Doug Fischer

Dougie’s Monday Mayweather mailbag

 

EASY WORK

Doug,

Before I get to the “easy work” that Floyd had Saturday, I must speak to the flyness these boys be exhibiting when they come in the ring. I have been seeing it for some time, and some walks are more outlandish than others, but Money’s took the cake for me. What is the deal with him coming in with full snake skin regalia? Obviously one of his lackeys skinned several, and added some lime coloring, to make his outward display even more over the top. And what about Weezzy? He looked like he was ready to have another seizure walking in with him. Too much, and Floyd is my man 100K.

Now, that was easy work. Floyd looked a little like Lil Floyd from his 130 pounds days, dancing and moving and sitting down on his punches. It even caused him to possibly break his right hand. No doubt from those straight rights, over the top and around the guard rights, and the lead right, which is the most disrespectful punch in boxing. Ghost may have “earned” his shot with Money, but he had no business in that ring. That guy is a six time champion in four weight classes?? Is Floyd that much better than his contemporaries, or are they that bad?

I think the answer is somewhere in the middle, but it is time for the Haters to give him his due and stop having revisionist history when it comes to him. Mosley just smashed Margachito before facing Money, now history tells us he was washed up. Floyd was Sugars next fight. Cotto was fully recovered from the Manny KO and coming off a huge and emotional revenge win against Chito, now history tells us he wasn’t dangerous and was shopworn. Hatton was undefeated and avoided at the time, with real KO power and the potential ability to frustrate Floyd, now history tells us he was too small and hadn’t really fought anyone. De La Hoya was the STAR of the era, someone who Floyd called out for years, now history tells us Floyd waited to call him out until he was past his prime. I’m not saying that he isn’t without flaws. I wish that he would have fought Pacman a few years ago (I still think the fight will happen). I also wanted a Paul Williams fight when he was one of the most avoided fighters. I would have loved to see how he would have diffused a volume puncher and made him put his hands in his pocket as he did with Guerrero and so many other fighters.

He says that he has five more fights before he hangs it up. I think that he will fulfill that contractual obligation, if not only for that Quarter B. He needs to stay at 147 in my opinion, because 154 might be too heavy. He had some trouble with DLH, and got touched more often then he should have V Cotto.

This wasn’t any more than a glorified sparring session. For all of their bluster (the Guerreros), they obviously didn’t train for this version of Floyd (and it wouldn’t have mattered if they did), and he had no answer or adjustments. I’m not sure anyone does. – Wiley

I don’t think anyone fighting at 140 or 147 pounds does. I think junior middleweights are a different story.

And I hope Mayweather ventures back to the 154-pound division at least once in his next five bouts because I can’t get too excited about 147-pound “showdowns” vs. Amir Khan, the Malignaggi-Broner winner, or Devon Alexander (which could very well turn out to be the most boring “mega-fight” ever). Mayweather-Broner would feature the greatest battle of the “fly” (been a while since I’ve read or heard that adjective) ring walk-ins in boxing history, but once the actual fight starts I think Mayweather would give his little brother an uneventful spanking.

Regarding the “Haters” (with a capital ‘H’) and their revisionist history, I think that’s a two-way street that is shared by Mayweather enthusiasts. I get a lot of emails from Mayweather fans (I wonder why?) and I can tell you that most of them dismissed Cotto as faded or shopworn going into last May’s fight. Most of them, and a good portion of the boxing media, predicted that Cotto was getting KTFO. When it didn’t happen and Mr. Untouchable got touched, they changed their tune, and suddenly Cotto (who many had previously written off as a Top Rank creation) was a first-ballot hall of famer.

But I agree there are plenty of times when Mayweather’s opponents are ripped after he schools them. I don’t think it’s fair to call Mosley shot or faded before or after the Mayweather fight. Mosley wasn’t in his prime, but he was in everyone’s all-important pound-for-pound lists at the time of their fight, and a few Know-It-Alls (Yours Truly included) thought Sugar Shane would win that fight. That fight proved to me that Mayweather was a real welterweight.

