Surprise! Mayweather Wins!
By Barbara Pinnella
I was one of those in the majority regarding the Floyd
Mayweather/Juan Manuel Marquez fight – I so wanted Marquez
to win! But even I, still green compared with other
journalists who have spent years reporting on boxing, knew
that JMM was in trouble when the weights were announced. It
didn’t smell right to me, either. And of course, it wasn’t.
I’ve watched the fight twice, wanting to catch anything I
might have missed the first time. What I saw was a boxing
clinic put on my Mayweather, but it SHOULD have been! He
faced a fighter who was overmatched, through no fault of his
own. Marquez fought great; he did everything he could do and
used all he had to try to beat Floyd and his camp. But there
was no way he could permeate Mayweather’s strengths.
From beginning to end, the whole thing felt scripted, and in
a way, it was. The writings began when the fight was made in
the first place. Then we had the catch-weight chapter, which
proved to be a joke. Did he ever intend to weigh in at the
agreed upon weight? Nope!
I am so glad that JMM was able to go the distance. I guess I
understood it when he was asked a couple of times if he
wanted the fight to continue – he could only have won by a
knockout. But he is like so many of the tough Mexican
fighters, a warrior. They would have had to stop the fight,
he would not have thrown in the towel. I really hope that
Marquez faces a legitimate fighter who is in his own weight
class so he can display all the skills he has. I was there
when he fought Joel Casamayor, and I thought that was a
really good fight.
The evening was not without its laughs however, at least for
me. After the fight a match up was mentioned between
Mayweather and “Sugar” Shane Mosley, which immediately led
to Mosley trying to get in the face of Floyd, much to the
chagrin of announcer/interviewer Max Kellerman.
Was it disrespectful? Absolutely, if I bought it, but I just
couldn’t take it seriously. It really seemed as if the whole
thing was an act. Look, who walked Mayweather to the ring?
WWE superstar Triple H. As I watched the antics unfold I
couldn’t help but see instead WWE Chairman Vince McMahon
standing between John Cena and Randy Orton as they yelled
and pushed around him.
While this was so out of character for the usually polite
and soft-spoken Mosley, there still was just something about
it that I couldn’t completely buy. I have no idea what, and
if I’m wrong then Shane has really dropped down several
notches. Maybe he is in panic mode trying to get a fight.
But even with the post-fight press conference antics, I’m
not convinced. Time will tell, I guess.
Moving on, I can only hope that Manny Pacquiao doesn’t
suffer the same fate when he faces the tough Miguel Cotto in
November. I am a huge "Pacman" fan, and am looking forward
to a good fight.
Be safe and God Bless,
Viva La Raza,