May 03, 2007

Buzz for De La Hoya-Mayweather: There's a buzz in this gambling town, where the events of next weekend are making some remember boxing's better times. The city is sold out, the beautiful people are on their way, and Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather Jr. are acting as if it's 1985 all over again.

posted by BornIcon to boxing at 09:54 AM - 13 comments

Mayweather is going to stomp a new hole on oscar. He should have stayed at the announcer table. I bet Vegas is jumping this weekend

posted by Debo270 at 10:27 AM on May 03

I think so too's to hoping the Golden Boy of old makes an appearance and makes this bout a classic! Boxing is in such a need for a good fight.

posted by BornIcon at 11:00 AM on May 03

Yeah, I suspect Mayweather is going to take this too; Oscar is far enough past his prime that it'll take something special for him to pull it out. But god, do I hope he shuts that selfish twerp up. I really miss boxing-as-legitimate-sport.

posted by chicobangs at 11:32 AM on May 03

I really miss boxing-as-legitimate-sport Yea, the good ol' days of....?? Wait a minute, boxing was legit?

posted by BornIcon at 11:37 AM on May 03

Boxing was legit but i was out of town that week.

posted by Debo270 at 11:47 AM on May 03

Mayweather has the fastest hands I have seen in a long time, and he has power too. I wouldn't count out Oscar though, he has shown that he can bang with heavy-hitters. I think the speed of Mayweather will be his biggest concern. If he can keep him away with the jab he might have a shot.

posted by yay-yo at 12:01 PM on May 03

Oscar said he will surprise everyone. he said he is faster that mayweather.

posted by Debo270 at 12:14 PM on May 03

Oscar said he will surprise everyone. he said he is faster that mayweather. That's the surprise. I respect what Oscar has done in his career but there's just no way that he's faster than Mayweather. But god, do I hope he shuts that selfish twerp up. Anyone else in agreement say I....... I Mayweather is known to trash talk but he's been taking it to a whole 'nother level. It's called disrespect.

posted by BornIcon at 01:42 PM on May 03

I've always loved Oscar. But even I think he's going to have a hard row to hoe this time. Though I can dream, can't I? Go Oscar!!!!!

posted by LadyGen at 01:52 PM on May 03

I really miss boxing-as-legitimate-sport Boxing has always had corrupt guys in charge, but I remember when I was a kid, I wanted to be a boxer. Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield on cable had a lot to do with it. Boxing, in general, on network TV had even more to do with it. My friends and I bought every issue of Ring magazine. Even collected boxing cards. Those days were a long time ago. De La Hoya vs. Mayweather might be boxing's swan song (at least with white America.) To be honest, I didn't think it had even one last hurrah left. (As a side note, the fight kind of reminds me of Rocky Balboa vs. Clubber Lang -- the first time.)

posted by forrestv at 04:05 PM on May 03

This fight will be a lot closer than most people think. Floyd is not as fast as he is given credit for, and Oscar is not a slow as he is being made out to be. Oscar's size, speed, heart, and experience will go a long way for him in this fight. Oscar by split decision. As for the death of is the lack of appealing characters and stories that are killing it.

posted by ggermanctl at 06:44 PM on May 03

As for the death of is the lack of appealing characters and stories that are killing it That and the fact that boxing is pretty much always on Pay Per View instead of network television. Big fights like this deserves PPV status but with MMA organizations like UFC and Pride on TV, Boxing is taking a backseat to the fight game fast.

posted by BornIcon at 04:49 AM on May 04

Oscar's grown into a pretty tough character and he almost always keeps his head when the fur starts to fly. Mayweather get's frustrated and emotional sometimes, so I think Oscar gets the thumbs up there. Mayweather has also had somewhat fragile hands in the past, so if he breaks one, it could make a big difference. He's determined enough to fight through stuff like that, but it has definitely made him less effective on occasion. Those are about the only advantages Oscar has as far as I can see. Mayweather is a frickin' little buzz saw. I've lived near Grand rapids all my life and Floyd has acted like a little prick for as long as I can recall, so I hope that De La Hoya slaps that infuriating smirk right off his face...but he'll need to be almost perfect to pull it off.

posted by ctal1999 at 06:10 PM on May 04

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