However, don’t make too much of De La Hoya or Hatton prior to their fights with Mayweather. They were quality wins (both of which made Floyd the Fighter of the Year in 2007, and earned him the top spot on my personal P4P list at the time), but they were not agaisnt world-beaters. Yes, Oscar was THE star of boxing, but he was an inactive one, and was a mid-top 10 rated 154 pounder at the time. He wasn’t at the top of any division. Hatton was the 140-pound champ and he had a glossy record but, come on man, don’t tell me had “real KO power” or the potential to frustrate Mayweather when he was clearly exposed by Luis Collazo and looked like dog doo doo against Juan Urango prior to fighting Money in late 2007. See, you’ve got some revisionist history yourself with your description of the popular Brit. Describing Guerrero as a “six-time champion in four weight classes” is also revisionist history. I think you follow this sport close enough to know that The Ghost has won major titles at featherweight (twice) and junior lightweight. Period. Any other belts he’s collected were of the interim variety.

But it’s OK. Revisionist history is just part of sports. The past doesn’t matter. What matters is how Mayweather looked on Saturday and he looked superb, completely on top of his game against a quality opponent.

I was wrong about the fight. Not about the outcome (I figured Mayweather would win by the unanimous scores he received) but how the fight progressed. I thought Guerrero could and would make it a physical fight but Mayweather would not allow him to do so. That’s pretty much the story of the fight in nutshell.

I agree that Mayweather’s footwork and lead right hands were reminiscent of his 130-pound form (and I thought Floyd was at his best at junior lightweight). In fact, the Guerrero fight reminded me of his WBC 130-pound title defense against former featherweight beltholder Goyo Vargas, which was also held at the MGM Grand in 2000. The Grand Garden Arena was almost empty that night (I was there and I s__t you not, there may have been more folks along press row than there were in the seats).

Fast forward 13 years and that same arena was almost sold out for Mayweather, the biggest pay-per-view attraction in the sport who was guaranteed $32 million for his “easy work.” No need for revisionist history, Floyd Mayweather has come a long way.

MAY DAY BEATDOWN

Hey Dougie,

Regarding May Day: Let’s just say that Robert Guerrero should have brought his unloaded gun into the ring and clobbered Floyd Mayweather with it! Nothing else was working.

So what next for Mayweather? Not many appealing options left out there at welterweight for the moment. Canelo-Mayweather anyone? Sure, there are those Faceboobs who will unload a truck full of s__t on this fight as well, but Maggie May here isn’t as dominant at junior middle as most of us clearly noticed.

For those of you who want see May get his ass finally kicked, Canelo might be the best available option. Hey, Miguel Cotto almost did it so don’t dismiss Canelo’s chances anyone!

Moving onto Abner Mares-Daniel Ponce de Leon. Once again Mares proves that he’s one of the baddest mother___ers in the game! On top of pounding a guy’s piss-sack like no other, he’s really building up some more dimensions to his game. Not to mention power. Ponce de Leon sure found that out, didn’t he?

Know what? I’ll pick Mr. Mares over almost any other 122 or 126 pounder out there. Guillermo Rigondeaux just doesn’t punch hard or often enough to protect his balls or the rest of his anatomy. And if Nonito Donaire “fights” like the dumber-than-a-stump clueless wonder he was against Rigo, Mares will f___in’ bury him!

Seriously, Donaire made Andre Berto look like a ring-genius in comparison during his last outing!

Personally, I think that Mares most challenging fights would be against fellow Latino hardass Orlando Salido or World Champion Mikey Garcia. Now Mares against those guys would be what you would call FIGHTS! Your input? – TripleT

I’d buy tickets to Mares-Salido and Garcia-Mares, and I’d favor the young man from Guadalajara to find a way beat his naturally bigger foes.

I agree the plodding version of Donaire that fought Rigo would be defeated by Mares (especially the version we saw on Saturday). Mares-Rigo is a toss-up fight, IMO. I think Rigo hits a lot harder than you think. However, if Mares’ whiskers prove to be as reliable as Nonito’s were, I think the newly crowned WBC featherweight titleholder could outwork the Cuban master. (There’s also the X-factor of how sharp Rigo would be at 126 pounds.)

