By Trevor Freeman
Last night Max Kellerman said that Floyd Mayweather Jr. had put on a “virtuoso” performance. This is the exact equivalent of me saying Tom Hanks performance in “Joe Versus The Volcano” was “virtuoso”. Max Kellerman even called into question what the judge who scored the fight for Oscar De La Hoya was watching. There are only three possible reasons for why Kellerman could have felt this way. They are:
a) He smoked a blunt with 50 Cent prior to the proceedings.
b) Floyd Mayweather Jr. set him up with an account over at the Bunny Ranch.
c) Lennox Lewis is a big fan of Floyd Mayweather Jr. and threatened to powerbomb Kellerman through the announce table while James Brown did his best Jim Ross impression yelling “Good God Almighty” if Kellerman didn’t pimp Floyd during the postfight coverage.
Going into last night’s fight Mayweather Jr. said he was going to “massacre” Oscar De La Hoya and yelled “you a pussy and I’m the top draw” at him. Mayweather Jr. did and proved neither last night. The entire fight consisted of Mayweather Jr. backpedaling, counterpunching and not even trying to give the casual fan a memorable performance. For what it’s worth, I scored the fight a draw. De La Hoya was the aggressor all night long and was the only fighter in that ring who cared about putting on a show that people will remember.
Anybody who claims that Mayweather Jr. is a “great” fighter simply has forgotten about how good “Sugar” Ray Leonard, “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler, and Tommy “Hit Man” Hearns really were. Saying Floyd is better than them is like saying Paris Hilton is better looking now than Jennie Garth was in 1992. It’s just not true. All three of those legends would have unloaded a world class ass whipping on Floyd Mayweather Jr. You know why….all three guys had a willingness to actually be a fighter. That’s my biggest beef with Floyd. Don’t talk all that smack on your HBO documentary and at press conferences up and down the globe if you are going to come out and fight like well…….a “pussy”. If Floyd Mayweather Jr. cared about his profession and his legacy, he would have stood in with De La Hoya and exchanged with him. Instead, Mayweather Jr. got on his bicycle and made Oscar chase him all night long.
Anytime I now hear an announcer claim Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the greatest pound for pound fighter on the planet, I am going to react the same way I do when somebody argues that “The Godfather III” is one of the best two movies in that trilogy. I’m going to give it the dismissive “you clearly have no idea what you are talking about” face and put forth the name Jermain Taylor. The difference between Taylor and “Pretty Boy” Floyd is that Taylor fights like somebody who actually likes to fight. To top it off, in the first 27 fights of his career he has already seen Bernard Hopkins twice and Winky Wright once. Plus, he has called out Joe Calzaghe. Both his fights with Hopkins were brutal affairs……..affairs I doubt we will ever see Floyd Mayweather Jr. involve himself in.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. did nothing for his legacy last night. In fact he probably lowered what casual fans thought about him. We wanted a performance to remember. Instead Mayweather Jr. gave us a performance to forget. If Floyd cares about his legacy then he will call up Oscar and set up another fight for six months from now. And in that one he will show the world a willingness to fight and he will dispose of a past his prime fighter like he should have done last night.
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