De La Hoya and Hatton and dominated a fighter who gave Pacquiao problems [Juan Manuel Marquez], yet he does not receive the same warm praises as Pacquiao does for beating the same opponents.

The double standards are not fair and neither fighter should be held to them.

Mayweather comes off as an arrogant individual and may turn some people off. I can understand some people not willing to embrace the cocky persona.

But it’s not like he’s the first person to ever talk trash. The most well renown trash talker of all time is the self proclaimed “Greatest of All Time” Muhammad Ali.

Like Ali, and other polarizing figures, Mayweather provides entertainment. So much in fact he is a household name.

Perhaps playing the role of villain or heel, Mayweather is the spark igniting many emotions and luring people in. He is a draw that catches the eye of many, even the not so casual fight fans. And for that, boxing fans should be thankful.

This isn’t even about whether you personally like Mayweather or not. It seems like he doesn’t get respect as a fighter.

Even if you dislike the guy for his personality, you can at least appreciate him for his skills. In the ring he seems to be playing high speed chess while everyone else is playing checkers.

It’s unfair to criticize a fighter because of his style; he shouldn’t have to sacrifice his style to please someone else.

This is the sweet science after all isn’t it? The name of the game is to hit and not get hit, and he has mastered that. Mayweather is a maestro with the boxing ring as his canvas. He trains hard, he is truly dedicated to the sport, just watch him fight he can flat out box. You can see him thinking in the ring, calculating every step as he is a true boxing savant.

To those who claim he is a boring non-action fighter, Mayweather produced exciting action fights as well.

His fights against Arturo Gatti, DeMarcus Corley, Jesus Chavez, Genaro Hernandez, Emanuel Augustus, Angel Manfredy, etc. exhibited plenty of action.

Floyd Mayweather is undefeated, has won championships across 5 different weight classes, and has faced over 15 current or former world champions.

He has already proved his worth as being head shoulders above the rest and being the best fighter of his era.

It’s time to start talking about Floyd Mayweather in regards to the all-time greats of the sport. It’s time to place him with the likes of Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Robinson , Henry Armstrong, Tommy Hearns, Julio Cesar Chavez, guys of that stature.

Perhaps at the end of the day Mayweather could care less what many seem to believe. Even if you hate him, you still pay to see him. Whether it’s to win or lose you still pay.

For everyone believing Mayweather’s opponents are too old, too small, too slow, or the opponent is past his prime, maybe the critics should come to terms with the fact that maybe Floyd Mayweather is too GOOD.