I was impressed by the manner in which Mares defeated Ponce de Leon. I favored him to win the fight but I thought he would have more trouble with Ponce de Leon’s underrated jab and I thought the veteran southpaw would wobble him at least once during the fight. However, despite his aggression, Mares was not an easy target, and his speed and power were better at 126 pounds than at 118 or 122.

He definitely stole the show, IMO.

Of Mayweather’s available opponents, I think Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is the biggest threat. I might be in the minority with this opinion, but I think the longer Mayweather waits to fight Canelo, the less of a chance he’ll have of beating the rapidly developing red head.

Guerrero would have wound up with that unloaded gun up his ass given the form and game plan Mayweather exhibited on Saturday.

MAYWEATHER VS. HOPKINS

Dougie Dogg,
After watching your wrap up video, it seemed to me that you were disappointed by the main event. I found myself feeling the same way. As a matter of fact, I found myself feeling that way half way through the fight. And I began to question why I continue to buy his fights… He is, more or less, a great defensive fighter who picks apart his opponents with a few exceptions to this rule (i.e. the Diego Corrales and Arturo Gatti fights). I almost always seem to be kind of bored watching his fights. He’s fast, he’s accurate, he controls the pace, and he’s knocked some good fighters out. These are all great qualities. But his fights still, almost always, seem a bit anticlimactic.

Then I got to thinking about how much I love watching Bernard Hopkins’ fights. He is another guy who is accurate, controls the pace of the fight and is not necessarily an all-out offensive type of guy. So why is it that Hopkins’ fights always have me pumped up while Floyd’s fights feel sort of lackluster to me? Is it the opposition? Is it that Bernard is the ageless wonder? What gives?

Also, do you think Canelo has a chance against Floyd? I liked his recent performance, but I did notice that he fought in spurts. I think if he continues that way Floyd will pick him apart too. I know everybody says you’ve got to keep pressure on Floyd, and I know that it hasn’t really worked out for anyone just yet. But, it still seems to me that if one was to take a different approach and try to box with Floyd they would lose that battle too. I think whoever is next up must keep the pressure on, cut the damn ring off, and throw a massive volume of punches (even if it means taking a few) in order to win. What would your strategy be?

Love reading the mailbag! Keep up the good work! – Jimbo

Thanks Jimbo.

The strategy to apply against Mayweather depends on the fighter. You can’t devise a pressure-fighting strategy if that isn’t the fighter’s style, and you can’t apply a boxing game plan if the fighter isn’t a top-notch boxer. Canelo is a still-developing boxer who has underrated ring smarts along with obvious physical strength and above-average speed and punching power. I think the way he boxed Austin Trout would give Mayweather some problems (in part due to his greater size – when he lands, Floyd will feel it), but he would need to be more aggressive and add pressure in spots.

Can Canelo beat Mayweather? Yes, I think so, but I wouldn’t pick the 22-year-old champ to do it this year. I think 2014 (or 2015) is a different story.

Regarding Mayweather-Guerrero, I wasn’t “disappointed” by the outcome or by what transpired, I just wasn’t excited (or entertained) by the fight. I appreciated Mayweather’s ability to neutralize Guerrero with his lateral movement, feints and laser-fast and accurate right hands, but it became repetitive (and monotonous) going into the late rounds of the fight. I’m not a boxing purist. I need more than pure technique and effectiveness to capture my imagination.

I’m not saying that I wanted Mayweather to pressure Guerrero, launch a concentrated body attack or fight out of character at all. But are a few combinations per round too much to ask for? Again, I’m not asking for Mayweather to bite down Sugar Ray Leonard-style with six- and seven-punch power combos. I’m talking about simple one-twos and three-punch combinations when the time is right. I’m sorry, maybe I have the attention span of a 5 year old, but I get bored watching any boxer pot shot his way to a lopsided decision.  

I think you’re more entertained by Hopkins because the “old man” seems to give more effort than Mayweather does, even though he’s every bit the technician and ring general that Money May is. Both boxing masters neutralize their opponents’ strengths, but B-Hop usually does a little more than keep control of a contest. Sometimes this “extra effort” is expressed through roughhouse tactics or in-the-ring antics or mind games (such as when he did push-ups between rounds of his rematch with Jean Pascal), but other times the Philadelphia super veteran guns for a stoppage (or at least a knockdown) in fights that he’s in control of (such as the final round of the Kelly Pavlik bout). Fans appreciate the extra effort – and risk taking.

There is also added drama with B-Hop’s fights because of his advanced age, and because he often chooses to fight opponents who the media and odds makers install as prohibitive favorites (such as Felix Trinidad, Antonio Tarver, Pavlik and Pascal – all of whom were 3-to-1 favorites to beat Hopkins).

MAYWEATHER WISH LIST

Hey Doug,

After another dominant performance by pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr., here is my wish list of fights I would like see Mayweather in: Adrien Broner, Manny Pacquiao, Canelo, Sergio Martinez, and GGG. My list may look a little different from Al Haymon’s but why not push boxers to fight the best of the best? I mean if guys like Felix Trinidad, Oscar De La Hoya, and Sugar Ray Leonard moved up and won titles, why can’t Floyd Mayweather Jr. do the same? He most certainly has the skills and ability to do so. Great job with the mail blog, Doug. I am a faithful reader:) – Phillip Muniz

Well, Mayweather and his fans would remind you that he’s already moved up and won titles – lots of ‘em. He started at 130 pounds (where he won his first major title). He’s done more than enough since then to earn a first-ballot ticket to the hall of fame.

Many fans and media argue that he’s an all-time great. I don’t toss around the word “greatness” in boxing. Of the active fighters in the game right now, I only consider Hopkins to be great (for reasons I’ve listed numerous times in previous mailbags).

But in a nutshell, I believe that in order to achieve greatness in boxing, one has to dare to be great. This includes boxers who are gifted with great talent and have developed great skill/technique during the course of accomplished/lucrative careers. And by daring, I mean taking fights they know they can lose.

Mayweather has accomplished a lot in an amazing career, but I don’t think he’s ever taken a fight that he wasn’t absolutely sure that he would win. I don’t think he’s ever taken a fight in which at least half of the boxing media thought he would lose. That takes away from the anticipation of his bouts. By contrast, Hopkins has been the underdog many times. Oscar De La Hoya took more than a few fights in which he probably wasn’t sure he would win and a good portion of the media thought he would lose (his fights with Pernell Whitaker, Ike Quartey, Trinidad, Hopkins and Mayweather come to mind).

I’d like to see Mayweather go back up to 154 pounds (where he has struggled the most since his one scare against Jose Luis Castillo) and even to 160 pounds, before he calls it a career. I know his fans are calling me a “Hater” (with a capital ‘H’) right now by the mere suggestion of Floyd fighting at middleweight. They think I just want to see him lose. They are wrong. I want to see him challenged while he still has most of his speed and reflexes.

If Mayweather wants to be remembered as a truly great fighter, I think he’s got to at least try for a portion of the middleweight crown. That’s what Roberto Duran – who began his career at 119 pounds – did. That’s what De La Hoya did. De La Hoya won the WBO title in a bout he should have lost against Felix Sturm and then was stopped by the real middleweight champ. Oscar dared to be great and fell short. No shame in that. Duran fell short vs. undisputed champ and fellow future hall of famer Marvin Hagler in 1983, but he later won a piece of the 160-pound championship by outpointing Iran Barkley in THE RING’s Fight of the Year for 1989.

Duran, a fighter I have no problem calling “great,” was 37 years old (and a 3-to-1 underdog) when he beat Barkley. It’s not too late for Mayweather to emulate Hands of Stone. One of the five remaining fights on his Showtime/CBS contract could be Sergio Martinez, Gennady Golovkin or Peter Quillin.

I think Mayweather beats Pacquiao at this point in the Filipino icon’s career and he would take Broner to school. Alvarez is a worthy challenge and I think there’s a chance the fight will happen sometime in the next 12-24 months. A showdown with Pacquiao is the biggest event that can’t be made. A showdown with Alvarez is the biggest event than can be made.

But challenges to the middleweights you mentioned (Martinez and GGG) would net Mayweather the most “legacy points” and garner respect from even his most ardent critics.

APPRECIATE THE MASTER

Not sure I understand a lot of the comments under the articles about the Mayweather v Guerrero fight. I am no Money fan, in fact I was proud he blocked me on Twitter, but people need to appreciate his skills. Part of boxing is not getting hit! The only round he even kind of “ran” was 12, and that was just to prevent some freak knockout. He is a genius at what he does, and people should know by now that what he does is not a slugfest. He dominates with defense, insane reflexes and crazy hand speed. If you don’t appreciate those skills, don’t buy a Mayweather PPV. Every fight isn’t going to be a human cockfight like Alvarado/Rios. Ok, I will stop before I sound any more like a Money May nuthugger.

That said, who does Mayweather even fight next? Nothing out there seems that interesting other than Canelo, and I’m sure he would save that for later, if ever. Is Pacquiao finally not risky enough? Could the non-piss-drinking, non-raw-quayle-egg eating version of Marquez compete? Danny Garcia come up in weight? I honestly don’t see anyone giving him trouble at this point unless his skills quickly erode. Nobody is going to outbox him, so I wouldn’t mind seeing some of the guys with one punch knockout power give it a whirl like Rios, Matthysse, etc.

Love the mailbag. Keep up the good work! – Matt in Mattawan

Thanks Matt. I’ll try.

Apart from Alvarez, I don’t see any of the fighters you mentioned competing with Mayweather (especially the more-defensive minded version who fought on Saturday). Pacquiao and Marquez are too faded (I think their fourth fight took a lot out of both, but they were slowing down before their third bout). Garcia and Rios aren’t experienced or diverse enough in their ability. Matthysse is a little better than those two, but I have no idea how effective he’d be fighting above 140 pounds and he still needs an official victory over a top-rated fighter to be legit (we’ll see what happens vs. Peterson later this month).

I think Mayweather could find a lot of challenges at 154 pounds, not just vs. Canelo (though that’s the mega-fight). Erislandy Lara and Austin Trout would provide difficult styles along with their greater size and strength. Lara would be a very tough sell. Trout needs a few rebound victories.

Regarding Mayweather’s critics, I can’t speak for all of them obviously, but I don’t think everyone who has pooh-poohed the Guerrero fight is a blood thirsty ghoul incapable of appreciating the finer points of the Sweet Science. I just think they appreciate skill, technique and ring generalship more when it’s exhibited in a competitive or compelling fight – or if the master craft leads to a knockout.

However, you’re absolutely right that buyers must beware when ordering a pay-per-view event. Most of the folks complaining about how boring Saturday’s main event was knew that Mayweather has never been “Mr. Excitement.”

TWO-WEEK RECAP (OR “YOU SHOULDA PRINTED THIS LAST WEEK!”)

Wasup dude?! Where do we start, hmmm? Martinez won by the skin of his chinny chin chin. At least that’s what the three most important votes in the house said. I saw some rust and some slippage and now it looks like he’ll be out until 2014 with his latest hand injury. Maybe he should walk away now while he’s on top and let the young bucks fight it out over his title. Moving on to Stiverne-Arreola. I was in the house the night that Bermane suffered his lone defeat here in ThaLou! I remember saying to myself, “This dude ain’t isht!!” When I heard that he had signed to fight the only dude that can make a pork butt look sexy by comparison I just knew that he was going to end up like a watermelon dropped from an overpass into mid-day traffic! I guess this is why they fight the fights, dawg. He whooped Chris like a man who wasn’t able to jump out the window before the ham fisted husband came home from work.

What can I say about Peter NyQuillin? Dude makes men’s legs weaker than spending 20 straight nights in a brothel! 10 knockdowns in his last two fights. Once this dude learns how to fight on the inside he will be a problem. Getting to the Garcia-Judah fight. Zab, once again, did just enough to lose. He allowed the much slower Garcia to put him in his place right from the jump with the varied right hand leads that he threw out there. Danny isn’t all that SWIFT but he does have great timing. Every time Zab came with the straight left, whether he ate it or blocked it, Danny came right back and caught Zab watching his handy work. To me, that and right hand leads won him the fight. By the time Zab figured a way to get his shots off he was in need of a KO and Danny wasn’t having that. Still, both of these cats handled themselves admirably in my opinion. Looking forward to Garcia taking on the winner of Peterson-Matthysse. It baffles me how these cats all get to go to war with each other in order to get to Amir KhanNotTakeAPunch! Don’t get me wrong, I like Khan but this dude’s chin is like Adamantium…….in reverse! I know somewhere in the Boxerverse Michael Moorer and Wlad Klitschko’s chests were swelled with pride at his inability to take a shot without looking like a newborn colt! At any rate, he did what he had to do against the shopworn but still useful Diaz who at one time was top prospect and even PDiddy showed interest in his career until he showed that he was a level below elite.

The Ghost was on to something when started the fight with countering Floyd’s lead right hand. However, once Floyd adjusted and took away Robert’s counter it was a slow inevitable pin cushioning for poor old Guerrero. He must have felt like a soon to be dead bull as the matador stuck those blades in his ribs, shoulders and head. I honestly thought he would lose but that he’d do better. I hear that they are already talking about Guerrero-Ortiz. Ortiz is going to find himself in the same kind of fight that he was in with Lopez. Give me Guerrero by decision in that one. As for who FMjr is going to face in his next five fights. The answer is in his name JR! As in he’ll end his career feasting on JR Welterweights.

J’Leon Love gets props for looking to test himself against tough opposition and showed that he has a fighter’s heart beating in his chest. Will keep my eye on him. Rosado showed why he is viewed as a bit of a Boogeyman around 154-160 lbs but I don’t see a next level fighter there. He is a hard out for the top guys though. I like Santa Cruz but I see a real boxing lesson in his future. Angles give him real trouble. Expect to see certain fighters avoided by his camp in favor of those stupid enough to stand right in front of the Mexican Meat Grinder. By the way, I was in L.A. and saw Oscar walk past me with a shovel. Had no idea that he was going to the grave yard to find Cruz’ opponent for this PPV. No way Munoz should be on a $70 event like this, smh. Props to Mares for going back to his boxing roots and mixing in a fair amount of rough and tumble to bring Daniel Ponce de Leon into submission. It was a tad bit early but if Daniel was only going to just keep chucking left hands and pretty much nothing else he should have just retired after he beat Adrian Broner and finished on top. Ummm, wait he got robbed against Broner which makes up for his robbery of Gerry Penalosa so I guess that’s what they mean when they say what goes around comes around which is why I stopped sleeping with my wife’s sister because I didn’t want her to start sleeping with my brother because you know I don’t like to share. Got off topic there, sorry dawg. Holla back! – Fleetwood

Well worded, and worth posting the extra long email, Fleet. I meant to post last week’s email. Not sure what happened to it, but I’m happy to make up for it in this week’s truly MASSIVE Monday Mailbag (remember when I used to call it that?). You seriously had me laughing out loud with your take on Ponce de Leon.

I agree that Munoz had no business being in the ring with a comparative giant on Saturday and that Santa Cruz (I love your nickname for him) will have fits when he’s in with a mobile boxer (we saw glimpses of this in his final defense of the IBF title last December).

If Rosado can get back down to 154 pounds, I think he can win a world title on a good night. I see him as more of a gatekeeper at 160 pounds. I agree that Love showed that he’s got heart on Saturday, but I’m not sure he has the chin or durability to make it to the top of the middleweight division where monsters like GGG and Peter NyQuillin (by far your BEST fighter nickname ever) dwell. Still, I’ll be rooting for both Rosado and Love from now on.

I think you’re right about the outcome of Guerrero-Ortiz. I’d rather see The Ghost take on the winner of Maidana-Lopez.

Sadly, I think you are also on the money (see what I did there?) about what division Mayweather’s next few opponents will come from. 

I agree Garcia deserved the nod against Judah. If he can somehow beat the winner of Peterson-Matthysse, nobody can say that the young man from Philly doesn’t deserve to be called THE junior welterweight champ.

Stiverne surprised the hell out of me, too. And it was a pleasant surprise (even though my boy Chris had to take a punishing loss). The skill and smarts that Stiverne displayed (along with his usual speed and power) makes him an interesting player in a division that needs more heat. I’d love to see him take on Haye for the vacant WBC title (rather than either challenge Big Bro, who would simply grind both down to a monotonous late-rounds TKO).

I agree that Martinez is near the end. It would be great if he could cash out with a Mayweather showdown sometime in 2014, but he’ll probably wind up with the big pot head again, and sadly, Junior might get him in the rematch.

MAYWEATHER VS. ?????

Kudos to Mayweather. Whether you are a fan of his or not (I personally am not) you have to respect the fact that he gets the job done. He dominated Guerrero last night plain and simple.

I look forward to his next fight. There is no way he fights Canelo next, or probably ever. The weight discrepancy come fight night would just be too much. Canelo can re-hydrate up to 170+ on fight night, and Floyd is at his best when he weighs about the same as the welterweight limit. The weight he put on for the Cotto fight and the heavier gloves made a visible difference on his speed, which is a big part of his game. Yeah he fought Cotto at junior middle, but Cotto probably weighed less than Canelo the night of the fight. Plus Canelo would be faster and hit harder than Cotto. A 20-pound discrepancy doesn’t make for a fair fight in a bought contested at junior middleweight, and if it were any other fighter than Floyd people would be crying foul.

Due to height and weight discrepancies the only plausible fights Floyd would ever be interested in making at 154 would be against Lara and Trout (I’d prefer Lara, but realistically his lack of big name and counter style probably present little incentive for Floyd to take on the challenge). Even if Sergio comes down to 154 (the appropriate weight class for him), Floyd would probably consider Sergio’s combination of height, reach, and speed to be too much of a risk unless it was his final fight and he just wants what would probably be a $40+ million payday. With most of the big name guys tied up at 147 and the other being Pacquiao, if Floyd is going to fight once every 6 months the only welterweight he could fight next would be Kell Brook. Mayweather indicated that he would like to fight in England once before his career ends. If not Kell I’d love to see Danny Garcia or Peterson/Matthysse winner take on the challenge. I think Garcia and Matthysse would be down for the fight, I don’t know if their trainers or promoters would be as willing to make it happen. Khan would definitely fight him and so would Peterson (I hate Peterson. Even if he has low T and the synthetic testosterone is justified, he still made a conscientious decision to withhold his use from the commission for the Khan fight and that makes him a liar and a cheater in my book). I don’t know if any of those 5 guys would beat Floyd, but in my opinion those are fair fights that I think would be more competitive and interesting than Mayweather-Guerrero was. 

Last but not least, pretend that in a parallel universe Carlos Molina is an economically viable option to Floyd. The bout takes place at anywhere between 154-147. Molina has a pretty rough style. How do you think it plays out? Keep up the good work. – Berry

Thanks Barry. I tried imagining how a Mayweather-Molina matchup would play out, I really did, but the scenarios that went through my head kept lulling me to sleep at my desk. Since I really need to finish this mailbag and get some real rest, I’m afraid I’m going to have to skip your request to peak into a parallel universe (and pray to the boxing gods that this fight never happens in ours).

I think a Mayweather-Brook fight would be interesting, but if Floyd fights anyone in the UK, it’s going to be Khan, whose hand speed and combinations could trouble the future hall of famer. However, after his scare with Diaz I can’t see his chin holding up to the accurate right hands or sneaky hooks that snapped Guerrero’s head back repeatedly.

You’re right that Alvarez would enjoy a considerable weight advantage against Mayweather but that’s part of what makes that matchup so dangerous for Floyd and thus marketable. Canelo’s already large fan base would grow during the buildup to a Mayweather showdown because folks believe the young man really has a shot to win. Mayweather’s supporters would back Floyd even more ardently than usual because they know their hero would be facing a threat. If Canelo won, the sport would have a new star. Nobody would criticize Mayweather for fighting safety first against a younger, bigger, stronger opponent, and if he won, he’d have a meaningful victory to be proud of.

For the sake of the sport, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the fight will be made.

 

 

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